The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Tag Archives: Lisa Anne Porter

The Newest Old Play: ACT Out Loud – ‘Trouble in Mind’

The inaugural entry in the ACT’s new reading series is Alice Childress’ all-too-relevant 1957 classic.

Saturday, 3 April, 2021 · 3 Comments

And ‘On’ and ‘On’ it Goes: ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol: On Air’ and SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Online’

Not even a global pandemic can stop the ACT and SF Ballet from bringing their annual holiday productions to the world.

Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 · 4 Comments

Don’t You think You’re Falling: ‘Gloria’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins leans too heavily on shock value and “death (wink, wink) of print” clichés in his latest show at the ACT.

Thursday, 27 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sinks in later innings: ‘Testmatch’ World Premiere at ACT

The messy legacy of cricket and British colonialism is the focus of Kate Atwell’s fun-but-messy new play.

Friday, 8 November, 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

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

Bitter Pill Double-Feature: ‘The Effect’ at SF Playhouse and ‘Eureka Day’ world premiere at Aurora Theatre

The idea of “better living through chemistry” results in an imperfect SF Playhouse show and an excellent Aurora show.

Friday, 15 June, 2018 · 2 Comments

‘John’ Dope: Annie Baker at ACT

Annie Baker couldn’t commit to writing one play, so she combined all of them into one interminably long ACT production.

Sunday, 19 March, 2017 · 1 Comment