The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Still Leaves an Impact: ‘Blasted’ at Shotgun

Sarah Kane’s notorious first play is still as gut-wrenching in Shotgun’s production as it was when it premiered 20+ years ago.

Saturday, 30 September, 2017 · 6 Comments

Distant Relation: ‘Sister Act: The Musical’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Although the script veers into cliched (if not racist) territory, strong performances and lavish set design save Berkeley Playhouse’s production.

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 · 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

In the Swing of Things: Disney’s ‘Tarzan the Musical’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Berkeley Playhouse pulls out all the stops for Disney’s version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most famous character.

Friday, 28 July, 2017 · Leave a comment

Same ‘song’: ‘brownsville song (b-side for tray)’ at Shotgun

A strong director and able cast elevate a clichéd story in this Shotgun show.

Saturday, 24 June, 2017 · 1 Comment