The Thinking Man's Idiot

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My Kingdom for Cliff’s Notes: ‘Gatz’ West Coast premiere at Berkeley Rep

The famous staged reading of the entire ‘Great Gatsby’ is nothing more than a flickering green light.

Friday, 14 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

The ‘Things’ We Say have Meaning: ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ Bay Area Premiere at SF Playhouse

Cheryl Strayed’s tenure as an advice columnist makes for an excellent 2020 opener for the Playhouse.

Monday, 3 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Christmas Movie Round-Up 2019

A Christmas screen-hop features Black Power, White romance, and Sci-Fi. Guess which one I loved?

Friday, 27 December, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tale of the None-Too-Tall: ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ Musical at Berkeley Rep

The beloved children’s book makes for a creative (if wildly uneven) musical from PigPen.

Thursday, 5 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dampened Flame: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Quantum Dragon Theatre

QDT use Bradbury’s own theatrical adaptation for a show that’s great to look at, but never quite becomes an inferno.

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019 · 1 Comment

‘Fair’ Game: ‘Vanity Fair’ at the ACT

Thackeray’s classic novel keeps the Victorian setting and adds modern gender politics in ACT’s lavish new production.

Thursday, 25 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

Little People on Big Adventures: ‘Judy Moody’ and ‘Inside Out & Back Again’ at BACT

Bay Area Children’s Theatre scores two wins in its current adaptations: one a goofy comedy, the other a gripping drama.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018 · 3 Comments

Shooting Blanks: The ‘Death Wish’ Remake

If White privilege and MAGA hats were movies, this would be their BIRTH OF A NATION.

Thursday, 1 March, 2018 · 3 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

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