The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

The Pain Ends with Death: ‘The Children’ West Coast premiere at the Aurora

Top-notch acting and direction opens Aurora’s 2020 with a well-written play that doesn’t stick the landing.

Friday, 7 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

‘Birds of Prey’ is the ‘Deadpool 2’ Redux we Didn’t Need but Still Love

Margot Robbie gets a great second chance at playing Harley, though the plot may seem a bit familiar.

Wednesday, 5 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Virtual Insanity: ‘An Invitation Out’ West Coast Premiere by Quantum Dragon

An overlong, clichéd script is saved by great direction, a super cast, and eye-popping creative choices.

Thursday, 19 December, 2019 · 1 Comment

Freezing Our Balls Off: ‘Snowed In’ by Killing My Lobster

An impossible SF snowstorm provides the setting for KML’s latest holiday sketch set.

Saturday, 7 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

‘The Tempest’ on a Trapeze: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Amaluna’ in San Francisco

The Bard’s “stormy” story is the basis for Cirque du Soleil’s latest grand spectacle.

Sunday, 10 November, 2019 · 1 Comment

Romance is Dread: ‘Elevada’ at Shotgun Players

A good cast can only do so much of this “satire” of rom-coms that supports their worst tropes.

Monday, 28 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fine China Doll: ‘The Chinese Lady’ Bay Area premiere at The Magic

The US may have forgotten its first Chinese immigrant, but her tale is beautifully told by the Magic Theatre.

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Shoddy Politic: ‘Kings’ at Shotgun Players

Shotgun’s latest production is an ultimately toothless “satire” of politics in the AOC era.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019 · Leave a comment

‘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

Time Keeps on Drippin’: ‘Time Sensitive’ by Ragged Wing Ensemble

Ragged Wing’s latest is a haunting lyrical movement piece about unchecked capitalism in a dying world.

Monday, 15 April, 2019 · 2 Comments