Review: Custom Made Theatre Company presents “Cloud 9” (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger The prolific Caryl Churchill has been delivering plays for five decades, often in association with London’s Royal Court Theatre, known particularly as an incubator for writers. An unabashedly political playwright, Churchill is known for her surreal explorations of themes related to feminism and colonialism. Skilled in comedy,  she delivers jokes that thrust […]

Review: “Passion” at CustomMade (*****)

by Charles Kruger Romantic love may be passionate or not, but in opera, theatre, and novels, we generally prefer passion to mere companionability, although the latter is often what works best in real life couplings, especially over time. But what about a romantic passion that is so overwhelming it is like an illness and seems […]

Review: ‘Grey Gardens: The Musical’ at CustomMade Theatre Company (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger ***1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Enthusiastic fans of the cult classic documentary film, “Grey Gardens,” have eagerly awaited the San Francisco premiere of the Broadway musical it inspired. CustomMade’s production, under the capable direction of Stuart Bousel and musical director David Aaron Brown does not disappoint. The […]