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A Look at the Resurgence of Williamstown Theatre Festival

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.20.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Now people are going to say there was no need for Williamstown to make a comeback, because it never went anywhere, but let me lay out my case.

Charmed, I'm Sure!

George Heymont | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

When people with widely disparate cultural beliefs meet up in real life, several outcomes are possible. One of the best examples of this phenomenon was depicted in Pacific Overtures (the 1976 Broadway musical which focused on the historical moment in which Japan opened its isolated island society to Western culture).

Benjamin Scheuer's The Lion at the Lynn Redgrave Theater and Williamstown Theater Festival Gala

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.12.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

When Benjamin Scheuer walks onto the Lynn Redgrave Theater stage, picking up an acoustic guitar, announcing he's 10 years old, you believe him. He is about to tell his story in song, accompanying himself with several guitars, instruments he mastered at his father's knee.

Love and Art Are on Full Display in Stoppard's 'Indian Ink' at American Conservatory Theater

Jason Mannino | Posted 03.29.2015 | San Francisco
Jason Mannino

"Rasa" is the Indian term that describes the essence of an artwork. It only occurs through a participant's uplifted experience of the art and it is flowing in full force in American Conservatory Theater's new production of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink.

Stoppard in India

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Mid-period Stoppard -- that is, the work of the acclaimed Czech-born British playwright in his fifties and early sixties -- brought forth a remarkable series of intricate, thought-provoking-but-inviting plays like Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia.

Asian Persuasians

George Heymont | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Western culture isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Comparative studies of Judeo-Christian versus Eastern religions and philosophies reveal much greater depth and breadth in some areas of Shintoism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.

Who's Really on Top?

George Heymont | Posted 07.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new productions focus on what happens when the status quo (based on assumptions that rest on a foundation of male privilege) is undermined by women who are more intelligent, more complex, more aggressive and better at what they do than certain men in their lives.

Curses! Foiled Again!

George Heymont | Posted 03.13.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

From The Mummy's Curse to The Curse of the Werewolf, from the tale of King Midas to the legend of Sleeping Beauty, literature is filled with curses.

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.

Papers, Please!

George Heymont | Posted 08.29.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether undocumented immigrants crawl through a tunnel linking Mexico with the United States or pay a Chinese "snakehead" to help them stow away aboard a container ship bound for America, every day of their life begins with the fear that they will be asked "Papers, please!"

Wit, Intellect and Sensuality Propel Stoppard's Radiant 'Arcadia' at ACT

Leo Stutzin | Posted 07.28.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Tom Stoppard's genius has never shone more brightly than in Arcadia, his intricate and passionate exploration of the pursuit of cutting-edge scientific knowledge, arcane literary discovery, artistic and scholarly fame, and uninhibited, uncommitted sex.

Black Box Revolution

George Heymont | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

In some ways, live theater is like mold. It develops in an opportunistic fashion, spreading and growing stronger over time. A perfect example of this process is becoming more visible in San Francisco in the area being touted as the new Central Market Arts District.

Aaron Sankin

SF's Top Theater Company Goes Big On Troubled Stretch Of Market Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.29.2012 | San Francisco

If you looked at the Strand Theater on San Francisco's Market Street as recently as last week, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the historic buildi...

When Professional Worlds Collide

George Heymont | Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

There is a point where a passion for one's work crosses over into workaholism. Much like someone with a substance abuse problem, the drive to get another "creative high" can keep an artist chasing after professional rewards while neglecting his personal relationships.

At A.C.T., The Family That Plays Together Doesn't Always Stay Together

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

"Home" is a loaded word. For many people it evokes memories of warmth, nostalgia, safety, and security. For others, the home in which they grew up may...

Sophocles' Elektra Staged at the Getty Villa

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The pursuit of justice is usually considered a noble aspiration. But what if that pursuit is tied to a grievance-driven, murderous obsession?