The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Is that a Hand up Your Ass or are You just Trying to Amuse Me?: ‘Puppetry of the Lobster’ by Killing My Lobster

The famous Bay Area sketch troupe gets “hands-on” with their hilarious new show.

Friday, 29 September, 2017 · Leave a comment

One Wacky ‘War’: ‘Shakespeare or Space Wars’ by Peripatetic Players

The Bard bumps up against blast doors in this hilarious new comedy from the Peripatetic Players.

Thursday, 27 July, 2017 · Leave a comment

Only a Fraction of an Idea: ‘An Octoroon’ at Berkeley Rep

Fine acting and great Berkeley Rep production values can’t save Branden Jabobs-Jenkins’ God-awful script.

Sunday, 2 July, 2017 · 3 Comments

The ‘How’ and Why: ‘How to Be a White Man’ World Premiere by Faultline Theater

A Black woman aims for biting social commentary, but winds up giving herself the “All Lives Matter” treatment in this uneven new satire by Luna Malbroux and Faultine Theater.

Thursday, 22 June, 2017 · 2 Comments

Living Aloud: ‘Sordid Lives’ at New Conservatory

Though not my taste, there’s enough to appreciate in this NCTC revival of the Southern camp classic.

Friday, 26 May, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Fur Flies: ‘Breeders’ at FaultLine

Dan Giles’ hilarious domestic comedy benefits from a great cast and creative set design in this excellent FaultLine Theater production.

Sunday, 16 April, 2017 · 1 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

Mad ‘House’ at Custom Made

The dark social satire hasn’t lost any of its edge in Custom Made’s take on Wendy MacLeod’s one-act.

Monday, 3 April, 2017 · 1 Comment

Not enough ‘Noise’ at SF Playhouse

The classic rapid-fire comedy is inexplicably slowed to a snail’s pace at the SF Playhouse.

Friday, 31 March, 2017 · 2 Comments

Weak ‘Wilson’

“Lovable loser” stories only work if they’re actually lovable.

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 · Leave a comment