Review: “Passion” at CustomMade (*****)

by Charles Kruger Romantic love may be passionate or not, but in opera, theatre, and novels, we generally prefer passion to mere companionability, although the latter is often what works best in real life couplings, especially over time. But what about a romantic passion that is so overwhelming it is like an illness and seems […]

Review: “Rhinoceros” at A.C.T. (****)

by Charles Kruger Eugene Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros,” a classic example of Theatre of the Absurd, is a thinly veiled allegory for the unexpected and frightening rise of fascism in communities where it seems most unlikely to occur. The seemingly normal citizens of a small town in France begin, on an otherwise typical Sunday morning, to transform […]

SFIAF To Present ‘Speaking from the Body,’ a solo dance performance by Lucia August/Everybody Can Dance

by Charles Kruger A dancer  for over sixty years, Lucia August was formerly a company member of the beloved Bay area dance company, Dandelion Dancetheater, and has several times performed her unique style of storytelling in movement at the Edinburgh Fringe, where reviewers described her as “a dancer of tremendous joy.” Her work has been […]

SFIAF To Present Jessica Fudim & The Dance Animals in ‘Sheepish,’ plus the world premiere of ‘Frank’

by Charles Kruger Jessica Fudim is known to be eccentric.  Improvisation is typical of her work as artistic director of the Dance Animals. In every performance, she leaves room for the unexpected. Fudim and the Dance Animals blossomed as part of the legendary Queer community at  Mama Carizo’s Voice Factory, whose influence remains alive and […]

San Francisco International Arts Festival presents the West Coast premiere of “Antiwords” by Spitfire Company, a leading ensemble from the Czech Republic

by Charles Kruger Surely, there is nothing new under the sun. And surely it is the new that creative artists must seek, and hopefully achieve. Do you detect a contradiction? Of course you do. Creative artists are in the business of resolving this contradiction by combining the ancient, the tried, and the true in ever […]

San Francisco International Arts Festival Features the U. S. premiere of Hong Kong physical theater company Théâtre de la Feuille in ‘The Orphan Of Zhao’

by Charles Kruger “The Orphan of Zhao” is one of China’s oldest plays. A story of familial revenge, it is sometimes described as “the Chinese Hamlet.” There have been many versions over the centuries, both in Chinese and in translation. Théâtre de la Feuille is known for its expertise in physical theatre, and their production […]