Review: Bay Area Premiere of Mickle Maher’s “There Is A Happiness That Morning Is” presented by Performers Under Stress (*****)

by Charles Kruger New York theatre gives us Broadway, and the best of commercial theatre, and the great American Musical, and a whole lot of other good stuff, but Chicago gives us . . . the alternative. Better theatrical minds than mine have tried to parse the differences between theatre as it is in the […]

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 […]

Boxcar Theatre’s ‘True West’ hits with hurricane force

(Charles Kruger) “True West” by Sam Shepherd, produced by Boxcar Theatre, collaboratively directed by artists of the Rep Series. Production Manager: Bonnie Robertson. Set Designers: Nick A. Olivero & Brian Trybom. Lighting Designer: Max Pierson. Costume Designer: Stacy Stagnaro. Prop Designer: Megan Lush. Fight Choreographer: Durand Garcia. Sound/Video Design: Nick A. Olivero Austin: Nick A. […]

CUSTOM MADE THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS” CONFUSES BLACK COMEDY WITH MELODRAMA

(Charles Kruger) “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” by Paul Zindel, produced by Custom Made Theatre Co. Director: Katja Rivera. Stage Manager: Ace Annese. Costume Designer: Scarlett Kellum. Lighting Designer: Dena Burd. Sound Designer: Maxx Kurzunski. Properties Designer: Derrick Hines. Beatrice: Michelle Jasso. Tillie: Julia Belanoff. Ruth: Alona Bach. Nanny: AJ Davenport. Janice: […]