Review: ‘In Love and Warcraft’ — A Bay Area Premiere by Custom Made (****1/2)

(Charles Kruger) Rating: ****1/2   Madhuri Shekar is an up-and-coming LA-based playwright whose work has received enthusiastic notices. CustomMade Theatre has made an excellent choice in choosing to present the bay area premiere of her charming, twisty, romantic comedy, “In Love and Warcraft.” Nerdy but attractive Evie (the delightful Monica Ho) is not only a virgin, but […]

‘Merchant of Venice’ at CustomMade offers fresh insights in an excellent production

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) The Merchant of Venice is a problem play. The problem, of course, being primarily the monstrous character of Shylock the Jew. It is impossible to get around the play’s antisemitism. Shakespeare, being Shakespeare, of course humanizes Shylock. How could he not? But he begins with a caricature, […]

Tony Kushner’s ‘A Bright Room Called Day’: Gripping theatre at CustomMade

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) Tony Kushner, most famous for Angels In America, is our most politically engaged major playwright. He is unafraid to paint on a wide historical canvas, showing us characters whose lives are intimately connected with their politics. What other American playwright will get at our emotions with a group […]