The Thinking Man's Idiot

The unruly brain and bad habits of a writer, artist, 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 · 2 Comments

Stupid is as ‘Stuber’ Does

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

Wednesday, 3 July, 2019 · 2 Comments

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

Saying what ‘You Mean’: ‘You Mean to Do Me Harm’ world premiere (Sandbox) by SF Playhouse

Racism, sexism, classism, and privilege are given the mature examination they deserve in this SF Playhouse world premiere.

Saturday, 17 June, 2017 · 4 Comments

Fragile ‘Doll’: ‘Nora’ at Shotgun

Emotions are far too restrained in Shotgun’s sterile revival of Ibsen-by-way-of-Bergman.

Saturday, 25 March, 2017 · 2 Comments

It Just Keeps Piling Up: ‘Daughter of a GarbageMan’ at The Marsh-SF

Maureen Langan’s life MIGHT make for a great story, but that’s not the one she tells in her hypocritical solo show.

Friday, 24 February, 2017 · 1 Comment