The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

Silly Shakespeare Double-Feature: ‘Caesar Maximus’ by We Players AND ‘War of the Roses’ by Cal Shakes

Two of the Bay Area’s best companies make the same miscalculation when adapting The Bard.

Friday, 7 September, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wandering All Over: ‘black odyssey’ at Cal Shakes

Marcus Gardley’s play is so close to perfection that it’s enough to drive you crazy that it doesn’t quite get there.

Sunday, 20 August, 2017 · 3 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