The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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 · 4 Comments

The Song Remains the Same: ‘Violet: The Musical’ at Bay Area Musicals

My second-ever viewing of a BAMSF show is fantastic production of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Those Old Familiar Steps: ‘West Side Story’ at Berkeley Playhouse

One of the most beloved shows of all time gets a rousing production at the Berkeley Playhouse.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Drowning in White Tears: ‘White’ at Shotgun Players

Shotgun hosts the West Coast premiere of James Ijames’ scathing satire of White privilege in art.

Sunday, 15 July, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

Distant Relation: ‘Sister Act: The Musical’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Although the script veers into cliched (if not racist) territory, strong performances and lavish set design save Berkeley Playhouse’s production.

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 · Leave a comment

Swimmin’ in it: ‘Urinetown’ at Berkeley Playhouse

My first trip to the Berkeley Playhouse won’t be my last, thanks to this lavish production of the Tony-winning musical.

Friday, 14 April, 2017 · Leave a comment