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

by Charles Kruger The title of this play obviously refers to its feature event—a family barbecue held for the purpose if performing an intervention for an alcoholic/addict—but also the way in which it “barbecues” our prejudices and preconceptions regarding race, poverty, addicition, recovery, pop culture, and more. It is a conflagration. And it is very […]

Review: ‘Red Velvet’ at S.F. Playhouse (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “Red Velvet” by Lolita Chakrabarti premiered at the Tricycle Theater, London, in 2012, starring her husband, the British actor, Adrian Lester. In 2014, the acclaimed historical play returned to London and also traveled to New York.  “Red Velvet” tells the true […]

Review: ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ at A.C.T. (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Thomas Stagnitta plays eager teen, Richard Miller, who runs the gamut from endearingly high to depressingly low, carrying the day in Eugene O’Neill’s 1931 play, “Ah, Wilderness!” with his ebullient enthusiasm. Although O’Neill wrote the classic comedy during the Great […]

Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Cal Shakes (****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) In the Elizabethan theatre, women were not allowed on stage. All of the characters were played by men and boys. In recent years, some directors have turned the tables on this tradition, offering all women productions of Shakespeare’s plays. In Cal […]