Review: “Antony and Cleopatra” (**1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: **1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) How might the romance of “Romeo and Juliet” play out if, instead of wet-behind-the-ears adolescents, the lovers were powerful middle aged leaders? In “Antony and Cleopatra,” Shakespeare explores this idea, among many other complex themes. The story of the middle aged […]

Review: World Premiere of “Swimmers” by Rachel Bonds at Marin Theatre Company (***)

by Charles Kruger Rating: *** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) From the opening scene of “Swimmers,” set in the basement of a nine floor office building where manager Charlene encounters custodian Walter, the audience knows they are in good hands. The writing is crisp, careful, and amusing, the characterizations clear. We […]

Review: ‘The Convert’ by Danai Gurira at Marin Theatre Company (Rating: *****)

by Charles Kruger (Rating: *****) (“The Convert” plays at Marin Theatre Company through March 15, 2015 at The Marin Theatre Company.) The opening sequence, performed mostly in the Shona language, of Danai Gurira’s “The Convert” throws us rapidly and delightfully into the complex story to follow. A native woman, dressed in Western garb, is cleaning […]

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 […]

Silence is golden in Annie Baker’s ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ at Marin Theatre Company

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 5/5 » Outstanding) Since Beckett began confusing and astounding generations of critics and theatre goers with such peculiarities as Waiting for Godot, Endgame and Krapp’s Last Tape, silence, repetition and the awkward moment have been recognized as among the most effective theatrical tools. Most sophisticated theatre goers have encountered the famous “Pinter pause“. David Mamet […]