The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

And ‘On’ and ‘On’ it Goes: ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol: On Air’ and SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Online’

Not even a global pandemic can stop the ACT and SF Ballet from bringing their annual holiday productions to the world.

Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 · 4 Comments

Belated Black Baseball Play Review: ‘Toni Stone’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

My very-late, but still-relevant review of the ACT’s show about this unsung heroine of baseball history.

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 · 1 Comment

‘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 · 1 Comment

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

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins leans too heavily on shock value and “death (wink, wink) of print” clichés 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