Review: “Mothers & Sons” at NCTC (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) When we first meet Katherine Gerard (Velina Brown), all bundled up in her classic mink coat which she refuses to shed, she is stiff-backed, cautious, and standoffish. She drops in, unannounced, on her dead son’s lover, Cal Porter (Andrew Nance), at […]

Review: World premiere of ‘Sagittarius Ponderosa’ by MJ Kaufman at New Conservatory Theatre Center (**1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: **1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “Sagittarius Ponderosa” is a sweet dream-like play with some lovely writing, characterizations, and acting, but it is at times difficult to follow exactly what is going on. It is Thanksgiving, and young Angela has returned to her rural home for unclear […]

Review: ‘Standing on Ceremony—The Gay Marriage Plays’ at New Conservatory Theatre Center (***)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***) (“Standing On Ceremony—The Gay Marriage Plays” continues at New Conservatory Theatre Center through April 27, 2014.) With gay marriage increasingly legal and even commonplace in some communities, it is no surprise that New Conservatory Theatre Center, one of San Francisco’s premiere theatre organizations for the gay community, would want to address […]

Review: ‘Pansy’ at New Conservatory Theatre Center

(Charles Kruger) Rating: (*****) (“Pansy” plays at the New Conservatory Theatre Center through June 29, 2013). If you’re looking for a theatre outing suitable for Pride weekend, look no further than Evan Johnson’s new solo play, “Pansy”, at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Mr. Johnson is an Artist in Residence with NCTC’s prestigious Emerging Artist […]