The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Belated Black History Month Double-Feature: ‘The Last Sermon of Sister Imani’ by TheatreF1rst and ‘Her Portmanteau’ at ACT

In which I catch up with two brand new Bay Area shows based exclusively around Black women.

Monday, 11 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

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

The End can’t come Quick Enough: ‘Everybody’ West Coast Premiere at Cal Shakes

Not even an excellent cast and strong direction can breath life into the DOA script by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

Friday, 27 July, 2018 · 3 Comments

Desperate ‘Measure’: ‘Measure for Measure’ at Cal Shakes

Shakespeare and sexual politics collide in Cal Shakes’ version of one of The Bard’s infamous “problem plays”.

Saturday, 23 September, 2017 · 1 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

‘Like’-minded: ‘As You Like It’ at Cal Shakes

The sexual politics of The Bard’s gender-bending comedy receive an uneven interpretation from Cal Shakes.

Thursday, 1 June, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mad ‘House’ at Custom Made

The dark social satire hasn’t lost any of its edge in Custom Made’s take on Wendy MacLeod’s one-act.

Monday, 3 April, 2017 · 1 Comment