Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Shotgun Players (*****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Boy, am I eating (upstart) crow. And loving it. You see, when I learned that Mark Jackson and Shotgun Players were staging a production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece characterized as “Hamlet Roulette,” I was mildly intrigued but not exactly excited. In fact, I thought […]

Review: ‘Antigonick’ at Shotgun Players (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “Antigonick” is not Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Not exactly. Even though the language and the story, with a few variations, are translated from the original, the play is credited to writer Anne Carson, perhaps because it is essentially more a commentary on Antigone […]

Review: ‘Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness’ at Shotgun Players (***1/2)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***1/2) (“Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness” plays at The Ashby Stage from December 5th 2013 through January 12th 2014.) Anthony Neilson‘s side splitting, mind bending sideshow extravaganza is a surprising, intelligent entertainment, bizarre and peculiar, touching and disturbing, disgusting and inspiring and almost ineffably sad. “Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness” […]

Magic Theatre: U.S. premiere of Scottish playwright Linda McLean’s moving ‘Any Given Day’

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) It is a commonplace sort of observation to consider that on any given day, something might happen to change our lives for better or worse.  But Linda McLean‘s gentle exploration of this simple theme is anything but commonplace. It is glorious. McLean’s play delivers what we most hope […]

SF Playhouse: Annie Baker’s ‘The Aliens’ is a masterpiece and not to be missed

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 5/5 Stars » Outstanding) Annie Baker‘s reputation is growing by leaps and bounds. A month ago, Aurora Theatre brought Ms. Baker’s work to the Bay area for the first time with an excellent production of Body Awareness. Currently, we have the even more excellent The Aliens at San Francisco Playhouse. When this play premiered in […]

Boxcar’s Sam Shepard in repertory: ‘A Lie of the Mind’ tells harsh and funny truth

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) Now that Boxcar has opened its final play in their altogether excellent series of Sam Shepard plays in repertory, one can take the opportunity  to reflect on the overall import of these pieces. Boxcar’s staging  of these family comedy/dramas one after another in these superior renditions is […]

“THE INTERNATIONALIST” = BEFUDDLING FUN

(Charles Kruger) “The Internationalist” by Anne Washburn, produced by Just Theater. Director: Jonathan Spector. Scenic Design: Jenn Scheller. Costume Design: Christine Crook. Lighting Design: Jim French. Sound Design: Zachary Watkins. Graphic Design: Julie Baum. Props Maser: Claire Rabkin. Production & Stage Manager: Alison Ostendorf. Asst. Director & ASM: Mark Meiklejohn. Producer: Glenn Carroll. Co-Artistic Director: […]