The beginning of Thomas Bradshaw’s 2009 one-act “The Bereaved” — the first of Bradshaw’s many plays to be produced locally, thanks to Crowded Fire Theater — seems like a domestic comedy.
Husband Michael (Lawrence Radecker), a low-wage-earning, unambitious adjunct professor, is fiddling on his computer. Lawyer wife Carol (Michele Leavy) stomps in after a busy work day. Read More
Just when you think you’ve figured out who the characters are, and what’s going on in Tunisian-Swedish playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s 2011 Obie Award winner “Invasion!” you’re thrown for a loop.The satirical comedy, which premiered in Sweden in 2006, is receiving a buoyant production by Crowded Fire Theater Company under director Evren Odcikin. Read More
Local playwright Lauren Gunderson’s edgy comedy (the amusing title is from the famous stage direction in Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”) is not the first play in which a vengeful woman ties down a man and rants at him — think Ariel Dorfman’s “Death and the Maiden,” for one. But this rolling world premiere (an agreement among Crowded Fire Theater Company and two theaters, in Atlanta and Seattle, respectively) boasts an unusual concept. Read More
“Drip” is the first play by Christina Anderson to be seen in the Bay Area, and not a moment too soon. Hooray for the tiny Crowded Fire for helping her develop it and for premiering it here. (Anderson’s currently a master of fine arts candidate in playwriting at Yale.)
The title refers to the steady drip-drip-drip of an i.v., which represents the ever-present reality that overhangs this luminous, surreal memory play.