Review: ‘The Mystery of Irma Vep’ at California Shakespeare Theater (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) For his final directing project at California Shakespeare Festival (before he begins his new position at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), Jonathan Moscone has chosen to dive into the Theatre of the Ridiculous. Ronald Tavel, an early practioner and founder […]

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 […]