Review: ‘You Never Can Tell’ at California Shakespeare Theater (**1/2)

by Mark Johnson A large part of California Shakespeare Theater’s production of  George Bernard Shaw’s rarely produced “You Never Can Tell” is boisterous and hugely entertaining, roaring to life with clownish ebullience that will undoubtably delight audiences. It’s a shame that these moments can’t comprise the entire production, as the more serious moments of the evening come […]

Review: “Pygmalion” at California Shakespeare Theater (****)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ****) (“Pygmalion” plays at Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda from July 30 through August 24, 2014). From the opening moments, it is clear that Jonathan Moscone’s staging of Shaw’s masterpiece is extraordinary. The play famously begins in London’s Covent Garden outside the opera house, after a performance. Moscone has made a minor but […]