The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

All that Glitters during the Cold: ‘Utopia’ World Premiere at Cutting Ball and ‘Holiday Sauce… PANDEMIC!’

Before Christmas touches town, I look back on two flamboyant shows by Cutting Ball and Taylor Mac.

Saturday, 19 December, 2020 · 1 Comment

Comfortably Numb: ‘Ways to Leave a Body’ world premiere at Cutting Ball

Cutting Ball starts off the new decade with two one-act dreams about women whose bodies aren’t theirs.

Monday, 27 January, 2020 · 2 Comments

We All Fall Down: ‘Free for All’ World Premiere at Cutting Ball

Megan Cohen turns ‘Miss Julie’ into a pre-apocalyptic farce of class warfare and fine dining.

Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 · 6 Comments

This ‘Flick’ Needs an Editor: ‘The Flick’ at Shotgun

Incredible technical work can’t quite make up for Annie Baker’s bloated, meandering text.

Friday, 30 August, 2019 · 6 Comments

The Shoddy Politic: ‘Kings’ at Shotgun Players

Shotgun’s latest production is an ultimately toothless “satire” of politics in the AOC era.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019 · Leave a comment

We’re All Screwed: ‘La Ronde’ at Cutting Ball

Arthur Schnitzler’s classic sexual vignette piece is resurrected by Cutting Ball in a VERY intimate production.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sock-Hopped: ‘Grease’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Electric choreography from the Berkeley Playhouse can’t quite save this revival of the popular musical.

Sunday, 1 July, 2018 · 2 Comments

Of ‘Rags’ and Richies: ‘Ragtime’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Though the script is over-packed with characters, the combination of great direction, performances, and tech make this another winner for Berkeley Playhouse.

Friday, 23 February, 2018 · Leave a comment