If it's two days after an opening night, this must be what we call Review Friday. Today's the day reviews of Tiny Kushner begin rolling in, and we're enormously pleased and proud of this Tiny accomplishment. Congratulations to Artistic Director Tony Taccone and his fantastic cast — J.C. Cutler, Kate Eifrig, Jim Lichtscheidl, and Valeri Mudek.
Here's a sampling of the critical response, along with links to the complete reviews.
Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle:
“Penetrating… buoyant… blistering… exhilarating! Broad reach and Kushner’s eclectic, wicked wit make for a great deal of charm and excitement in Tiny Kushner, an anthology of five short plays... it’s impressive how well the five plays fit together, because they were written at different times for different purposes... Hefty political and moral issues dance with buoyant shtick [as] penetrating comedy and theatrical strokes light up the stage, fully exploited by director Tony Taccone and four versatile actors.”
Karen D'Souza of the San Jose Mercury News / Bay Area News Group:
“Keenly directed by Tony Taccone, it’s a multifaceted theatrical crown of small gems… all of which offer dazzling insights into the teeming brain of one of our most celebrated playwrights… By turns quirky and cosmic, these wee one-acts were written at different times for different reasons, but they coalesce in a tartly existential meditation on the bedrock national themes of death, taxes and redemption. Kushner’s genius for the idiosyncratic speech patterns of a universe of characters, from militant survivalists to petulant teens, remains mind-blowing.”
Leslie Katz of the San Francisco Examiner:
“The only tiny thing about Tiny Kushner is that it’s made up of five short one-acts. The play, by Tony-, Emmy- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner, perhaps best known for the epic Angels in America, is a really big show. It’s brainy, complex, political, crazy, funny, sarcastic and a little bit touching...An evening of one-of-a-kind entertainment that dares to raise — as well as try to answer — questions about humanity and morality.”
Tiny Kushner continues through Nov. 29 on the Thrust Stage. Visit our online box office or call 510 647-2949 for ticket information.
Above photo: Valeri Mudek and Kate Eifrig in Flip Flop Fly!,
one of the five short plays in Tiny Kushner.
Photo courtesy of mellopix.com