Review: ‘Yoga Play’ at SF Playhouse (****)

by Charles Kruger Dipika Guna’s “Yoga Play” touches intelligently on important themes such as cultural appropriation, exploitation, consumerism, fat shaming, and workplace abuse. But don’t expect an earnest evening of politically correct theatre.  Sure, “Yoga Play” will encourage you to think, but mostly, it’s about making you laugh. And laugh you will. On opening night, […]

Review: ‘Storefront Church’ at SF Playhouse (***1/2)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***1/2) (“Storefront Church” plays at San Francisco Playhouse from 11/30/13 through 01/11/14.) “Storefront Church” is the third play in John Patrick Shanley‘s “Church and State” trilogy. “Doubt“, the first play of the series, won Shanley a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize and went on to be made into a critically-acclaimed film starring Maggie Smith and […]

Review: ‘Pansy’ at New Conservatory Theatre Center

(Charles Kruger) Rating: (*****) (“Pansy” plays at the New Conservatory Theatre Center through June 29, 2013). If you’re looking for a theatre outing suitable for Pride weekend, look no further than Evan Johnson’s new solo play, “Pansy”, at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Mr. Johnson is an Artist in Residence with NCTC’s prestigious Emerging Artist […]

Boxcar’s Sam Shepard in repertory: ‘A Lie of the Mind’ tells harsh and funny truth

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) Now that Boxcar has opened its final play in their altogether excellent series of Sam Shepard plays in repertory, one can take the opportunity  to reflect on the overall import of these pieces. Boxcar’s staging  of these family comedy/dramas one after another in these superior renditions is […]