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Not Getting Married Today

George Heymont | Posted 08.16.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

It was difficult to explain to this passionate Cuban man that I didn't want to marry anybody. Still don't. Why not? I'm one of those men that Professor Henry Higgins described as "a confirmed old bachelor, and likely to remain so."

Sweet Clarity

George Heymont | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the hardest tasks for theatre companies is to find a way to make classics of the dramatic literature accessible to modern audiences.

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.

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.

First Nighter: 'Bauer' Is Marvelously Artistic About Art

David Finkle | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In the history of art, the importance of patrons has rarely been underestimated. The egregious result of Solomon Guggenheim's support for Rudolf Bauer is one of the most disturbing instances. In Bauer, it receives superlative treatment.

Schools of Hard Knocks

George Heymont | Posted 09.13.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

These two productions new to San Francisco are set in niche educational situations that each have a peculiar sense of urgency. Why do films about the educational process immediately capture my attention?

As Seen Through a Woman's Eyes

George Heymont | Posted 07.27.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A loving tribute written by Gail Collins to honor political activist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem caused me to stop and think about some of the progress that's been made in the women's rights movement and the incredible distance that still needs to be traveled.

Questionable Role Models

George Heymont | Posted 05.29.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Although it is never clearly stated in either script, both dramas are about throwaway children. Children who, instead of ending up in NeverLand, have been abandoned by parents who are ill-equipped to provide for their offspring or are too self-involved to cope with a child's needs.

A Pair of Pitch Perfect Productions

George Heymont | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Earlier this year, two plays by two of Britain's most beloved playwrights were presented within a block and a half of each other in downtown San Francisco.

Impossible Dreams

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While it's possible that those who aspire to less enjoy life more, I have no doubt that every generation of humanity has had its ass kicked by reality.

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.

Hiding In Plain Sight

George Heymont | Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

While some Americans assume that their religious freedom gives them the right to trample the rights of others, all too often the oppressor doesn't realize what true freedom can mean to someone.

Does Enchantment Pour out of Every Door?

George Heymont | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

If one were to look for unlikely social climbers in literature, one of the most obvious examples is Eliza Doolittle. The character created by George Bernard Shaw for 1912's Pygmalion was further immortalized in the 1956 hit musical, My Fair Lady.

Have Yourself a Less Than Merry Christmas

George Heymont | Posted 02.14.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Many children go to bed on Christmas Eve dreaming that Santa Claus will come down their chimney (even if they live in an apartment building) and leave presents for them under the family's Christmas tree. As most adults know, that just isn't how things work.

Zayd Dohrn's Reborning Receives a Brilliant World Premiere

George Heymont | Posted 07.22.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

After Daizy gave her a job, Kelly developed a strange interest in sculpting latex babies. Many of her clients bring her pictures of their lost infants and pay Kelly handsomely for her work.

Prisoner's Dilemma at COP15 in Copenhagen; Meanwhile in Mei Lin's Kitchen

David Nordfors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Nordfors

Multilateral negotiations broke down in Copenhagen: future climate change talks should take a note from Silicon Valley, where tools to innovate and bypass obstacles were developed by small groups of people in kitchens and garages.