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Aurora Theatre Company

Death and the Dysfunctional American Family

George Heymont | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two recent productions by small theatre companies in Berkeley focused on fictional American families with more than enough misery to go around.

Problems in Bed, Booze, and Beyond

George Heymont | Posted 01.02.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

It's hard to believe that five years have passed since Lady Gaga recorded "Bad Romance." But with the fifth anniversary of the release date of Gaga's album, The Fame Monster, on October 26, 2014 it's interesting to note the song's impact on popular culture.

The Caveman Cometh

George Heymont | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With people now embracing a paleolithic diet, when someone is labeled as being a Neanderthal or Cro-Magnon kinda guy, the slur is likely a reference to his mentality and lack of social skills rather than his use of leopard skin to make a fashion statement.

Comedy, Tonight!

George Heymont | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A popular show business axiom insists that "Dying is easy, comedy is hard." While any performer who has bombed onstage will quickly acknowledge this bitter truth, the bottom line is that comedy depends on good ideas and solid execution.

Boys in the Attic

George Heymont | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two recent Bay Area productions included characters whose lives were haunted by the suicide of their son. The ghost of one son appears onstage; the other is never seen.

Trapped in Limbo

George Heymont | Posted 05.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two Bay area premieres showcased the struggles of unlucky souls trapped in radically different cultures on opposite sides of the planet.

Your Cheatin' Heart

George Heymont | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some men are luckier in life than in love. Whether they become top athletes, matinee idols, or wartime heroes, their trust in the goodness of people makes them loyal to a fault.

Humiliation, Family Style

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

As everyone knows, the 1960s was a time of great civil unrest, a subculture embracing hallucinogenic drugs, exuberant celebrations of free love and new music. However, at 1750 Stuart Street in Brooklyn, sounds of celebration and joy were few and far between.

City on Fire

George Heymont | Posted 08.15.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The Boston Marathon bombings forced many people to ask an age-old question. Is someone's behavior shaped by nature or nurture? Some of life's tragedies are undeniably due to natural cycles. Two shorts screened at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival demonstrated this process with a wry sense of humor.

That's NOT What Friends Are for

George Heymont | Posted 05.06.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new plays depict profound betrayals of a friend's trust. One focuses on male relationships, the other on female relationships. In one play, the betrayal is calculated, hypocritical, devastating, and unconscionable.

Meanwhile, Back at the Cult of the Clitoris

George Heymont | Posted 12.03.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Few people would deny Eve Ensler credit for the impact she has had on women's lives around the world. It's easy to understand why Newsweek named Ensler as one of its "150 Women Who Changed Our World."

Women on the Verge

George Heymont | Posted 04.21.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Joy Carlin has directed the Bay area premiere of Body Awareness with a keen sensitivity to the kinds of remarks that can quickly escalate a misunderstanding to the point where two people might seem close to ending a relationship.

11 Cultural Highs From San Francisco's 2011 Arts Calendar

George Heymont | Posted 02.25.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

The San Francisco Bay area has such a vibrant arts community that prioritizing events can become a mind-numbing exercise. Here is a slideshow of the 11 most thrilling events I attended in 2011.

Stiff Upper Lips

George Heymont | Posted 11.22.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Keeping up appearances is of paramount importance to control freaks. Two new productions reveal what happens when the ice starts to crack and terrible truths leak out.