Having merged with Underground Shakespeare, the Shotgun Players have become one of the most exciting theatre groups in the East Bay. In the small 'subterranean theatre' at La Val's, the players generate plenty of electricity. Although the choice of plays in this case seems questionable (what was Mamet trying for? farce or fable?), Karen Goldstein as the malevolent milkmaid who won't kiss and thus release the Prince from the curse of froghood and Leith Burke as the hubris-filled Prince are wonderful. On the other hand, Stan Spenger, who has demonstrated considerable talent in previous roles, seems wasted in the role of 'the servingman' whose loyalty to the Prince remains unswerved for far too long.
" ...Only 45
minutes long, The Frog Prince plays like a wistful, updated version
of a 'Fractured Fairy Tale' from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show. Free
of Mamet's customary profanity, it nevertheless presents the playwright
working in his customary thematic vein: what happens to people when they
fail to submit to the arbitrary will of, as he might put it, the Natural
Order of Things.