The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

‘Birds of Prey’ is the ‘Deadpool 2’ Redux we Didn’t Need but Still Love

Margot Robbie gets a great second chance at playing Harley, though the plot may seem a bit familiar.

Wednesday, 5 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

Christmas Movie Round-Up 2019

A Christmas screen-hop features Black Power, White romance, and Sci-Fi. Guess which one I loved?

Friday, 27 December, 2019 · 1 Comment

2019 Movie Catch-Up

In which Yours Truly tries to recount the few flicks he actually saw these past few months.

Thursday, 12 December, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tale of the None-Too-Tall: ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ Musical at Berkeley Rep

The beloved children’s book makes for a creative (if wildly uneven) musical from PigPen.

Thursday, 5 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dampened Flame: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Quantum Dragon Theatre

QDT use Bradbury’s own theatrical adaptation for a show that’s great to look at, but never quite becomes an inferno.

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019 · 1 Comment

Shallow Slaughter: ‘American Psycho: The Musical’ West Coast premiere at Ray of Light

RoL’s excellent cast and crew almost save Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s impotent take on the controversial story. Almost.

Saturday, 18 May, 2019 · 1 Comment

‘Fair’ Game: ‘Vanity Fair’ at the ACT

Thackeray’s classic novel keeps the Victorian setting and adds modern gender politics in ACT’s lavish new production.

Thursday, 25 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mechanical Animals: ‘Universal Robots’ West Coast premiere by Quantum Dragon

Mac Rogers reimagines Karel Čapek’s sci-fi classic in this thrilling steampunk production by Quantum Dragon.

Monday, 2 July, 2018 · Leave a comment