The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

The End can’t come Quick Enough: ‘Everybody’ West Coast Premiere at Cal Shakes

Not even an excellent cast and strong direction can breath life into the DOA script by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

Friday, 27 July, 2018 · 3 Comments

Desperate ‘Measure’: ‘Measure for Measure’ at Cal Shakes

Shakespeare and sexual politics collide in Cal Shakes’ version of one of The Bard’s infamous “problem plays”.

Saturday, 23 September, 2017 · 1 Comment

Wandering All Over: ‘black odyssey’ at Cal Shakes

Marcus Gardley’s play is so close to perfection that it’s enough to drive you crazy that it doesn’t quite get there.

Sunday, 20 August, 2017 · 3 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