Review: Bay area premiere of ‘Marjorie Prime’ at Marin Theatre Company (*****)

by Charles Kruger Jordan Harrison (author of “Maple and Vine” and  other exceptional plays) achieves the remarkable with “Marjorie Prime,” a rare sort of play that hits every mark: it is entertaining, has intellectual depth both philosophically and as social comment, and takes us on an empathic emotional ride with characters worth caring about. And […]

Review: Sarah De Lappe’s ‘The Wolves,’ a West Coast Premiere at Marin Theatre Company (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Any teenager will tell you their lives are richer emotionally, intellectually, creatively, and physically than many adults realize. Any honest adult will admit that, even with our best efforts, we sometimes unfairly treat teenagers as irritating, shallow, foolish and unworthy of our serious and respectful attention. If the teenagers in question are […]

Review: ‘peerless’ at Marin Theatre Company (***)

by Charles Kruger The pressured adolescent characters in Jiehae Park’s very original short play, “peerless,”  have initials (M, L, BF, D) or titles (Dirty Girl, Preppy Girl) for names, live in a generic town (Midwestern suburbia) attend a generic school (High school) and strive to achieve admission to a nameless college (The College). Like the Macbeth’s (whose […]

Review: ‘The Invisible Hand’ at Marin Theatre Company (****)

by Charles Kruger Playwright Ayad Akhtar is unafraid to explore moral ambiguities which challenge our assumptions.  Pakistani American Ayad Akhtar is a writer with a mission. Through multiple works, he has set himself the task of exploring the contemporary Muslim-American experience. Obviously, such an exploration cannot be limited to experience in the United States or simple […]