The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

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Failing Grade: ‘Transfers’ West Coast premiere at Crowded Fire

Lucy Thurber’s latest is the sort of ill-thought-out treatise on Affirmative Action you’d expect from Fox News.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Song Remains the Same: ‘Violet: The Musical’ at Bay Area Musicals

My second-ever viewing of a BAMSF show is fantastic production of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Those Old Familiar Steps: ‘West Side Story’ at Berkeley Playhouse

One of the most beloved shows of all time gets a rousing production at the Berkeley Playhouse.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

2018: the YEar i didn’t give up

In which I find hope in the climax of this Batman’s-dick-of-a-year.

Saturday, 2 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Xmas Triple-Feature: ‘Into the Spider-Verse’, ‘Creed 2’, ‘BumbleBee’

2018’s holiday haul included a sweet Spidey spin-off, a great non-Rocky sequel, and a Bay-free bot-flick.

Saturday, 2 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

And what a Lovely Tale it is: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Barry Jenkins uses James Baldwin’s classic novel to create one of the best films of 2018.

Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 · 2 Comments

Here’s Why I ‘Hate’ It: ‘The Hate U Give’ – A Black Man’s (angry, incoherent) Review

Angie Thomas’ best-selling novel becomes a hypocritical melodrama that exploits BlackLivesMatter.

Thursday, 11 October, 2018 · 10 Comments

A Less-Perfect Union: ‘Sweat’ at the ACT

Awkward tonal shifts and a jagged narrative sink this winner of the 2015 Pulitzer.

Thursday, 4 October, 2018 · Leave a comment

Not quite Detroit’s Finest: ‘Detroit ‘67’ Bay Area Premiere at Aurora Theatre

One of the most volatile events in US history is the backdrop for an ultimately toothless story at the Aurora.

Saturday, 8 September, 2018 · 2 Comments