The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Don’t Steal My Shine: ‘The Light’ online at Shotgun Players

Misogynoir is taken to task in Shotgun’s virtual production of Loy A. Webb’s breezy script.

Monday, 7 December, 2020 · 1 Comment

The ‘Things’ We Say have Meaning: ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ Bay Area Premiere at SF Playhouse

Cheryl Strayed’s tenure as an advice columnist makes for an excellent 2020 opener for the Playhouse.

Monday, 3 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Because ‘Nice’ is a Trap: ‘Dionysus was such a Nice Man’ West Coast premiere at foolsFURY

Kate Tarker’s darkly comic Greek myth remix is incredibly timely, if a bit bloated.

Monday, 7 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

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 · 6 Comments

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

Torn from Memory: ‘Ripped’ World Premiere by Z Space

Rachel Bublitz returns to SF to premiere a funny, sad, humanizing tale of campus sexual assault.

Friday, 31 May, 2019 · 3 Comments

We’re All Screwed: ‘La Ronde’ at Cutting Ball

Arthur Schnitzler’s classic sexual vignette piece is resurrected by Cutting Ball in a VERY intimate production.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Oleanna 2.0: ‘Actually’ Bay Area premiere at the Aurora

Aurora scores a hit with Anna Ziegler’s incendiary piece about sexual consent and identity politics.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 · 3 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

Forgive me, Father: ‘The Resting Place’ World Premiere at The Magic Theatre

The sins of life follow you into death in this world premiere dramedy opening The Magic’s 52nd season.

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018 · 2 Comments