The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

The Sexy Salad Days: ‘Cabaret’ at SF Playhouse

The SF Playhouse’s great new revival is a reminder good times never last, no matter how good they are.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2019 · 1 Comment

Mechanical Animals: ‘Universal Robots’ West Coast premiere by Quantum Dragon

Mac Rogers reimagines Karel Čapek’s sci-fi classic in this thrilling steampunk production by Quantum Dragon.

Monday, 2 July, 2018 · Leave a comment

‘In Braunau’ is Out of Ideas: World Premiere (Sandbox) production by SF Playhouse

This would-be satire of White progressivism soon devolves into a poor treatise on the evils of fascism.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 · 3 Comments

I saw ‘Black Panther’ last night and My Life is Better for it (My Non-Spoiler Review)

Black Panther isn’t a hero “who happens to be Black,” rather Black identity is central and crucial to the story of his fantastic first MCU solo film.

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 · 1 Comment

X-mas Day Quadruple-Feature: ‘The Last Jedi’; ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’; ‘The Shape of Water’; ‘The Disaster Artist’

Jedis, jungles, fish-man junk, & James Franco.
All but the last made for a great day at the multiplex.

Thursday, 28 December, 2017 · 5 Comments

Like ‘Watch’-ing Paint Dry: ‘Watch on the Rhine’ at Berkeley Rep

The abundant flaws of Hellman’s script are made all the more apparent in Berkeley Rep’s production.

Thursday, 21 December, 2017 · Leave a comment

Early Harvest: ‘A Tale of Autumn’ world premiere by Crowded Fire

Clean living and technological harmony collide in a not-quite-perfect script from Christopher Chen.

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 · Leave a comment