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Keeping Up Appearances

George Heymont | Posted 07.05.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

When one thinks back on some of history's greatest hoaxes, the first two that come to mind are usually the Trojan Horse and the creation of Potemkin villages. Both were brilliant projects conceived and executed on a grand scale with formidable results.

Bits and Snatches

George Heymont | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Most of us, upon hearing the term amuse-bouche, instantly think of food. But in some situations I often think of programs which offer a collection of short plays as a long string of amuse-bouches. Some are tastier and have more heft than others; some have an almost ethereal appeal.

Meanwhile, Back at the Missing Persons Bureau

George Heymont | Posted 06.07.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two missing person mysteries recently took center stage in San Francisco. One was a contemporary drama making its debut as part of the National New Play Network's Rolling World Premiere program.

Boys Will Be Boys

George Heymont | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

What gives some musicals longevity and makes others fade from popular culture? No doubt, the demands for a viable book, an impressive score, and a high entertainment quotient are important.

Coping With Class Distinctions

George Heymont | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Bay Area audiences were recently able to reflect on the challenges of falling in love with someone whose socioeconomic status puts them out of reach. The folks at 42nd Street Moon presented a revival of a musical spoofing British aristocracy, and the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival offered a drama about a young man whose unrequited love is doomed by India's caste system.

Money Can't Buy You Love

George Heymont | Posted 10.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Money isn't everything. These days, when people start complaining about their daily misfortunes, a friend or therapist might suggest that they sit down and draw up a "gratitude list" in order to better appreciate their assets and blessings which they so often take for granted.

Hungry for Love

George Heymont | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

"Sing For Your Supper" was one of the many delights on a menu of nearly 50 songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart that were performed during 42nd Street Moon's recent musical salon (Thou Swell, Thou Witty!) dedicated to the legendary songwriting team.

Undeniable Labors of Love

George Heymont | Posted 08.27.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Politicians, warriors and self-important fools frequently fail to learn anything from the past. But for creative types, the past offers a wondrous portal which invites them to explore science and history (as well as the history of comparative religion, costume design, distant cultures and lots more).

Resurrections 'R Us

George Heymont | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Although the media tends to focus on highly visible public monuments, my mind went to places like the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and one of its most undersung attractions: the National Museum of American History.

Some Like It Shot

George Heymont | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

ike weddings, theatrical events come in all shapes and sizes. For the audience, it's not always a question of getting what you paid for. Sometimes the experience is more about having reasonable expectations.

Class Acts

George Heymont | Posted 07.26.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

For me, watching a film or a live theatrical performance is a bit like making love. I'm often in the dark, unsure of the next move. Whether or not my hopes and expectations will match reality remains to be seen.

To Preserve and Protect

George Heymont | Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Many professional musicians who give of their time to conduct master classes for young opera singers have a vested interest in passing on the knowledge they have acquired in the course of their own performing careers.