The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Tag Archives: Madeleine Oldham

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

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

Unanswered Prayer: ‘The Good Book’ West Coast Premiere at Berkeley Rep

What begins as an intriguing history lesson on The Bible quickly devolves into melodrama in Berkeley Rep’s latest.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2019 · Leave a comment

Failing Grade: ‘Transfers’ West Coast premiere at Crowded Fire

Lucy Thurber’s latest is the sort of ill-thought-out treatise on Affirmative Action you’d expect from Fox News.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 · 2 Comments

From the Trailer to Ten Most Wanted: ‘A White Girl’s Guide to International Terrorism’ Sandbox Premiere by San Francisco Playhouse

SF Playhouse’s latest Sandbox show deftly flips the script on what America thinks “a terrorist SHOULD look like”.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Only a Fraction of an Idea: ‘An Octoroon’ at Berkeley Rep

Fine acting and great Berkeley Rep production values can’t save Branden Jabobs-Jenkins’ God-awful script.

Sunday, 2 July, 2017 · 3 Comments