The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Close to the Target: ‘Shoot Me When’ world premiere (online) at SF Playhouse

The latest from the Playhouse is an imperfect piece about living (and dying) on your own terms.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · 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

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

Complicated Maneuver: ‘Yoga Play’ at SF Playhouse

Solid direction elevates Dipika Guha’s “okay” script about the endless cycle of cultural commodification.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 · Leave a 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

‘Room’ for Improvement: ‘The Roommate’ at SF Playhouse

Two strong leads do their best to breathe life into a seemingly-incomplete script in this SF Playhouse production.

Tuesday, 6 June, 2017 · Leave a comment

Not enough ‘Noise’ at SF Playhouse

The classic rapid-fire comedy is inexplicably slowed to a snail’s pace at the SF Playhouse.

Friday, 31 March, 2017 · 4 Comments