Review: ‘Red Velvet’ at S.F. Playhouse (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “Red Velvet” by Lolita Chakrabarti premiered at the Tricycle Theater, London, in 2012, starring her husband, the British actor, Adrian Lester. In 2014, the acclaimed historical play returned to London and also traveled to New York.  “Red Velvet” tells the true […]

Review: ‘Colossal’ at SF Playhouse (***)

by Charles Kruger Rating: *** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Describing the genesis of his much celebrated play, playwright Andrew Hinderaker says that he was challenged by a mentor to “write a play so big, so bold, so seemingly impossible that theaters would be intimidated to put it on.” Something truly colossal. […]

Review: ‘Stage Kiss’ at SF Playhouse (****1/2)

by Victor Cordell Rating: ****1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Sarah rules! “Stage Kiss” is a Sarah Ruhl love letter to theater, and director Susi Damilano pushes all the right buttons to make it a frothy, enjoyable evening. An unnamed actress (called She in the program) is played with great conviction by […]

Review: ‘Company’ at SF Playhouse (*****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) The late ’60s and early ’70s were times of revolutionary cultural change in the USA, and it was reflected in our theatre. In 1969, the tribal love rock musical “Hair” was cause for celebration, but it was Sondheim’s “Company” that brought psychological […]