The Thinking Man's Idiot

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Not Worth the Silver: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

The gripping true story of Fred Hampton’s final days gets a dull adaptation that does the story no justice.

Thursday, 11 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Bore-antine Streamin’: ‘Radioactive’ / ‘Chemical Hearts’ / ‘Let Him Go’ / ‘Come Away’

Pandemic lockdown has forced first-run films online. Here are four I probably would have skipped anyway.

Saturday, 5 December, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Sexy Salad Days: ‘Cabaret’ at SF Playhouse

The SF Playhouse’s great new revival is a reminder good times never last, no matter how good they are.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2019 · 1 Comment

The Forest for the Trees: ‘The Jungle’ at The Curran

Before The Curran becomes Hogwarts, it hosts an excellent production of another hit British show.

Thursday, 28 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

Making it Happen: ‘On Your Feet!’ at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre

An energetic all-Latinx cast bring life to this paint-by-numbers bio of Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Friday, 14 September, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Ladies’ Nights: ‘Revolt. She said…’ at Crowded Fire and ‘Kursk’ at Theatre Lunatico

A feminist manifesto play and a gender-swapped submarine drama make for two bold (if uneven) evenings of female-driven theatre.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 · 4 Comments

Of ‘Rags’ and Richies: ‘Ragtime’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Though the script is over-packed with characters, the combination of great direction, performances, and tech make this another winner for Berkeley Playhouse.

Friday, 23 February, 2018 · Leave a comment

Baldur’s #GamerGate: ‘Non-Player Character’ world premiere by SF Playhouse

Toxic masculinity is taken to task in this SF Playhouse world premiere dramatizing the #GamerGate controversy.

Saturday, 17 February, 2018 · Leave a comment

X-mas Day Quadruple-Feature: ‘The Last Jedi’; ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’; ‘The Shape of Water’; ‘The Disaster Artist’

Jedis, jungles, fish-man junk, & James Franco.
All but the last made for a great day at the multiplex.

Thursday, 28 December, 2017 · 5 Comments