The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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 · 4 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

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

Here’s Why I ‘Hate’ It: ‘The Hate U Give’ – A Black Man’s (angry, incoherent) Review

Angie Thomas’ best-selling novel becomes a hypocritical melodrama that exploits BlackLivesMatter.

Thursday, 11 October, 2018 · 10 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

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