The Thinking Man's Idiot

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Author Archives: CharlesAndHisTypewriter

Will these days Never End?: ‘Summertime’ – 2021 SFIFF Centerpiece Film

(Belated by embargo) The centerpiece film of SF Indiefest 2021 is a vibrant poetic love letter to the City of Angels.

Monday, 12 July, 2021 · Leave a comment

Turns of a Feather: ‘Swan Lake’ (online) at SF Ballet

The company’s all-digital season ends with the show everyone knows, even if they’ve never seen it.

Wednesday, 26 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wait for the Album: ‘Animal Wisdom’ online by ACT and Woolly Mammoth

Heather Christian’s acclaimed show about ghostly encounters is an audio wonder brought down by unnecessary visuals.

Sunday, 23 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

‘Profile’ in Stupidity

This true story of journalistic bravery becomes a B-movie exercise in pure incompetence.

Sunday, 23 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Same Killer Kids: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (online) by the SF Ballet

The company heads into Spring with a spicy take on a classic.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · 1 Comment

The Funny Fear of Loneliness: ‘Phantasmagoria’ world premiere by Cutting Ball / Mugwumpin / Bay Area Theatre Cypher

Cutting Ball’s quarantine commentary (with Mugwumpin & Bay Area Theatre Cypher) is three good pieces that don’t quite mesh.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

Close to the Target: ‘Shoot Me When’ world premiere (online) at SF Playhouse

The latest from the Playhouse is an imperfect piece about living (and dying) on your own terms.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

Doesn’t fully Line Up: ACT Out Loud – ‘The Matchmaker’

ACT don’t quite stick the landing, but their new reading series brought lessons worth learning.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

Finding how You Fit: Digital Program 5 (online) by the SF Ballet

Institutional concepts and classical literature are the focus of SF Ballet’s spring time online entry.

Tuesday, 27 April, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wave the White Flag: ACT Out Loud – ‘Arms and the Man’

George Bernard Shaw’s classic satire gets an unfortunately sour reading as part of ACT’s new series.

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 · 1 Comment