Review: Curmudgeonly Crumpet searches for humanity in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s delightful ‘Santaland Diaries’

There is a serious drinking game going on right now at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. It involves an elf by the name of Crumpet. In the pantheon of great elf names, … Continue reading Review: Curmudgeonly Crumpet searches for humanity in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s delightful ‘Santaland Diaries’

Review: San Jose Stage’s strong ‘Fool for Love’ is grimy and guttural

The relationship between Eddie and May is a disaster. Toxicity and tequila oozes through them like a vicious, running stream, and when they kiss, their lips don’t just meet. Their … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s strong ‘Fool for Love’ is grimy and guttural

Review: Intellectual ‘Watch on the Rhine’ is heavy on text, timely in its urgency

It takes very little time to see where “Watch on the Rhine” is headed. Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s newest drama, penned by American theatre great Lillian Hellman, is truly a throwback … Continue reading Review: Intellectual ‘Watch on the Rhine’ is heavy on text, timely in its urgency

Theatre of Yugen’s ‘Noh Christmas Carol’ fuses ancient Japanese with the classic Dickens tale

Spend any amount of time chatting with Nick Ishimaru, and you will hear the passion in his voice when it comes to the art form he shares with others. Ishimaru … Continue reading Theatre of Yugen’s ‘Noh Christmas Carol’ fuses ancient Japanese with the classic Dickens tale

Review: Cusack shines in folksy, uneven ‘Bright Star’

There is special providence when it comes to falling in love. Of the many solid things that The Curran’s uneven production of “Bright Star” does, capturing those anxious moments of … Continue reading Review: Cusack shines in folksy, uneven ‘Bright Star’

Broadway Review: Humanity at its finest in wonderful ‘Come From Away’

Recently, I attended the American Theatre Critics Association conference in New York City, where I saw four Broadway shows for review. The final of my four reviews is “Come From Away” which … Continue reading Broadway Review: Humanity at its finest in wonderful ‘Come From Away’

A Hellman renaissance for Berkeley Rep’s ‘Watch on the Rhine’

Lillian Hellman is one of the fiercest playwrights in history. While she is certainly known for her work writing iconic plays such as “The Little Foxes” and “The Children’s Hour,” … Continue reading A Hellman renaissance for Berkeley Rep’s ‘Watch on the Rhine’