The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Close to the Target: ‘Shoot Me When’ world premiere (online) at SF Playhouse

The latest from the Playhouse is an imperfect piece about living (and dying) on your own terms.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

‘Eye’ on the Prize: ‘The Bluest Eye’ “audio drama” at Aurora Theatre

Aurora’s audio show – originally intended for a live production – adds to the dreamlike quality of Toni Morrison’s debut story.

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 · Leave a comment

Can’t read the Writing on the Wall: [hieroglyph] world premiere by SF Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Two great companies collab for a show that uses a popular lie to tell a troubling rape narrative.

Saturday, 13 March, 2021 · 2 Comments

When do we re-start?: ‘Interlude’ World Premiere at NCTC

NCTC world premieres an audio solo play about Black pain during the pandemic.

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 · Leave a comment

Outside of the Routine: 2021 Digital Program 3 by the SF Ballet

We’re all trapped in a routine, so the SF Ballet presents a trio of shows about breaking out.

Monday, 8 March, 2021 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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