The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

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

‘In Braunau’ is Out of Ideas: World Premiere (Sandbox) production by SF Playhouse

This would-be satire of White progressivism soon devolves into a poor treatise on the evils of fascism.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 · 4 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

Baldur’s #GamerGate: ‘Non-Player Character’ world premiere by SF Playhouse

Toxic masculinity is taken to task in this SF Playhouse world premiere dramatizing the #GamerGate controversy.

Saturday, 17 February, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Saying what ‘You Mean’: ‘You Mean to Do Me Harm’ world premiere (Sandbox) by SF Playhouse

Racism, sexism, classism, and privilege are given the mature examination they deserve in this SF Playhouse world premiere.

Saturday, 17 June, 2017 · 5 Comments

‘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