The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Belated Praise of Pre-Quarantine Black Romance: ‘The Photograph’

The last film I saw before lockdown was one of the best Black romance films I’ve seen in nearly 20+ years.

Wednesday, 11 November, 2020 · 3 Comments

Ebony Powers: ‘Manifesto’ at Brava

Rotimi Agbabiaka delivers another winning solo show satirizing race, sexuality, and hunger for fame.

Sunday, 9 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Salvation at last: ‘Kill Move Paradise’ at Shotgun

Shotgun delivers one of the year’s best shows with James Ijames’ meditation on Black lives ended too soon.

Saturday, 13 July, 2019 · 5 Comments

With Attitude: ‘Nigga-Roo’ at The EXIT

Dazié Grego-Sykes’ incendiary Fringe solo show gets a full staging (such as it is) at EXIT Stage Left.

Thursday, 11 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

Failing Grade: ‘Transfers’ West Coast premiere at Crowded Fire

Lucy Thurber’s latest is the sort of ill-thought-out treatise on Affirmative Action you’d expect from Fox News.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 · 2 Comments

Belated Black History Month Double-Feature: ‘The Last Sermon of Sister Imani’ by TheatreF1rst and ‘Her Portmanteau’ at ACT

In which I catch up with two brand new Bay Area shows based exclusively around Black women.

Monday, 11 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

And what a Lovely Tale it is: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Barry Jenkins uses James Baldwin’s classic novel to create one of the best films of 2018.

Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 · 3 Comments

Not quite Detroit’s Finest: ‘Detroit ‘67’ Bay Area Premiere at Aurora Theatre

One of the most volatile events in US history is the backdrop for an ultimately toothless story at the Aurora.

Saturday, 8 September, 2018 · 2 Comments

I saw ‘Black Panther’ last night and My Life is Better for it (My Non-Spoiler Review)

Black Panther isn’t “a hero who happens to be Black”. Rather, Black identity is central and crucial to the story of his fantastic first MCU solo film.

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 · 3 Comments

I’m Lovin’ ‘Black Lightning’ for all the same reasons I Hated ‘Luke Cage’ (and I’m an MCU fan!)

The unapologetic Blackness of this superhero show makes it a must-watch.✊🏿

Thursday, 25 January, 2018 · 3 Comments