‘Next To Normal’ at Pinole Players succeeds admirably as a chamber musical

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 3/5 » Recommended) (“Next To Normal” plays at Pinole Community Players from February 1 through February 16.) Brian Yorky and Tom Kitt’s “Next To Normal” is a distinguished work of musical theatre, well crafted and, in the modern manner, addressing a complex emotional subject, a mother’s horrific experience of mental illness and […]

Tony Kushner’s ‘A Bright Room Called Day’: Gripping theatre at CustomMade

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) Tony Kushner, most famous for Angels In America, is our most politically engaged major playwright. He is unafraid to paint on a wide historical canvas, showing us characters whose lives are intimately connected with their politics. What other American playwright will get at our emotions with a group […]