The Thinking Man's Idiot

The unruly brain and bad habits of a writer, artist, and grilled cheese sandwich-enthusiast.

Not the Worst ‘Day’ Ever: ‘Groundhog Day: The Musical’ West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse

Tim Minchin amps up the darkness of the classic film in SF Playhouse’s (mostly) well-organized production.

Thursday, 5 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fine China Doll: ‘The Chinese Lady’ Bay Area premiere at The Magic

The US may have forgotten its first Chinese immigrant, but her tale is beautifully told by the Magic Theatre.

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Sexy Salad Days: ‘Cabaret’ at SF Playhouse

The SF Playhouse’s great new revival is a reminder good times never last, no matter how good they are.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2019 · 1 Comment

Maybe Tomorrow: ‘Born Yesterday’ at SF Playhouse

Though Garson Kanin’s old play feels fresher than ever, not even Millie Brooks’ winning performance can save SF Playhouse’s stale production.

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 · Leave a comment

Same old ‘Story’: ‘A Christmas Story – The Musical’ at SF Playhouse

A languid pace and over-familiarity drag down SF Playhouse’s production of the Broadway musical.

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Folles’-ies: ‘La Cage aux Folles’ at SF Playhouse

SF Playhouse goes over-the-top (and then some) with their production of the beloved French comedy.

Wednesday, 2 August, 2017 · Leave a comment

Not enough ‘Noise’ at SF Playhouse

The classic rapid-fire comedy is inexplicably slowed to a snail’s pace at the SF Playhouse.

Friday, 31 March, 2017 · 4 Comments