The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

The Witch is Back: ‘Vinegar Tom’ West Coast Premiere at Shotgun

Ariel Craft is at the helm of Shotgun’s nearly-perfect remount of the Feminist take on ‘The Crucible’.

Tuesday, 17 December, 2019 · 2 Comments

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

Doin’ it for Themselves: ‘Top Girls’ at ACT

Caryl Churchill’s incendiary piece gets a gripping new production from the ACT.

Monday, 30 September, 2019 · 1 Comment

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

Salvation at last: ‘Kill Move Paradise’ at Shotgun

Shotgun delivers one of the year’s best shows with James Ijames’ meditation on Black lives ended too soon.

Saturday, 13 July, 2019 · 4 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

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

Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing: ‘Women Laughing Alone with Salad’ at Shotgun

Shotgun’s latest falls flat with a deafening roar of self-important, casually racist “satire”.

Saturday, 20 October, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

Silly Shakespeare Double-Feature: ‘Caesar Maximus’ by We Players AND ‘War of the Roses’ by Cal Shakes

Two of the Bay Area’s best companies make the same miscalculation when adapting The Bard.

Friday, 7 September, 2018 · Leave a comment