Review: ‘Timon of Athens’ at Cutting Ball (****)

by Charles Kruger Poor “Timon of Athens” — he doesn’t get much love. Rarely produced, this lesser Shakespearean play was most likely, scholars tell us, a collaboration with a lesser playwright, Thomas Middleton. It is counted as one of Shakespeare’s “problem” plays. So, why this production? Cutting Ball director Rob Melrose feels that in spite […]

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: World premiere of Andrew Saito’s ‘Mount Misery’ at Cutting Ball (*****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) In 2003, George Bush’s Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld, defender of water-boarding and “enhanced interrogation techniques” purchased a former bed-and-breakfast as a summer home in the fashionable small town of St. Michaels, Maryland. The house, known as “Mount Misery,” was a former […]

Review: ‘Ubu Roi’ at Cutting Ball Theater (****)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ****) (Cutting Ball Theater’s production of “Ubu Roi” plays at The Exit Theatre from January 24 through February 23, 2014.) The premiere performance of Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi”, which took place in Paris in 1896, is legendary. As the lead character—the fat, flatulent, childish, disgusting, indecent, pathetic, monstrous and occasionally sexy Father […]

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 […]