(Robert Hurwitt’s article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, 8/8.)
When silence is this eloquent, it must be an Annie Baker play. In "Circle Mirror Transformation," which opened Marin Theatre Company's 46th season Tuesday – in a luminous co-production with Encore Theatre Company – the sounds of silence percolate through an acting class to comic, dramatic and revelatory effect.
It's been a great year for, and with, Baker in the Bay Area. The hot young New York playwright made her local debut with terrific productions of "Body Awareness" at Aurora Theatre in February and "The Aliens" at SF Playhouse in March. "Circle" completes the trilogy of Baker's "Vermont Plays" that have been produced elsewhere (a fourth, "Nocturama," has yet to receive its world premiere).