Review: World Premiere of “Swimmers” by Rachel Bonds at Marin Theatre Company (***)

by Charles Kruger Rating: *** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) From the opening scene of “Swimmers,” set in the basement of a nine floor office building where manager Charlene encounters custodian Walter, the audience knows they are in good hands. The writing is crisp, careful, and amusing, the characterizations clear. We […]

Review: ‘Choir Boy’ at Marin Theatre Company (*****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Black experience, obviously, is human experience and, even in America, where Black lives are inevitably impacted by our nation’s complex racial history, that experience is infinitely varied. To a great extent, though, our public media — popular entertainment and mainstream journalism […]

Review: “Stupid Fucking Bird” by Aaron Posner at San Francisco Playhouse (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ****1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Nobody in America who has taken a course on the history of theatre, or subscribed to a theatrical season with any artistic pretensions, has failed to encounter Anton Chekhov. Probably (along with Ibsen) the most influential playwright of the 20th century, his […]