Review: ‘The Anarchist’ at Theatre Rhinoceros (**1/2)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: **1/2) (“The Anarchist” by David Mamet plays at the Eureka Theatre through January 17, 2015). Theatre Rhinoceros has given David Mamet‘s two-hander,  “The Anarchist”, a carefully considered, well acted west coast premiere. John Fisher’s direction is precise and intelligent, and the two actresses (Velina Brown and Tamar Cohn) have served the text well. […]

Review: World Premiere of ‘Recipe’ by Michael Gene Sullivan at Central Works (***)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***) (“Recipe” plays at Central Works in The Berkeley City Club October 18 through November 23, 2014.) Michael Gene Sullivan is resident playwright for the beloved San Francisco Mime Troupe, whose politically driven, unabashedly goofy agit-prop theatricals have been a Bay Area tradition since 1959 — an astonishing run of more than […]

Review: ‘The Chairs’ at Cutting Ball Theater

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: *****) (Eugene Ionesco’s “The Chairs” plays at the Cutting Ball Theater from March 7 through March 31, 2013.) Like Samuel Beckett’s even more famous “Waiting for Godot“, Ionesco‘s “The Chairs” (which Beckett greatly admired) combines low comedy with profound philosophical implications and deep tragedy. The author himself described it as a “tragic […]