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: World premiere of Andrew Saito’s ‘Mount Misery’ at Cutting Ball (*****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) In 2003, George Bush’s Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld, defender of water-boarding and “enhanced interrogation techniques” purchased a former bed-and-breakfast as a summer home in the fashionable small town of St. Michaels, Maryland. The house, known as “Mount Misery,” was a former […]

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: Cutting Ball Theater and Campo Santo present ‘Superheroes’ at The Exit (****1/2)

(Charles Kruger) (****1/2) (“Superheroes” will play at The Exit through December 21, 2014).  The opening of “Superheroes” as staged by playwright/director Sean San José is powerful. Six actor/dancers explode across the stage against a set depicting an urban outland, perhaps beneath a freeway overpass, as images and text from news coverage of the contra wars and the crack […]

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 […]