The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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When do we re-start?: ‘Interlude’ World Premiere at NCTC

NCTC world premieres an audio solo play about Black pain during the pandemic.

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 · Leave a comment

All that Glitters during the Cold: ‘Utopia’ World Premiere at Cutting Ball and ‘Holiday Sauce… PANDEMIC!’

Before Christmas touches town, I look back on two flamboyant shows by Cutting Ball and Taylor Mac.

Saturday, 19 December, 2020 · 1 Comment

Ebony Powers: ‘Manifesto’ at Brava

Rotimi Agbabiaka delivers another winning solo show satirizing race, sexuality, and hunger for fame.

Sunday, 9 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

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

O Horny Night: ‘The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told’ at LCTC

LCTC stages a raucous, and somewhat bloated, retelling of biblical creation from the writer of ‘In & Out’.

Sunday, 10 November, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Gayest ‘Show’ on Earth: ‘Rocky Horror’ Farewell Tour at Ray of Light Theatre

Ray of Light stages an appropriately loud and lusty production for their final run of the cult classic.

Monday, 28 October, 2019 · 3 Comments

Loud AND Ladylike: ‘The Daughters’ World Premiere (Sandbox Series) by SF Playhouse

The changing face of SF’s Lesbian community is wonderfully realized in this Sandbox world premiere.

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 · 2 Comments

Incompatible Personality: ‘Significant Other’ at SF Playhouse

Lauren English’s light-touch direction can only do so much with this confused script about “singles rage”.

Thursday, 16 May, 2019 · Leave a comment

Unanswered Prayer: ‘The Good Book’ West Coast Premiere at Berkeley Rep

What begins as an intriguing history lesson on The Bible quickly devolves into melodrama in Berkeley Rep’s latest.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2019 · Leave a comment