The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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

Torn from Memory: ‘Ripped’ World Premiere by Z Space

Rachel Bublitz returns to SF to premiere a funny, sad, humanizing tale of campus sexual assault.

Friday, 31 May, 2019 · 2 Comments

‘Fair’ Game: ‘Vanity Fair’ at the ACT

Thackeray’s classic novel keeps the Victorian setting and adds modern gender politics in ACT’s lavish new production.

Thursday, 25 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dream Girl: ‘Helen’ at Theatre of Yugen

Yugen’s latest is both a modern and classical examination of the infamous “face that launched 1,000 ships”.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2019 · 1 Comment

We’re All Screwed: ‘La Ronde’ at Cutting Ball

Arthur Schnitzler’s classic sexual vignette piece is resurrected by Cutting Ball in a VERY intimate production.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Oleanna 2.0: ‘Actually’ Bay Area premiere at the Aurora

Aurora scores a hit with Anna Ziegler’s incendiary piece about sexual consent and identity politics.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 · 2 Comments

Spellbinding: ‘Some Enchanted Evenings’ at The EXIT Stage Left

Two of the most important names in Bay Area independent theatre share the joy of storytelling over the course of one hour.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 · 1 Comment

The Song Remains the Same: ‘Violet: The Musical’ at Bay Area Musicals

My second-ever viewing of a BAMSF show is fantastic production of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

The High Price of Toxic Masculinity: ‘Creditors’ at Aurora

August Strindberg’s classic tale of male manipulation is still relevant in Aurora’s powerful new production.

Sunday, 3 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing: ‘Women Laughing Alone with Salad’ at Shotgun

Shotgun’s latest falls flat with a deafening roar of self-important, casually racist “satire”.

Saturday, 20 October, 2018 · 3 Comments