Review: World Premiere of “Kill The Debbie Downers! Kill Them! Kill Them! Kill Them Off!” by Shotgun Players (****)

by Charles Kruger In this production, the words of Anton Chekhov are spoken, but what we see is certainly not his famous “Three Sisters,” but a creative exploration of that play’s themes and characters, rearranged into something new and strange and entrancing. The original piece is notoriously depressing, full of sad melody, disappointment, and loss. […]

Review: ‘The Effect’ at SF Playhouse (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Connie (Aylet Firstenberg) and Tristan (Joe Estlack) meet cute. They are experimental subjects housed in a clinic for four weeks as test subjects for a new antidepressant.  As they are thrown together under these intimate circumstances (they cannot leave and everyone else is staff),  Tristan, not surprisingly, makes a romantic move. As is […]

Review: Sarah De Lappe’s ‘The Wolves,’ a West Coast Premiere at Marin Theatre Company (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Any teenager will tell you their lives are richer emotionally, intellectually, creatively, and physically than many adults realize. Any honest adult will admit that, even with our best efforts, we sometimes unfairly treat teenagers as irritating, shallow, foolish and unworthy of our serious and respectful attention. If the teenagers in question are […]