The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Tag Archives: cultural appropriation

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

Complicated Maneuver: ‘Yoga Play’ at SF Playhouse

Solid direction elevates Dipika Guha’s “okay” script about the endless cycle of cultural commodification.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 · 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

Only a Fraction of an Idea: ‘An Octoroon’ at Berkeley Rep

Fine acting and great Berkeley Rep production values can’t save Branden Jabobs-Jenkins’ God-awful script.

Sunday, 2 July, 2017 · 3 Comments

Swinging for the ‘Fences’

August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning classic finally gets the excellent film adaptation it deserves.

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017 · 1 Comment