The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

My Kingdom for Cliff’s Notes: ‘Gatz’ West Coast premiere at Berkeley Rep

The famous staged reading of the entire ‘Great Gatsby’ is nothing more than a flickering green light.

Friday, 14 February, 2020 · 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

Loud & Proud Latinx Double-Feature: ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ World Premiere at Berkeley Rep AND ‘Oedipus El Rey’ Revival at The Magic

A world premiere swan song and a powerful revival celebrate the wonderful eclecticness of local Latinx talent.

Monday, 10 June, 2019 · Leave a comment

The High Price of Toxic Masculinity: ‘Creditors’ at Aurora

August Strindberg’s classic tale of male manipulation is still relevant in Aurora’s powerful new production.

Sunday, 3 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

At the Hour of Our Death: ‘4.48 Psychosis’ at Anton’s Well

Sarah Kane’s rarely-produced final work is the subject of a wonderfully haunting production by Anton’s Well.

Thursday, 26 July, 2018 · 3 Comments

Mechanical Animals: ‘Universal Robots’ West Coast premiere by Quantum Dragon

Mac Rogers reimagines Karel Čapek’s sci-fi classic in this thrilling steampunk production by Quantum Dragon.

Monday, 2 July, 2018 · 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

‘Carrie’-d away by Convention

The infamous musical adaptation of Stephen King’s thriller is literally watered down by Ray of Light.

Saturday, 5 October, 2013 · 2 Comments