The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Tag Archives: Leontyne Mbele-Mbong

Better off Broken: ‘Bull in a China Shop’ Bay Area Premiere at Aurora Theatre

Aurora’s final 2019 is a winning dramatic-comedy set during the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Monday, 18 November, 2019 · 2 Comments

A Less-Perfect Union: ‘Sweat’ at the ACT

Awkward tonal shifts and a jagged narrative sink this winner of the 2015 Pulitzer.

Thursday, 4 October, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

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

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