The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

The Song Remains the Same: ‘Violet: The Musical’ at Bay Area Musicals

My second-ever viewing of a BAMSF show is fantastic production of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Of ‘Rags’ and Richies: ‘Ragtime’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Though the script is over-packed with characters, the combination of great direction, performances, and tech make this another winner for Berkeley Playhouse.

Friday, 23 February, 2018 · Leave a comment

Distant Relation: ‘Sister Act: The Musical’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Although the script veers into cliched (if not racist) territory, strong performances and lavish set design save Berkeley Playhouse’s production.

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 · Leave a comment

In the Swing of Things: Disney’s ‘Tarzan the Musical’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Berkeley Playhouse pulls out all the stops for Disney’s version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most famous character.

Friday, 28 July, 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