Review: ‘The Effect’ at SF Playhouse (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Connie (Aylet Firstenberg) and Tristan (Joe Estlack) meet cute. They are experimental subjects housed in a clinic for four weeks as test subjects for a new antidepressant.  As they are thrown together under these intimate circumstances (they cannot leave and everyone else is staff),  Tristan, not surprisingly, makes a romantic move. As is […]

Review: ‘Born Yesterday’ at SF Playhouse (***)

by Charles Kruger Nobody could imagine anything more impossible or ridiculous than that gangster-style businessman Harry Brock (Michael Torres in an SF Playhouse debut) and his bimbo of a girlfriend, Billie Dawn (Millie Brooks), could possibly acquire influence among the respectable senators and lawyers in our nation’s capitol. Brock is crude, brutal, crooked and crass, […]

Review: ‘She Loves Me’ at San Francisco Playhouse (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger We all love traditional Christmas classics, whether Tiny Tim or George Bailey, Pyotr Tchaikovsky or Irving Berlin. But, in San Francisco, some of us are very grateful indeed to the SF Playhouse for their lovely tradition of offering the unexpected each Christmas season. Previous treasures have included Tennessee Williams’s charming, but rarely produced, Christmas […]

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: ‘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 […]