The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

Still Rockin’ after All these Years: ‘The Story of Lovers Rock’ (2011) at NY ADIFF

Not the Steve McQueen film, but the 2011 documentary that first brought the Black British genre to light.

Tuesday, 2 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

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

‘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

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

So… I finally saw ‘Hamilton’ last week

Through sheer lottery luck, I finally saw that show everyone’s been talking about for 3 1/2 years. Verdict?

Thursday, 16 May, 2019 · 2 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

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