The Thinking Man's Idiot

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Tag Archives: Black playwrights

‘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

When do we re-start?: ‘Interlude’ World Premiere at NCTC

NCTC world premieres an audio solo play about Black pain during the pandemic.

Wednesday, 10 March, 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

Belated Black Baseball Play Review: ‘Toni Stone’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

My very-late, but still-relevant review of the ACT’s show about this unsung heroine of baseball history.

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 · 1 Comment

My “Lost” Express Story: Can The Flight Deck Take Off Once Again?

Stephen Buel still owes me money for this never-published East Bay Express story.

Saturday, 8 August, 2020 · 3 Comments

Don’t You think You’re Falling: ‘Gloria’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins leans too heavily on shock value and “death (wink, wink) of print” clichés in his latest show at the ACT.

Thursday, 27 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Dark Skin Don’t Bruise: ‘Inked Baby’ Bay Area Premiere by Crowded Fire Theater

Christina Anderson’s examination of Black bodily autonomy is wonderfully realized by Crowded Fire.

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 · 2 Comments