Review: “Mothers & Sons” at NCTC (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) When we first meet Katherine Gerard (Velina Brown), all bundled up in her classic mink coat which she refuses to shed, she is stiff-backed, cautious, and standoffish. She drops in, unannounced, on her dead son’s lover, Cal Porter (Andrew Nance), at […]

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 […]

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 […]