The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

‘Birds of Prey’ is the ‘Deadpool 2’ Redux we Didn’t Need but Still Love

Margot Robbie gets a great second chance at playing Harley, though the plot may seem a bit familiar.

Wednesday, 5 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Comfortably Numb: ‘Ways to Leave a Body’ world premiere at Cutting Ball

Cutting Ball starts off the new decade with two one-act dreams about women whose bodies aren’t theirs.

Monday, 27 January, 2020 · 2 Comments

Not the Worst Witch: ‘Becky Nurse of Salem’ World Premiere at the Berkeley Rep

The second Witch Trial play I’ve seen in a week is an imperfect misfire for Sarah Ruhl and the Rep.

Friday, 20 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Pure Incel Cinema: (2019 Movie Addendum)

The popularity of 2019’s two biggest film should NOT be something we celebrate.

Friday, 13 December, 2019 · 1 Comment

Stupid is as ‘Stuber’ Does

A talented cast is wasted in this badly-written, poorly-shot “action-comedy”.

Wednesday, 3 July, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dream Girl: ‘Helen’ at Theatre of Yugen

Yugen’s latest is both a modern and classical examination of the infamous “face that launched 1,000 ships”.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2019 · 1 Comment

Baldur’s #GamerGate: ‘Non-Player Character’ world premiere by SF Playhouse

Toxic masculinity is taken to task in this SF Playhouse world premiere dramatizing the #GamerGate controversy.

Saturday, 17 February, 2018 · Leave a comment