The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

‘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

Off the Rim: ‘The Great Leap’ at the ACT

ACT’s latest is a so-so tale of American crass, Chinese refinement, and the universal language of competition.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Less-Perfect Union: ‘Sweat’ at the ACT

Awkward tonal shifts and a jagged narrative sink this winner of the 2015 Pulitzer.

Thursday, 4 October, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lousy Shot: ‘Office Hour’ at Berkeley Rep

Berkeley Rep veteran Julia Cho returns with a school shooting drama that’s both impotent and exploitative.

Saturday, 3 March, 2018 · 1 Comment

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 · 2 Comments

‘Like’-minded: ‘As You Like It’ at Cal Shakes

The sexual politics of The Bard’s gender-bending comedy receive an uneven interpretation from Cal Shakes.

Thursday, 1 June, 2017 · Leave a comment