Review: ‘She Loves Me’ at San Francisco Playhouse (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger We all love traditional Christmas classics, whether Tiny Tim or George Bailey, Pyotr Tchaikovsky or Irving Berlin. But, in San Francisco, some of us are very grateful indeed to the SF Playhouse for their lovely tradition of offering the unexpected each Christmas season. Previous treasures have included Tennessee Williams’s charming, but rarely produced, Christmas […]

Review: ‘City of Angels’ at SF Playhouse (****)

by Charles Kruger So Larry Gelbart (Emmy-winner for “M*A*S*H” and screenwriter for “Tootsie”) knows from funny, and he’s no slacker on the sentiment, either. The premise is great: the show simultaneously follows the story of a novelist working on a screenplay adaptation of his book, while the screenplay itself is acted out simultaneously on an upstage […]

Review: ‘Promises, Promises’ at San Francisco Playhouse (***)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***) (“Promises, Promises” plays at San Francisco Playhouse through January 10, 2014.)  San Francisco Playhouse has made something of a tradition of alternative Christmas plays (Tennessee Williams’ rarely-seen “Period of Adjustment” in 2011, the charming and frivolous “Bell, Book and Candle” in 2012, and “Storefront Church” from John Patrick Shanley’s church and […]

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 […]