Review: “Antony and Cleopatra” (**1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: **1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) How might the romance of “Romeo and Juliet” play out if, instead of wet-behind-the-ears adolescents, the lovers were powerful middle aged leaders? In “Antony and Cleopatra,” Shakespeare explores this idea, among many other complex themes. The story of the middle aged […]

Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Shotgun Players (*****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Boy, am I eating (upstart) crow. And loving it. You see, when I learned that Mark Jackson and Shotgun Players were staging a production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece characterized as “Hamlet Roulette,” I was mildly intrigued but not exactly excited. In fact, I thought […]

Review: ‘Richard III’ at Marin Shakespeare (**1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: **1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) What matters most with Shakespeare is the language, right? In the current production of “Richard III” at Marin Shakespeare Company, the language is handled very well, indeed. Spoken with clear diction, and easy-to-understand meaning, the care with which director Robert Currier […]

Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Cal Shakes (****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) In the Elizabethan theatre, women were not allowed on stage. All of the characters were played by men and boys. In recent years, some directors have turned the tables on this tradition, offering all women productions of Shakespeare’s plays. In Cal […]