Wily West Productions* and Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco present Sheherezade 14, a Festival of New Plays

(Charles Kruger) (Sheherezade 14 will play June  7 through 28 at The Exit Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights) Summer is icumen in, and with it  the stirrings of new life for our local Bay area theatre scene. For thirteen consecutive years, the Playwright’s Center of San Francisco has been producing Sheherezade, a celebration of new short works […]

Get your Halloween rolling with Wily West Productions’* ghostly world premiere of Rod McFadden’s new play, ‘Hope’s Last Chance,’ at Exit Theatre

(Charles Kruger) (Wily West’s production of “Hope’s Last Chance” will spook The Exit Theatre from October 3 through October 26.) Wily West Productions are specialists in original theatre written and produced locally and featuring local talent. Followers of TheatreStorm will be aware of their rapidly expanding reach as evidenced by their participation this year in […]

Review: ‘Camelot’ at San Francisco Playhouse

(Charles Kruger) Rating: ***** (“Camelot” plays at the SF Playhouse July 16 to September 21, 2013) Lerner and Loewe‘s charming musical of Arthur and Guinevere carries a lot of historical weight. Few viewers will forget that this was one of Jack Kennedy’s favorite plays, with its vision of a kingdom where might is always used for […]

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 […]

‘Merchant of Venice’ at CustomMade offers fresh insights in an excellent production

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) The Merchant of Venice is a problem play. The problem, of course, being primarily the monstrous character of Shylock the Jew. It is impossible to get around the play’s antisemitism. Shakespeare, being Shakespeare, of course humanizes Shylock. How could he not? But he begins with a caricature, […]