The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Tag Archives: Stephanie Dittbern

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

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

Maybe Tomorrow: ‘Born Yesterday’ at SF Playhouse

Though Garson Kanin’s old play feels fresher than ever, not even Millie Brooks’ winning performance can save SF Playhouse’s stale production.

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 · Leave a comment

Same old ‘Story’: ‘A Christmas Story – The Musical’ at SF Playhouse

A languid pace and over-familiarity drag down SF Playhouse’s production of the Broadway musical.

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 · Leave a comment

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