Review: ‘The Effect’ at SF Playhouse (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Connie (Aylet Firstenberg) and Tristan (Joe Estlack) meet cute. They are experimental subjects housed in a clinic for four weeks as test subjects for a new antidepressant.  As they are thrown together under these intimate circumstances (they cannot leave and everyone else is staff),  Tristan, not surprisingly, makes a romantic move. As is […]

Boxcar’s Sam Shepard in repertory: ‘A Lie of the Mind’ tells harsh and funny truth

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) Now that Boxcar has opened its final play in their altogether excellent series of Sam Shepard plays in repertory, one can take the opportunity  to reflect on the overall import of these pieces. Boxcar’s staging  of these family comedy/dramas one after another in these superior renditions is […]