“CRYSTAL SPRINGS” SURE IS MAKING A SPLASH AT THE EUREKA THEATRE

by Buzzin' Lee Hartgrave on March 14, 2014

The play is based on actual events. It’s an all too familiar story of cyber bullying. The play kinda borrowed from Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal”. The story is told in reverse. So there might be some confusion. The climax comes early and keeps the audience on the edge of the seat – but landing is soft.

The all female cast does excellent work in bringing the varied characters to life. All give effective performances, but you will have to keep attention to the compassionate detail.

Crystal Springs brings to the San Francisco Stage stories that evoke many intense moments. Kathy Rucker a local playwright shows great promise. This is an Hour worth seeing.

HERE ARE THE ‘POWERHOUSE’ ACTORS: Sally Clawson, Siobhan Fitzgerald, Marissa Keltie, Heather Rolbinson, Monica Ammerman, Amy Prosser, Susan Shay, and Lisa-Marie Newton. Stage manager – Marie Shell.

Kathy Rucker, Playwright
Anna Jordan, Director

A WORLD PREMIERE Plays through March 23, 2014

Rating: Three Glasses of Champagne***(stars)

LOVE AND DEMONS
FILM FEATURING LOCAL
CAST AND MUSICIANS

La La Hoop De Doo — A local San Francisco film Comedy features Local stars and Musicians. I was thrilled to see it. JP Allen’s new dark film is lots of fun. Everyone on the screen is headed for a collision course.

The filming is done in spectacular locations in and about Mount Tamalpais and San Francisco. I never knew that both locations were that stunning. Geez, I even thought that there was Fresh Blue Musk rafting around the Theater. A women in front of me spilled all of her popcorn on the floor. Women do get jittery don’t they? Hey, it’s just musk. Eat your popcorn.

The outstanding performances and music (even singing) is really and truly compassionate. Its O.K. – It’s just heavy breathing. Oh sure, there was a little sniffing of something that made them overwhelmed in the sex department. This movie knows how to “Rouse and Break Hearts”. I think you get the drift.

Ooops — there are a couple of Demons that weave temptation, violence and some out of bounds drugs. O.K. – throw in a collision course. I think this movie is absolutely the funniest comedy in a long time. And lots of it goes along beaches and trees and a lot of breathless fun. This sure as hell is a fascinating script. You know how hot and bothered you can get.

JP Allen’s “Love and Demons” will be on the Opera Plaza on Van Ness for a one week run. Opening night (4/14).

This Theatrical Premiere stars: – Director/actor JP Allen, actors Chris Pflekuger, Lucia Frangione, Amica Skulstad Brown, and Musicians Rossana Fiero, and John Dole. They will all be in attendance on opening night – March 14, 2014 – 7pm show.

RATING: Four Glasses of Champagne****

LOVE IS SO DANGEROUS, DON’T YOU THINK?

Now Playing at the Eureka Theatre

RATING: Four Stars****and Four Glasses of Champagne!!!!

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Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave

Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave is a longtime theater critic in the San Francisco Bay Area. His reviews appear each Friday in Beyond Chron.

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