Review: August Strindberg’s ‘A Dreamplay’ In A New Translation at Cutting Ball (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Realism could not contain the genius of Strindberg.  George Bernard Shaw was of the opinion that Scandinavian playwrights Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg were “giants of the theater.” Indeed they were and indeed they are. Anybody who has taken a theatre history survey class has encountered the work of Ibsen and Strindberg who, together, […]

Review: ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles in a new translation by Daniel Sullivan, by Cutting Ball Theater (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger (Rating: ****1/2) (Cutting Ball Theater’s production of “Antigone” will play at The EXIT Theater at 277 Taylor Street through March 22.) Members of Cutting Ball’s company spent several weeks this past summer studying techniques of movement and music at Teatr ZAR in Poland, the leading training school for the techniques of famed […]

Review: ‘The Chairs’ at Cutting Ball Theater

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: *****) (Eugene Ionesco’s “The Chairs” plays at the Cutting Ball Theater from March 7 through March 31, 2013.) Like Samuel Beckett’s even more famous “Waiting for Godot“, Ionesco‘s “The Chairs” (which Beckett greatly admired) combines low comedy with profound philosophical implications and deep tragedy. The author himself described it as a “tragic […]

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 […]