The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Feast for the Eyes: ‘The Book of Vision’ – 2021 SFIFF Opening Night Film

The 23rd annual SF Indiefest opens with a quiet fantasy drama about the line between innovation and loss of humanity.

Monday, 8 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Instant Replay: Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Online by the SF Ballet

SF Ballet brings back last year’s winning show for a not-quite-perfect online presentation.

Saturday, 30 January, 2021 · Leave a comment

All that Glitters during the Cold: ‘Utopia’ World Premiere at Cutting Ball and ‘Holiday Sauce… PANDEMIC!’

Before Christmas touches town, I look back on two flamboyant shows by Cutting Ball and Taylor Mac.

Saturday, 19 December, 2020 · Leave a comment

Crappy Quickie COVID Cash-In: ‘Songbird’

Michael Bay produced this idiotic anti-mask turd that has one saving grace: it’s only 80 minutes long.

Thursday, 10 December, 2020 · Leave a comment

And ‘On’ and ‘On’ it Goes: ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol: On Air’ and SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Online’

Not even a global pandemic can stop the ACT and SF Ballet from bringing their annual holiday productions to the world.

Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 · 2 Comments

Don’t Steal My Shine: ‘The Light’ online at Shotgun Players

Misogynoir is taken to task in Shotgun’s virtual production of Loy A. Webb’s breezy script.

Monday, 7 December, 2020 · 1 Comment

Belated Black Baseball Play Review: ‘Toni Stone’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

My very-late, but still-relevant review of the ACT’s show about this unsung heroine of baseball history.

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 · 1 Comment

What Dances shall We have: Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at SF Ballet

SF Ballet’s gorgeous remount ‘Midsummer’ only lasted one night, which somehow seems appropriate.

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020 · 2 Comments

‘Clash’-ing Lights and Civil Rights: Culture Clash ‘(Still) in America’ World Premiere at Berkeley Rep

The Latin trio return to the Berkeley Rep with their latest entertaining document of our country’s kookiest characters.

Thursday, 5 March, 2020 · 1 Comment