The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

Belated Praise of Pre-Quarantine Black Romance: ‘The Photograph’

The last film I saw before lockdown was one of the best Black romance films I’ve seen in nearly 20+ years.

Wednesday, 11 November, 2020 · 3 Comments

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 · 5 Comments

Happy if She were Nappy: Thoughts on 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 · 4 Comments