The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Can’t read the Writing on the Wall: [hieroglyph] world premiere by SF Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Two great companies collab for a show that uses a popular lie to tell a troubling rape narrative.

Saturday, 13 March, 2021 · 2 Comments

‘Change’ gon’ Come: ‘Caroline, or Change’ at Ray of Light

Tony Kushner’s critically-acclaimed musical gets worthy staging by Ray of Light.

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Bear with Me: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at Af-Am Shakes

Several (though not all) of the problems in this “problem play” are solved in this Af-Am Shakes production.

Thursday, 15 June, 2017 · 1 Comment

Where the Heart is: ‘Home’ at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

The San Francisco theatre institution marks its return with this stripped-down revival of Samm-Art Williams’ critically-acclaimed play.

Saturday, 27 May, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ticket to Ride: ‘Jitney’ at Af-Am Shakes

The stage may be new for Af-Am Shakes, but August Wilson’s script is as timely as ever.

Tuesday, 11 April, 2017 · 2 Comments