Review: ‘The Invisible Hand’ at Marin Theatre Company (****)

by Charles Kruger Playwright Ayad Akhtar is unafraid to explore moral ambiguities which challenge our assumptions.  Pakistani American Ayad Akhtar is a writer with a mission. Through multiple works, he has set himself the task of exploring the contemporary Muslim-American experience. Obviously, such an exploration cannot be limited to experience in the United States or simple […]

Review: ‘The Convert’ by Danai Gurira at Marin Theatre Company (Rating: *****)

by Charles Kruger (Rating: *****) (“The Convert” plays at Marin Theatre Company through March 15, 2015 at The Marin Theatre Company.) The opening sequence, performed mostly in the Shona language, of Danai Gurira’s “The Convert” throws us rapidly and delightfully into the complex story to follow. A native woman, dressed in Western garb, is cleaning […]

‘Topdog/Underdog’ receives layered, fascinating production at Marin Theatre Company

(Charles Kruger) Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended “People are funny about that Lincon sh*t. People want their history in a certain way,” observes one of the characters in Suzan Lori-Parks prize winning play, “Top Dog/Underdog”. The play tells the history and explores the relationship of two Black brothers named Lincoln and Booth (their absent Dad […]

‘A Steady Rain’ at Marin Theatre Company: Disturbing but unsatisfying

(Charles Kruger) “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff, produced by Marin Theatre Company. Director: Meredith McDonough. Scenic Designer: Andrew Boyce. Lighting Designer: Lucas Krech. Costume Designer: Maggie Whitaker. Sound Designer: Chris Houston. Denny: Khris Lewi. Joey: Kevin Rolston. (performance attended Thursday, February 7, 2012) The west coast premiere of Chicago playwright (and Mad Men writer) […]

‘Body Awareness’: Insight and humor in lesbian academia

(Charles Kruger) “Body Awareness” by Annie Baker, produced by Aurora Theatre Company. Director: Joy Carlin. Sets & Lights: Kent Dorsey. Costumes: Christine Dougherty. Composer &  Sound Designer: Chris Houston. Properties: Mia Baxter. Stage Manager: Corrie Bennett. Phyllis: Amy Resnick. Joyce: Jeri Lynn Cohen. Jared: Patrick Russell. Frank: Howard Swain. (performance attended Friday, February 3, 2012) […]