The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Because ‘Nice’ is a Trap: ‘Dionysus was such a Nice Man’ West Coast premiere at foolsFURY

Kate Tarker’s darkly comic Greek myth remix is incredibly timely, if a bit bloated.

Monday, 7 October, 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

Present of the Past: ‘Don’t Miss It’ World Premiere by Rapid Descent

My first Rapid Descent show is a tale of time travel gone awry that keeps bumping its head against its budgetary ceiling.

Wednesday, 19 June, 2019 · Leave a comment

Happy if She were Nappy: Thoughts on the Greatest X-Man

When the MCU reboots the ‘X-Men’ film series, here’s the one change they NEED to make.

Friday, 14 June, 2019 · 4 Comments

Torn from Memory: ‘Ripped’ World Premiere by Z Space

Rachel Bublitz returns to SF to premiere a funny, sad, humanizing tale of campus sexual assault.

Friday, 31 May, 2019 · 3 Comments

‘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

Dream Girl: ‘Helen’ at Theatre of Yugen

Yugen’s latest is both a modern and classical examination of the infamous “face that launched 1,000 ships”.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2019 · 1 Comment

We’re All Screwed: ‘La Ronde’ at Cutting Ball

Arthur Schnitzler’s classic sexual vignette piece is resurrected by Cutting Ball in a VERY intimate production.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Oleanna 2.0: ‘Actually’ Bay Area premiere at the Aurora

Aurora scores a hit with Anna Ziegler’s incendiary piece about sexual consent and identity politics.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

Spellbinding: ‘Some Enchanted Evenings’ at The EXIT Stage Left

Two of the most important names in Bay Area independent theatre share the joy of storytelling over the course of one hour.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 · 1 Comment