The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

The Pain Ends with Death: ‘The Children’ West Coast premiere at the Aurora

Top-notch acting and direction opens Aurora’s 2020 with a well-written play that doesn’t stick the landing.

Friday, 7 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sleaze Company: ‘PolySHAMory’ at The Marsh – SF

Kate Robards’ latest is a show about marriage and sex that – wouldn’tcha know it? – finishes too soon.

Monday, 13 January, 2020 · Leave a comment

Love Machine: ‘The Watson Intelligence’ at Shotgun

Though Shotgun pulls off some grand production design, Madeleine George’s script doesn’t successfully tackle the themes it ponders.

Monday, 14 August, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Big’ Love in a Small Movie: ‘The Big Sick’

Though hindered by the conventions of its genre, this based-on-a-true-story rom-com has more than enough to make it worth the watch.

Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 · 1 Comment

‘Chuck’ it Out

A fascinating true story is given the worst made-for-tv treatment in biopic.

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 · 2 Comments

Trying to be ‘Everything’ at New Conservatory

A mediocre script is just one problem with this world premiere Transgender tale by New Conservatory Theatre.

Friday, 31 March, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘John’ Dope: Annie Baker at ACT

Annie Baker couldn’t commit to writing one play, so she combined all of them into one interminably long ACT production.

Sunday, 19 March, 2017 · 1 Comment

Wounded ‘Animals’

Fashion designer Tom Ford adapted and directed this fascinating character study about reopening old wounds.

Saturday, 28 January, 2017 · Leave a comment