by Steven Winn of The SF Chronicle, published August 19, 2001
By Steven Winn
of Louise Bentley, who became Mrs. John Hardy and lived with her husband
in a brick house on Elm Street in Winesburg, is a story of misunderstanding."
So, in author Sherwood Anderson's lean and enticingly charged prose,
begins "Surrender," a story from his indelible 1919 portrait
of small-town life in "Winesburg, Ohio." Four of those interconnected
tales come to the stage this week in a transbay production by San Francisco's
Word for Word and Berkeley's Shotgun Players. Anderson's precisely etched
work is a natural fit for Word for Word, a company devoted to theatrical
translations of the fiction writer's exacting craft. This first collaboration
with Shotgun's energized actors and sensibilities has great potential.
The attentive Delia MacDougall directs.
-- Steven Winn