Review: ‘The Village Bike’ at Shotgun Players (****)

“She moves pretty quickly to more fleshly and flamboyant sexual innuendoes and encounters with the bumbling plumber, Mike (David Sinaiko), as they debate the state of her sweaty pipes.”

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Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Shotgun Players (*****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Boy, am I eating (upstart) crow. And loving it. You see, when I learned that Mark Jackson and Shotgun Players were staging a production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece characterized as “Hamlet Roulette,” I was mildly intrigued but not exactly excited. In fact, I thought […]

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: ‘Antigonick’ at Shotgun Players (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “Antigonick” is not Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Not exactly. Even though the language and the story, with a few variations, are translated from the original, the play is credited to writer Anne Carson, perhaps because it is essentially more a commentary on Antigone […]

Review: ‘The Chairs’ at Cutting Ball Theater

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: *****) (Eugene Ionesco’s “The Chairs” plays at the Cutting Ball Theater from March 7 through March 31, 2013.) Like Samuel Beckett’s even more famous “Waiting for Godot“, Ionesco‘s “The Chairs” (which Beckett greatly admired) combines low comedy with profound philosophical implications and deep tragedy. The author himself described it as a “tragic […]