The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Rich Wypipo Shit: ‘Two Mile Hollow’ World Premiere (SF) by Ferocious Lotus

An all-Asian cast empowers this hilarious satire of White privilege theatrical dramas. Only one fatal flaws keeps it from perfection.

Monday, 2 July, 2018 · 3 Comments

Bitter Pill Double-Feature: ‘The Effect’ at SF Playhouse and ‘Eureka Day’ world premiere at Aurora Theatre

The idea of “better living through chemistry” results in an imperfect SF Playhouse show and an excellent Aurora show.

Friday, 15 June, 2018 · 2 Comments

Ladies’ Nights: ‘Revolt. She said…’ at Crowded Fire and ‘Kursk’ at Theatre Lunatico

A feminist manifesto play and a gender-swapped submarine drama make for two bold (if uneven) evenings of female-driven theatre.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 · 4 Comments

Like, Totally Killer!: ‘MacBitch’ by The Breadbox

Knowing when to forego Shakespeare proves the ultimate winning move in the final show from Breadbox Theatre.

Thursday, 3 August, 2017 · 1 Comment

One Wacky ‘War’: ‘Shakespeare or Space Wars’ by Peripatetic Players

The Bard bumps up against blast doors in this hilarious new comedy from the Peripatetic Players.

Thursday, 27 July, 2017 · 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

The ‘How’ and Why: ‘How to Be a White Man’ World Premiere by Faultline Theater

A Black woman aims for biting social commentary, but winds up giving herself the “All Lives Matter” treatment in this uneven new satire by Luna Malbroux and Faultine Theater.

Thursday, 22 June, 2017 · 2 Comments

That’s the Jam: ‘Mr. Marmalade’ at Breach Once More

Imagination is key – both in the script and in the set design – in Breach Once More’s low-budget take on Noah Haidle’s dark social satire.

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Subtle ‘Roar of the Greasepaint’ at The EXIT

Though blessed with a cast of strong voices, the show is hindered by a dragging old-fashioned script and some technical hiccups.

Monday, 8 May, 2017 · Leave a comment

Swimmin’ in it: ‘Urinetown’ at Berkeley Playhouse

My first trip to the Berkeley Playhouse won’t be my last, thanks to this lavish production of the Tony-winning musical.

Friday, 14 April, 2017 · Leave a comment