Review: World premiere of two one act plays — ‘Remember the I-Hotel’ and ‘Presenting . . . The Monstress’ (***)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Based on short stories by Filipino-American San Francisco author Lysley Tenorio, Monstress is an evening of two one act plays (“Remember the I-Hotel” by Philip Kan Gotanda and “Presenting . . . The Monstress” by Sean San José) exploring Filipino-American experience. The plays […]

Review: Cutting Ball Theater and Campo Santo present ‘Superheroes’ at The Exit (****1/2)

(Charles Kruger) (****1/2) (“Superheroes” will play at The Exit through December 21, 2014).  The opening of “Superheroes” as staged by playwright/director Sean San José is powerful. Six actor/dancers explode across the stage against a set depicting an urban outland, perhaps beneath a freeway overpass, as images and text from news coverage of the contra wars and the crack […]

Magic Theatre’s ‘Bruja’: reimagining Medea

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 2/5 Stars » Worth Seeing) Playwright Luis Alfaro has been around for a while, and accomplished a great deal of remarkable work. He has been awarded fellowships by both the MacArthur Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. For ten years he worked with Los Angeles’ renowned Mark Taper Forum as Associate Producer, Director […]