The Thinking Man's Idiot

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Tag Archives: Asian director

Don’t You think You’re Falling: ‘Gloria’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins leans too heavily cliches of “the death (wink, wink) of print” in his latest show at the ACT.

Thursday, 27 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

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

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

Silly Shakespeare Double-Feature: ‘Caesar Maximus’ by We Players AND ‘War of the Roses’ by Cal Shakes

Two of the Bay Area’s best companies make the same miscalculation when adapting The Bard.

Friday, 7 September, 2018 · Leave a 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

Only a Fraction of an Idea: ‘An Octoroon’ at Berkeley Rep

Fine acting and great Berkeley Rep production values can’t save Branden Jabobs-Jenkins’ God-awful script.

Sunday, 2 July, 2017 · 3 Comments