Review: ‘ The Liar’ at Center Rep in Walnut Creek (****)

by Charles Kruger There are few plays in the entire theatrical repertoire as funny as classic French comedies-of-manner. For years, though, English translations have been hobbled by the requirement that all the text be written in rhymed couplets. Too often, the results did not flow trippingly upon the tongue. But in recent years, the extraordinary […]

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 […]

MARIN THEATRE COMPANY BRILLIANTLY RE-ENVISIONS “THE GLASS MENAGERIE” IN A MEMORABLE PRODUCTION

(Charles Kruger) “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, produced by Marin Theatre Company. Director: Jasson Minadakis. Scenic Designer: Kat Conley. Lighting Designer: Ben Wilhelm. Costume Designer: Jacqueline Firkins. Composer & Sound Designer: Chris Houston. Dialect Coach: Lynne Sofer. Properties: Seren Helday. Tom: Nicholas Pelczar. Amanda: Sherman Fracher. Laura: Anna Bullard. Jim: Craig Marker. Musician: Andrew […]