Review: World Premiere of ‘pen/man/ship’ at Magic Theatre (****)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ****) (pen/man/ship plays at Magic Theatre from May 28 through June 15, 2014.) Christina Anderson’s pen/man/ship is a remarkably ambitious play that aims for greatness and, in part, succeeds. Few settings  in American literature are as evocative as a ship at sea. From Melville’s Moby Dick to Steinbeck’s Lifeboat, the ship as a microcosm of […]

Magic Theatre’s ‘Bruja’: reimagining Medea

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 2/5 Stars » Worth Seeing) Playwright Luis Alfaro has been around for a while, and accomplished a great deal of remarkable work. He has been awarded fellowships by both the MacArthur Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. For ten years he worked with Los Angeles’ renowned Mark Taper Forum as Associate Producer, Director […]

Magic Theatre: U.S. premiere of Scottish playwright Linda McLean’s moving ‘Any Given Day’

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) It is a commonplace sort of observation to consider that on any given day, something might happen to change our lives for better or worse.  But Linda McLean‘s gentle exploration of this simple theme is anything but commonplace. It is glorious. McLean’s play delivers what we most hope […]