The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Tag Archives: Stephanie Dittbern

Can’t read the Writing on the Wall: [hieroglyph] world premiere by SF Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Two great companies collab for a show that uses a popular lie to tell a troubling rape narrative.

Saturday, 13 March, 2021 · Leave a comment

How Soon is Now: ‘Born in East Berlin’ World Premiere (Sandbox Series) by SF Playhouse

A new Sandbox play from the Playhouse is an imperfect recollection of clashing cultures the year before the Berlin Wall fell.

Thursday, 20 February, 2020 · Leave a 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

Not the Worst ‘Day’ Ever: ‘Groundhog Day: The Musical’ West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse

Tim Minchin amps up the darkness of the classic film in SF Playhouse’s (mostly) well-organized production.

Thursday, 5 December, 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

The Sexy Salad Days: ‘Cabaret’ at SF Playhouse

The SF Playhouse’s great new revival is a reminder good times never last, no matter how good they are.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2019 · 1 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

From the Trailer to Ten Most Wanted: ‘A White Girl’s Guide to International Terrorism’ Sandbox Premiere by San Francisco Playhouse

SF Playhouse’s latest Sandbox show deftly flips the script on what America thinks “a terrorist SHOULD look like”.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Creepy Uncle: ‘Uncle Vanya’ at Cutting Ball

Chekhov’s classic is revived through gorgeous design, mixed performances, and some confounding directorial choices.

Tuesday, 2 October, 2018 · 1 Comment