Review: ‘Timon of Athens’ at Cutting Ball (****)

by Charles Kruger Poor “Timon of Athens” — he doesn’t get much love. Rarely produced, this lesser Shakespearean play was most likely, scholars tell us, a collaboration with a lesser playwright, Thomas Middleton. It is counted as one of Shakespeare’s “problem” plays. So, why this production? Cutting Ball director Rob Melrose feels that in spite […]

Review: ‘Midsummer of Love’ (an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’) from We Players (***)

by Charles Kruger We Players describes their production of “Midsummer of Love” as “an erotic comedy of consent, cruelty and control.” Let’s get the cruelty part out of the way right now. The performance we attended at Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Center in El Sobrante was preceded by a 30 minute hike on a dusty […]