The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

The Forest for the Trees: ‘The Jungle’ at The Curran

Before The Curran becomes Hogwarts, it hosts an excellent production of another hit British show.

Thursday, 28 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

From the Trailer to Ten Most Wanted: ‘A White Girl’s Guide to International Terrorism’ Sandbox Premiere by San Francisco Playhouse

SF Playhouse’s latest Sandbox show deftly flips the script on what America thinks “a terrorist SHOULD look like”.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

‘In Braunau’ is Out of Ideas: World Premiere (Sandbox) production by SF Playhouse

This would-be satire of White progressivism soon devolves into a poor treatise on the evils of fascism.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 · 4 Comments

New Hero, Same Story: ‘Bilal – A New Breed of Hero’

Trying to stuff an epic tale into a relatively short film keeps this animated adventure from truly taking off.

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 · 1 Comment

‘Big’ Love in a Small Movie: ‘The Big Sick’

Though hindered by the conventions of its genre, this based-on-a-true-story rom-com has more than enough to make it worth the watch.

Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 · 1 Comment

An Almost-Perfect Storm: ‘Monsoon Wedding’ world premiere at Berkeley Rep

Some head-scratching directorial choices are the only thing keeping this world premiere musical from being perfect.

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 · 3 Comments