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Entries by George Heymont from 10/2011

When the Claws Come Out

| Posted 10.03.2011 | Arts

Who doesn't love a good cat fight? I'm not talking about old-fashioned ladies mud wrestling or a trailer trash hair-pulling contest. I'm referring to the kind of fight where acid thoughts fly across the stage on malicious darts guided by a frightening level of intelligence.

Asian-American Artists at the San Francisco Fringe Festival

| Posted 10.06.2011 | Arts

There's an old saying that you have to kiss a few frogs to find a prince. The same applies to programming at fringe festivals. Some are forgettable while others show promise. Sarah Lau's The Secret Adventures of Fat Woman and Remedial Girl is one to watch.

Living in Parallel Universes

| Posted 10.10.2011 | Arts

Two small San Francisco theatre companies recently staged new works whose characters struggle to cope with parallel universes that defy reality. Though set nearly 100 years apart, each production delivers a healthy dose of shock, awe, and plain old stupefaction.

Rolling Down a River, Drowning in Denial

| Posted 10.13.2011 | Arts

The cost of maintaining a family secret often turns out to be far more dramatic than previously imagined. This summer, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival screened two classics that showed the devastating effect such secrets can have on a family.

With Fierce Dedication To Their Art

| Posted 10.16.2011 | Arts

In the past year Americans have witnessed a new phenomenon that astounds and profoundly revolts me: the degradation and demonization of the teaching p...

Blood, Blood, Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

| Posted 10.17.2011 | Arts

Hamlet vs. Zombies offers audiences 90 minutes of inspired lunacy. I suspect this show will have a great future touring the college circuit and getting guest bookings with regional Fringe and Shakespeare festivals.

Stepping on a Rhyme, Stopping on a Dime

| Posted 10.24.2011 | Arts

Throughout The Furious Force of Rhymes audiences are introduced to Israeli Jews, marginalized French Arabs, East German skinhead punks and West African feminists who all share a common musical language.

The Old Lady and the Book

| Posted 10.27.2011 | Arts

Two new dramas focus on the links between an old woman and a book. In each case, a younger man's interest in reading is the glue that holds the plot together.

The Successful Monologist: Nature Versus Nurture?

| Posted 10.31.2011 | Arts

I recently watched two people perform monologues at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. While the quality of writing and subject matter varied, the success of each was determined within its first 60 seconds by the artist's confidence and personal charisma.