Review: ‘Hamlet’ at A.C.T. (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger It has been said of “Hamlet” that the poetic and philosophical content is so rich, the characters so perfectly realized, the plotting so masterfully intricate, the humor and tragedy so delicately balanced, that it is impossible for any production to completely fail. I get the point, but I’ve seen some Hamlets (emphatically […]

Review: ‘Othello’ by Ubuntu Theater Project, Berkeley (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Othello Presented in a Palace of Persian Splendor The issues of race and of religion recede in the aura of Eastern grandeur in Ubuntu Theater’s site-specific Othello, played at Emmett Eiland’s spectacular Oriental Rug showroom in North Berkeley.  Once we enter this palace of Persian splendor,  we are inside a realm of  […]

Review: ‘King Lear’, a puppet theatre adaptation by The Independent Eye (*****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Husband and wife team Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller have been making art together for many decades. From prestigious academic theatre departments to Milwaukee’s influential Theatre X to their own company, “The Independent Eye,” Conrad and Elizabeth have forged an extraordinary career, […]

African American Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ is exciting and easy to understand

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) Were you bored by Shakespeare in middle school? Is Julius Caesar a painful memory? African American Shakespeare Company has the cure in their current excellent production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece of politics and conspiracy. Setting the play in a contemporary, if unspecified, African context and speaking the verse […]