The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Thank you, Regina King: 2019 Year in Review

My belated look at 2019 puts 2020 into perspective.

Tuesday, 7 April, 2020 · Leave a comment

What Dances shall We have: Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at SF Ballet

SF Ballet’s gorgeous remount ‘Midsummer’ only lasted one night, which somehow seems appropriate.

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020 · Leave a comment

‘Clash’-ing Lights and Civil Rights: Culture Clash ‘(Still) in America’ World Premiere at Berkeley Rep

The Latin trio return to the Berkeley Rep with their latest entertaining document of our country’s kookiest characters.

Thursday, 5 March, 2020 · Leave a comment

Design of a Decade: ‘Y2K’ by Killing My Lobster

KML’s first 2020 show is a gut-busting throwback to the final days of the last millennium.

Friday, 21 February, 2020 · 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

My Kingdom for Cliff’s Notes: ‘Gatz’ West Coast premiere at Berkeley Rep

The famous staged reading of the entire ‘Great Gatsby’ is nothing more than a flickering green light.

Friday, 14 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ebony Powers: ‘Manifesto’ at Brava

Rotimi Agbabiaka delivers another winning solo show satirizing race, sexuality, and hunger for fame.

Sunday, 9 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Pain Ends with Death: ‘The Children’ West Coast premiere at the Aurora

Top-notch acting and direction opens Aurora’s 2020 with a well-written play that doesn’t stick the landing.

Friday, 7 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

This Waking Life: ‘Wakey, Wakey’ at the ACT

ACT kicks off 2020 with Will Eno’s darkly comic one-act (and short) celebrating why the little things matter most.

Friday, 31 January, 2020 · 1 Comment