Review: ‘Free For All: A New ‘Miss Julie’ for a New World,’ a world premiere at Cutting Ball (*****)

by Charles Kruger Playwright Megan Cohen and co-developer/director Ariel Craft have reconsidered a naturalistic classic (Strindberg’s “Miss Julie”) with spectacular results. Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” is recognized as a masterpiece, and often considered, along with Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler,” to be one of the most important plays of the late 19th century, a time when writers were […]

Review: “The War of the Roses” (from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” trilogy + “Richard III) at California Shakespeare Theater (****)

by Charles Kruger Richard The Third is one of Shakespeare’s most popular characters for good reason. As purely evil as Iago, Richard’s charming personality and delight in villainy make him fascinate audiences. Few actors could resist the chance to embody him. Certainly not Danny Scheie, a Bay area Shakespearean stalwart. The beloved UC Santa Cruz […]

Review: World Premiere of ‘Demetrius Unbound (or the Homeric Midlife Crisis)’ by Bare Flag Theatre Company (**1/2)

by Victor Cordell Rating: **1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) To contextualize Soren Oliver’s “Demetrius Unbound (or the Homeric Midlife Crisis),” those familiar with Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” need only remember the title character as one of the four lovers subjected to Puck’s pixie dust. Demetrius was tricked into marrying Helena, […]

Review: ‘The Way West’ at Marin Theatre Company (**1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: **1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Mona Mansour definitely has something important to say about American culture with “The Way West.” The family depicted in this western comedy is definitely headed into the sunset. Mom is facing bankruptcy, is a serial car-crasher, and is suffering from a mysterious […]