The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Life is a Circus: ‘Pippin’ at the Berkeley Playhouse

Stephen Schwartz’s musical fantasia gets a rousing production at the Playhouse.

Monday, 15 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sock-Hopped: ‘Grease’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Electric choreography from the Berkeley Playhouse can’t quite save this revival of the popular musical.

Sunday, 1 July, 2018 · 2 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

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

Swimmin’ in it: ‘Urinetown’ at Berkeley Playhouse

My first trip to the Berkeley Playhouse won’t be my last, thanks to this lavish production of the Tony-winning musical.

Friday, 14 April, 2017 · Leave a comment