Review: ‘Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies’ at Custommade Theatre Company (***)

by Charles Kruger In “Hooded or Being Black for Dummies,” playwright Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm does not hesitate to directly address stereotypes in ways that might easily offend, provoke uncomfortable laughter, or confused silence. But audiences need not fear, as Chisholm makes it easy to understand how to respond. Before the action of the play begins, […]

Review: ‘Born Yesterday’ at SF Playhouse (***)

by Charles Kruger Nobody could imagine anything more impossible or ridiculous than that gangster-style businessman Harry Brock (Michael Torres in an SF Playhouse debut) and his bimbo of a girlfriend, Billie Dawn (Millie Brooks), could possibly acquire influence among the respectable senators and lawyers in our nation’s capitol. Brock is crude, brutal, crooked and crass, […]