PianoFight: ‘Octopus’s Garden’ brings a gay family to the stage

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 2/5 Stars » Somewhat Engaging) What makes a play stageworthy? I would say that a good play requires an interesting situation and dynamic characters  so thoroughly invested in the circumstances that they respond with overwhelming emotional intensity. Characters and situation combined create an explosive result. Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire for example: […]

PianoFight: Comedy sketch troupe Mission CTRL threatens to make you laugh till you hurt

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 3/5 Stars » Recommended) Sketch comedy is not quite standup, not quite improvisational and not quite traditional theatre. It’s a goofy hybrid that was born of Vaudeville comedy routines, raised in the variety television series, and attained glorious maturity on The Carol Burnett Show and the early seasons of Saturday Night Live. […]