The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Fine China Doll: ‘The Chinese Lady’ Bay Area premiere at The Magic

The US may have forgotten its first Chinese immigrant, but her tale is beautifully told by the Magic Theatre.

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

Super ‘Model’: ‘Model Minority Report’ by Killing My Lobster

Asian stereotypes get skewered in this hilarious new show by an all-Asian crew at KML.

Monday, 30 September, 2019 · 3 Comments

The High Tide of History: ‘The Great Wave’ US premiere at Berkeley Rep

The Rep hosts the US premiere of this powerful drama about the violent legacy of Japan and North Korea.

Friday, 20 September, 2019 · Leave a comment

Off the Rim: ‘The Great Leap’ at the ACT

ACT’s latest is a so-so tale of American crass, Chinese refinement, and the universal language of competition.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Brief Parable: Young Jean Lee’s ‘Church’ at Crowded Fire

Young Jean Lee’s latest is only an hour, but it manages to dismantle a centuries of popular opinions about Christianity.

Saturday, 29 September, 2018 · 1 Comment

Rich Wypipo Shit: ‘Two Mile Hollow’ World Premiere (SF) by Ferocious Lotus

An all-Asian cast empowers this hilarious satire of White privilege theatrical dramas. Only one fatal flaws keeps it from perfection.

Monday, 2 July, 2018 · 3 Comments

Little People on Big Adventures: ‘Judy Moody’ and ‘Inside Out & Back Again’ at BACT

Bay Area Children’s Theatre scores two wins in its current adaptations: one a goofy comedy, the other a gripping drama.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018 · 3 Comments

From ‘Nam to Rom-Com: ‘Vietgone’ at the ACT

You wouldn’t think “rom-com” and “Vietnam War drama” would go together, but the ACT pulls it off well.

Friday, 9 March, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lousy Shot: ‘Office Hour’ at Berkeley Rep

Berkeley Rep veteran Julia Cho returns with a school shooting drama that’s both impotent and exploitative.

Saturday, 3 March, 2018 · 1 Comment

Early Harvest: ‘A Tale of Autumn’ world premiere by Crowded Fire

Clean living and technological harmony collide in a not-quite-perfect script from Christopher Chen.

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 · Leave a comment