The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

If Only that were Enough: Josh Kornbluth’s ‘Citizen Brain’ (virtual) World Premiere by Shotgun Players

Shotgun belatedly opens its new socially-distant season with a well-intentioned-but-slightly-aloof solo show.

Thursday, 29 October, 2020 · 2 Comments

Belated Black Baseball Play Review: ‘Toni Stone’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

My very-late, but still-relevant review of the ACT’s show about this unsung heroine of baseball history.

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 · Leave a comment

My “Lost” Express Story: Can The Flight Deck Take Off Once Again?

Stephen Buel still owes me money for this never-published East Bay Express story.

Saturday, 8 August, 2020 · 3 Comments

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 · 1 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