The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Fine China Doll: ‘The Chinese Lady’ Bay Area premiere at The Magic

The US may have forgotten its first Chinese immigrant, but her tale is beautifully told by the Magic Theatre.

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

Loud & Proud Latinx Double-Feature: ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ World Premiere at Berkeley Rep AND ‘Oedipus El Rey’ Revival at The Magic

A world premiere swan song and a powerful revival celebrate the wonderful eclecticness of local Latinx talent.

Monday, 10 June, 2019 · Leave a comment

Haunted Hearth: ‘In Old Age’ World Premiere at The Magic

Mfoniso Udiofia’s multi-play saga takes an oddly supernatural turn in this new chapter by The Magic.

Monday, 15 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

Forgive me, Father: ‘The Resting Place’ World Premiere at The Magic Theatre

The sins of life follow you into death in this world premiere dramedy opening The Magic’s 52nd season.

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018 · 2 Comments

The Stupidity Principle: ‘Heisenberg’ at ACT

Science has nothing to do with this poorly-written May-December rom-com at the ACT.

Thursday, 22 March, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pillar of Salt: Looking back at the Best and Worst of 2017

Sorry, Frank – it was NOT “a very good year”.

Still, there were bright spots to be found.

Saturday, 13 January, 2018 · Leave a comment

Delusion of ‘Grandeur’: Han Ong’s world premiere Gil Scott-Heron play at The Magic

Not even amazing set design and two-out-of-three great performers can save an unforgivably terrible script in this Magic Theatre world premiere.

Thursday, 15 June, 2017 · 3 Comments

Old-Fashioned ‘Waltz’ at The Magic Theatre

The AIDS-era satire gets a somewhat uneven revival as part of Magic’s Legacy Series.

Thursday, 30 March, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Fools’ Rush In: ‘Fool for Love’ at The Magic

Sam Shepard’s classic returns home to the Magic for a stunning (if miscast) revival.

Saturday, 11 February, 2017 · Leave a comment