Review: Bay area premiere of ‘Marjorie Prime’ at Marin Theatre Company (*****)

by Charles Kruger Jordan Harrison (author of “Maple and Vine” and  other exceptional plays) achieves the remarkable with “Marjorie Prime,” a rare sort of play that hits every mark: it is entertaining, has intellectual depth both philosophically and as social comment, and takes us on an empathic emotional ride with characters worth caring about. And […]

Review: ‘The Gathering’ (**1/2)

by Charles Kruger Can there ever be enough of “Never Again”? It is 1985. Ronald Reagan’s White House has just announced a presidential visit to Germany where he will visit a war cemetery at Bitberg, final resting place of many notorious Nazis. A speechwriter, Stuart, the son of death camp survivor Gabe, will have to write a […]

Review: ‘Storefront Church’ at SF Playhouse (***1/2)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***1/2) (“Storefront Church” plays at San Francisco Playhouse from 11/30/13 through 01/11/14.) “Storefront Church” is the third play in John Patrick Shanley‘s “Church and State” trilogy. “Doubt“, the first play of the series, won Shanley a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize and went on to be made into a critically-acclaimed film starring Maggie Smith and […]

‘Body Awareness’: Insight and humor in lesbian academia

(Charles Kruger) “Body Awareness” by Annie Baker, produced by Aurora Theatre Company. Director: Joy Carlin. Sets & Lights: Kent Dorsey. Costumes: Christine Dougherty. Composer &  Sound Designer: Chris Houston. Properties: Mia Baxter. Stage Manager: Corrie Bennett. Phyllis: Amy Resnick. Joyce: Jeri Lynn Cohen. Jared: Patrick Russell. Frank: Howard Swain. (performance attended Friday, February 3, 2012) […]