Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Shotgun Players (*****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Boy, am I eating (upstart) crow. And loving it. You see, when I learned that Mark Jackson and Shotgun Players were staging a production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece characterized as “Hamlet Roulette,” I was mildly intrigued but not exactly excited. In fact, I thought […]

Review: World premiere of ‘Ada and the Memory Engine’ by Lauren Gunderson, at Central Works (***)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: *** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Ada Byron Lovelace (Katherine Zdan) comes to life gracefully in Lauren Gunderson’s new play about Lord Byron’s daughter, who was an avant-garde mathematical genius, and the Mother of the Algorithm. Gunderson undertakes a difficult task in showing us how a […]

Review: ‘Antigonick’ at Shotgun Players (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “Antigonick” is not Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Not exactly. Even though the language and the story, with a few variations, are translated from the original, the play is credited to writer Anne Carson, perhaps because it is essentially more a commentary on Antigone […]

Mark Jackson’s ‘Salomania’ offers strikingly relevant depiction of WWI media sensationalism

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 3/5 stars » Recommended) “The Cult of the Clitoris” was the shocking 1918 headline in the right wing journal Vigilante published by paranoid British politician Noel Pemberton Billing. Billing promoted the theory that secret agents of the Kaiser were attempting to undermine British morale and manhood by luring British men (and women) into […]

SHOTGUN PLAYERS INVESTIGATE “GOD’S PLOT”, EARLY AMERICAN THEATRE, AND REVOLUTION WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF SILLY FUN

(Charles Kruger) “God’s Plot” written and directed by Mark Jackson, produced by Joe Mallon, Sue Trowbridge and Lynn MacDonald for Shotgun Players. Set: Nina Ball. Lighting: Heather Basarab. Costumes: Christine Crook. Composer: Daveen DiGiacomo. Technical Director: Anne Kendall. Stage Manager: Armanda-Louise Krieger. Assistant Stage Manager: Riley Kveton. Shotgun Players Founding Artistic Director: Patrick Dooley. Thomas Fowkes: […]