The Thinking Man's Idiot

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The Witch is Back: ‘Vinegar Tom’ West Coast Premiere at Shotgun

Ariel Craft is at the helm of Shotgun’s nearly-perfect remount of the Feminist take on ‘The Crucible’.

Tuesday, 17 December, 2019 · 2 Comments

This ‘Flick’ Needs an Editor: ‘The Flick’ at Shotgun

Incredible technical work can’t quite make up for Annie Baker’s bloated, meandering text.

Friday, 30 August, 2019 · 5 Comments

Salvation at last: ‘Kill Move Paradise’ at Shotgun

Shotgun delivers one of the year’s best shows with James Ijames’ meditation on Black lives ended too soon.

Saturday, 13 July, 2019 · 4 Comments

Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing: ‘Women Laughing Alone with Salad’ at Shotgun

Shotgun’s latest falls flat with a deafening roar of self-important, casually racist “satire”.

Saturday, 20 October, 2018 · 3 Comments

Drowning in White Tears: ‘White’ at Shotgun Players

Shotgun hosts the West Coast premiere of James Ijames’ scathing satire of White privilege in art.

Sunday, 15 July, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

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

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

No Satisfying Answers: ‘The Events’ at Shotgun

Racist direction combines with a confused (and hypocritical) script in pretty-looking production by Shotgun.

Saturday, 13 May, 2017 · 4 Comments

Fragile ‘Doll’: ‘Nora’ at Shotgun

Emotions are far too restrained in Shotgun’s sterile revival of Ibsen-by-way-of-Bergman.

Saturday, 25 March, 2017 · 2 Comments