The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

‘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

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

Haunted Hearth: ‘In Old Age’ World Premiere at The Magic

Mfoniso Udiofia’s multi-play saga takes an oddly supernatural turn in this new chapter by The Magic.

Monday, 15 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

A Less-Perfect Union: ‘Sweat’ at the ACT

Awkward tonal shifts and a jagged narrative sink this winner of the 2015 Pulitzer.

Thursday, 4 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