The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

Life is a Circus: ‘Pippin’ at the Berkeley Playhouse

Stephen Schwartz’s musical fantasia gets a rousing production at the Playhouse.

Monday, 15 April, 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

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

Far ‘Too Proud’ of Itself: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ world premiere at Berkeley Rep

The sets are amazing and the songs are classics, but Dominique Morisseau’s truncated script shortchanges its subjects in this Berkeley Rep world premiere musical.

Wednesday, 20 September, 2017 · 3 Comments

Love Machine: ‘The Watson Intelligence’ at Shotgun

Though Shotgun pulls off some grand production design, Madeleine George’s script doesn’t successfully tackle the themes it ponders.

Monday, 14 August, 2017 · Leave a comment

Average ‘King’: ‘Edward King’ at Central Works

Creative production values can’t save a muddled script in this Central Works show.

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 · Leave a comment

No Satisfying Answers: ‘The Events’ at Shotgun

Racist direction combines with a confused (and hypocritical) script in pretty-looking production by Shotgun.

Saturday, 13 May, 2017 · 4 Comments

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

Fragile ‘Doll’: ‘Nora’ at Shotgun

Emotions are far too restrained in Shotgun’s sterile revival of Ibsen-by-way-of-Bergman.

Saturday, 25 March, 2017 · 2 Comments