The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

All that Glitters during the Cold: ‘Utopia’ World Premiere at Cutting Ball and ‘Holiday Sauce… PANDEMIC!’

Before Christmas touches town, I look back on two flamboyant shows by Cutting Ball and Taylor Mac.

Saturday, 19 December, 2020 · Leave a 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 · 6 Comments

School’s Out Forever: ‘Exit Strategy’ Bay Area premiere at Aurora Theatre

Aurora’s new season opens with an emotional new piece that only occasionally feels off.

Thursday, 12 September, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Shoddy Politic: ‘Kings’ at Shotgun Players

Shotgun’s latest production is an ultimately toothless “satire” of politics in the AOC era.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019 · Leave a 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

A Brief Parable: Young Jean Lee’s ‘Church’ at Crowded Fire

Young Jean Lee’s latest is only an hour, but it manages to dismantle a centuries of popular opinions about Christianity.

Saturday, 29 September, 2018 · 1 Comment

‘In Braunau’ is Out of Ideas: World Premiere (Sandbox) production by SF Playhouse

This would-be satire of White progressivism soon devolves into a poor treatise on the evils of fascism.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 · 4 Comments

Only ‘You’: Crowded Fire’s ‘You for Me for You’

A uniquely Asian-American immigrant tale is the focus Crowded Fire’s touching new production.

Sunday, 19 March, 2017 · 4 Comments