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Ben Euphrat

Bidness as Usual

George Heymont | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new plays focusing on business issues recently received their world premieres from Bay area theatre companies.

Expect the Unexpected

George Heymont | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Like many people, I look forward to certain consistencies in life. Since moving to San Francisco in 1972, certain culinary treats became such personal favorites that I inevitably ordered them whenever I visited the restaurant where they were served.

Inconvenient Truths

George Heymont | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

After too many instances in which "the system failed," one tires of wondering what could have possibly gone wrong and starts to examine how cruelly the system is rigged to protect some while exploiting the vulnerability of others.

Lie! Lie! My Darling

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Dialect plays a critical role in David Lindsay-Abaire's heart-rending dramedy, Good People. Set in South Boston, it captures the sound of New Englanders who have been stuck in a pocket of economic depression for years with little chance of finding a better life.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

George Heymont | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

It's no secret that some people respond to power as they would to an aphrodisiac. Whether they prefer to wield power over others or submit to it on co...

The New Abnormal

George Heymont | Posted 01.01.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Yes, We're Open is filled with many San Francisco-centric jokes that will resonate with hipster haters ("I'm going to a bacon party at an art gallery"). As Luke's hapless friend Brett, H.P. Mendoza gets to wear one the worst neckties ever seen onscreen in the history of cinema.

Life's Different for the Super Rich

George Heymont | Posted 02.22.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Earlier this year, OpenTab Productions presented the West Coast premiere of Enron 2012. Using some superb puppets designed by Miyaka Cochrane, the production was directed by Ben Euphrat with a fury appropriate to the greedy tale of what happened to "the smartest guys in the room."