The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

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

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

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

Saying what ‘You Mean’: ‘You Mean to Do Me Harm’ world premiere (Sandbox) by SF Playhouse

Racism, sexism, classism, and privilege are given the mature examination they deserve in this SF Playhouse world premiere.

Saturday, 17 June, 2017 · 4 Comments

Delusion of ‘Grandeur’: Han Ong’s world premiere Gil Scott-Heron play at The Magic

Not even amazing set design and two-out-of-three great performers can save an unforgivably terrible script in this Magic Theatre world premiere.

Thursday, 15 June, 2017 · 3 Comments

An Almost-Perfect Storm: ‘Monsoon Wedding’ world premiere at Berkeley Rep

Some head-scratching directorial choices are the only thing keeping this world premiere musical from being perfect.

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 · 3 Comments

Only ‘You’: Crowded Fire’s ‘You for Me for You’

A uniquely Asian-American immigrant tale is the focus Crowded Fire’s touching new production.

Sunday, 19 March, 2017 · 4 Comments

Heart of ‘Iron’

Whitewashing notwithstanding, Shane Black delivers a solid entry into the inaugural MCU franchise.

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 · 1 Comment