The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

‘Clash’-ing Lights and Civil Rights: Culture Clash ‘(Still) in America’ World Premiere at Berkeley Rep

The Latin trio return to the Berkeley Rep with their latest entertaining document of our country’s kookiest characters.

Thursday, 5 March, 2020 · Leave a comment

Don’t You think You’re Falling: ‘Gloria’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins leans too heavily cliches of “the death (wink, wink) of print” in his latest show at the ACT.

Thursday, 27 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

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

Tale of the None-Too-Tall: ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ Musical at Berkeley Rep

The beloved children’s book makes for a creative (if wildly uneven) musical from PigPen.

Thursday, 5 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sinks in later innings: ‘Testmatch’ World Premiere at ACT

The messy legacy of cricket and British colonialism is the focus of Kate Atwell’s fun-but-messy new play.

Friday, 8 November, 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

Belated Black History Month Double-Feature: ‘The Last Sermon of Sister Imani’ by TheatreF1rst and ‘Her Portmanteau’ at ACT

In which I catch up with two brand new Bay Area shows based exclusively around Black women.

Monday, 11 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

A Less-Perfect Union: ‘Sweat’ at the ACT

Awkward tonal shifts and a jagged narrative sink this winner of the 2015 Pulitzer.

Thursday, 4 October, 2018 · Leave a comment