The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

My Kingdom for Cliff’s Notes: ‘Gatz’ West Coast premiere at Berkeley Rep

The famous staged reading of the entire ‘Great Gatsby’ is nothing more than a flickering green light.

Friday, 14 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Not the Worst Witch: ‘Becky Nurse of Salem’ World Premiere at the Berkeley Rep

The second Witch Trial play I’ve seen in a week is an imperfect misfire for Sarah Ruhl and the Rep.

Friday, 20 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Loud & Proud Latinx Double-Feature: ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ World Premiere at Berkeley Rep AND ‘Oedipus El Rey’ Revival at The Magic

A world premiere swan song and a powerful revival celebrate the wonderful eclecticness of local Latinx talent.

Monday, 10 June, 2019 · Leave a comment

Unanswered Prayer: ‘The Good Book’ West Coast Premiere at Berkeley Rep

What begins as an intriguing history lesson on The Bible quickly devolves into melodrama in Berkeley Rep’s latest.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lousy Shot: ‘Office Hour’ at Berkeley Rep

Berkeley Rep veteran Julia Cho returns with a school shooting drama that’s both impotent and exploitative.

Saturday, 3 March, 2018 · 1 Comment

Far ‘Too Proud’ of Itself: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ world premiere at Berkeley Rep

The sets are amazing and the songs are classics, but Dominique Morisseau’s truncated script shortchanges its subjects in this Berkeley Rep world premiere musical.

Wednesday, 20 September, 2017 · 2 Comments

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