The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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My “Lost” Express Story: Can The Flight Deck Take Off Once Again?

Stephen Buel still owes me money for this never-published East Bay Express story.

Saturday, 8 August, 2020 · 3 Comments

Time Keeps on Drippin’: ‘Time Sensitive’ by Ragged Wing Ensemble

Ragged Wing’s latest is a haunting lyrical movement piece about unchecked capitalism in a dying world.

Monday, 15 April, 2019 · 3 Comments

At the Hour of Our Death: ‘4.48 Psychosis’ at Anton’s Well

Sarah Kane’s rarely-produced final work is the subject of a wonderfully haunting production by Anton’s Well.

Thursday, 26 July, 2018 · 3 Comments

I saw ‘Black Panther’ last night and My Life is Better for it (My Non-Spoiler Review)

Black Panther isn’t “a hero who happens to be Black”. Rather, Black identity is central and crucial to the story of his fantastic first MCU solo film.

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 · 3 Comments

Wandering All Over: ‘black odyssey’ at Cal Shakes

Marcus Gardley’s play is so close to perfection that it’s enough to drive you crazy that it doesn’t quite get there.

Sunday, 20 August, 2017 · 3 Comments

One Wacky ‘War’: ‘Shakespeare or Space Wars’ by Peripatetic Players

The Bard bumps up against blast doors in this hilarious new comedy from the Peripatetic Players.

Thursday, 27 July, 2017 · Leave a comment

Playground Double-Feature: ‘Hedge’ and ‘Kano + Abe’

I spotlight two shows in Playground’s “Best Of” festival, both of which focus on Bay Area neighborhoods.

One is a hypocritical gentrification drama, the other is a creative (if flawed) crime story.

Friday, 9 June, 2017 · Leave a comment

Youth Theatre Double-Feature: ‘Macbeth’ at Gritty City Rep and ‘Fly Guy’ at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

A Caribbean take on Shakespeare and an adorable adaptation of a children’s book made for an interesting weekend of theatre.

Monday, 22 May, 2017 · 1 Comment