Review: August Strindberg’s ‘A Dreamplay’ In A New Translation at Cutting Ball (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Realism could not contain the genius of Strindberg.  George Bernard Shaw was of the opinion that Scandinavian playwrights Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg were “giants of the theater.” Indeed they were and indeed they are. Anybody who has taken a theatre history survey class has encountered the work of Ibsen and Strindberg who, together, […]

Review: ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles in a new translation by Daniel Sullivan, by Cutting Ball Theater (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger (Rating: ****1/2) (Cutting Ball Theater’s production of “Antigone” will play at The EXIT Theater at 277 Taylor Street through March 22.) Members of Cutting Ball’s company spent several weeks this past summer studying techniques of movement and music at Teatr ZAR in Poland, the leading training school for the techniques of famed […]

Review: ‘Ubu Roi’ at Cutting Ball Theater (****)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ****) (Cutting Ball Theater’s production of “Ubu Roi” plays at The Exit Theatre from January 24 through February 23, 2014.) The premiere performance of Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi”, which took place in Paris in 1896, is legendary. As the lead character—the fat, flatulent, childish, disgusting, indecent, pathetic, monstrous and occasionally sexy Father […]