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: “Stupid Fucking Bird” by Aaron Posner at San Francisco Playhouse (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ****1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Nobody in America who has taken a course on the history of theatre, or subscribed to a theatrical season with any artistic pretensions, has failed to encounter Anton Chekhov. Probably (along with Ibsen) the most influential playwright of the 20th century, his […]

Review: ‘Into The Woods’ at San Francisco Playhouse (***)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***) (“Into The Woods” plays at San Francisco Playhouse June 24 through September 6, 2014) We all know the stories of the Brothers Grimm: Cinderella marries the Prince (and lives happily ever after). The evil witch imprisons Rapunzel (and gets her comeuppance). Jack climbs the beanstalk and kills the giant so he and his […]