The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

‘Change’ gon’ Come: ‘Caroline, or Change’ at Ray of Light

Tony Kushner’s critically-acclaimed musical gets worthy staging by Ray of Light.

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 · Leave a comment

Happy if She were Nappy: Thoughts on Storm, the Greatest X-Man

When the MCU reboots the ‘X-Men’ film series, here’s the one change they NEED to make.

Friday, 14 June, 2019 · 3 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 · 2 Comments

Off Without a Hitch: ‘North by North Lobster’ by Killing My Lobster

KML’s latest takes an hilarious look at a certain sexist director who loved to film in San Francisco. It’s grawesome!

Friday, 19 October, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Drowning in White Tears: ‘White’ at Shotgun Players

Shotgun hosts the West Coast premiere of James Ijames’ scathing satire of White privilege in art.

Sunday, 15 July, 2018 · 3 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 · 1 Comment

Missed its Stop: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at Ubuntu Theater

Ubuntu’s attempt to deconstruct Tennessee Williams’ classic paradoxically reveals how little they understand of the material.

Monday, 5 February, 2018 · 2 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