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

Christmas Movie Round-Up 2019

A Christmas screen-hop features Black Power, White romance, and Sci-Fi. Guess which one I loved?

Friday, 27 December, 2019 · 1 Comment

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

Because ‘Nice’ is a Trap: ‘Dionysus was such a Nice Man’ West Coast premiere at foolsFURY

Kate Tarker’s darkly comic Greek myth remix is incredibly timely, if a bit bloated.

Monday, 7 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

Torn from Memory: ‘Ripped’ World Premiere by Z Space

Rachel Bublitz returns to SF to premiere a funny, sad, humanizing tale of campus sexual assault.

Friday, 31 May, 2019 · 2 Comments

‘Fair’ Game: ‘Vanity Fair’ at the ACT

Thackeray’s classic novel keeps the Victorian setting and adds modern gender politics in ACT’s lavish new production.

Thursday, 25 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

The High Price of Toxic Masculinity: ‘Creditors’ at Aurora

August Strindberg’s classic tale of male manipulation is still relevant in Aurora’s powerful new production.

Sunday, 3 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mad Mother: ‘Phèdre’ at Cutting Ball

Though the performances are uneven, strong direction and social commentary bolster Cutting Ball’s take on the classic Greek myth.

Thursday, 27 April, 2017 · 1 Comment