The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Will these days Never End?: ‘Summertime’ – 2021 SFIFF Centerpiece Film

(Belated by embargo) The centerpiece film of SF Indiefest 2021 is a vibrant poetic love letter to the City of Angels.

Monday, 12 July, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wave the White Flag: ACT Out Loud – ‘Arms and the Man’

George Bernard Shaw’s classic satire gets an unfortunately sour reading as part of ACT’s new series.

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 · 1 Comment

‘Eye’ on the Prize: ‘The Bluest Eye’ “audio drama” at Aurora Theatre

Aurora’s audio show – originally intended for a live production – adds to the dreamlike quality of Toni Morrison’s debut story.

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Newest Old Play: ACT Out Loud – ‘Trouble in Mind’

The inaugural entry in the ACT’s new reading series is Alice Childress’ all-too-relevant 1957 classic.

Saturday, 3 April, 2021 · 3 Comments

Can’t read the Writing on the Wall: [hieroglyph] world premiere by SF Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Two great companies collab for a show that uses a popular lie to tell a troubling rape narrative.

Saturday, 13 March, 2021 · 2 Comments

Okay, at best: ‘Una Great Movie’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

Jennifer Sharp’s Hollywood satire is two interesting films that make up a single uneven film.

Friday, 19 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

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

Too Many Half-Notes: ‘Sylvie’s Love’

Writer-director Eugene Ashe is far too in love with his own style to create any real love between his two leads.

Saturday, 30 January, 2021 · Leave a comment

Don’t Steal My Shine: ‘The Light’ online at Shotgun Players

Misogynoir is taken to task in Shotgun’s virtual production of Loy A. Webb’s breezy script.

Monday, 7 December, 2020 · 3 Comments

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