The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Tag Archives: primarily female cast

‘The Tempest’ on a Trapeze: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Amaluna’ in San Francisco

The Bard’s “stormy” story is the basis for Cirque du Soleil’s latest grand spectacle.

Sunday, 10 November, 2019 · 1 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

Romance is Dread: ‘Elevada’ at Shotgun Players

A good cast can only do so much of this “satire” of rom-coms that supports their worst tropes.

Monday, 28 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

Loud AND Ladylike: ‘The Daughters’ World Premiere (Sandbox Series) by SF Playhouse

The changing face of SF’s Lesbian community is wonderfully realized in this Sandbox world premiere.

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 · 2 Comments

‘Til Your Feet Bleed: ‘Dance Nation’ West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse

Clare Barron weaves a darkly comic tale of teen dancers under immense pressure in this Playhouse show.

Tuesday, 1 October, 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

Bend, Stretch, Twist: ‘Dollhouse Monsters’ world premiere by DIVA or Die Burlesque

EXIT Theatre’s quintessential burlesque showcase returns with a show that’s really two shows with mixed results.

Monday, 15 July, 2019 · 1 Comment

Present of the Past: ‘Don’t Miss It’ World Premiere by Rapid Descent

My first Rapid Descent show is a tale of time travel gone awry that keeps bumping its head against its budgetary ceiling.

Wednesday, 19 June, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Shoddy Politic: ‘Kings’ at Shotgun Players

Shotgun’s latest production is an ultimately toothless “satire” of politics in the AOC era.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019 · Leave a comment

Incompatible Personality: ‘Significant Other’ at SF Playhouse

Lauren English’s light-touch direction can only do so much with this confused script about “singles rage”.

Thursday, 16 May, 2019 · Leave a comment