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Happy Days Are Near Again

George Heymont | Posted 01.14.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

For people like Serial Mom's Beverly Sutphin, Labor Day may mean that white shoes are no longer in season. But for me, it's the start of the theatre season and a brand new supply of hope. Bottom line? Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

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.

In Praise of Musical Intelligence

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I'm old fashioned. I have deep respect and undying love for great songs. Some of them were written for Broadway shows; others to be performed at parties and in nightclubs. Some became popular over the radio or because they were included in beloved movie musicals.

The Inside Scoop

George Heymont | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

From psychics who claim to be communicating with the soul of the dead octopus to hucksters trying to establish whether Paul is an English or German citizen, The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus gives new meaning to Barnum's claim that "There's a sucker born every minute."

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.

Turkey-Lurkey Time

George Heymont | Posted 01.17.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

It doesn't have to be a dark and stormy night outside for a critic to wonder if reviewing the evening's performance will be a dark and dirty job. All kinds of questions run through a critic's mind as he sits through a less than thrilling night at the theatre.

Esprit de Corpse

George Heymont | Posted 12.07.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-10-07-heymont.jpg Every body needs a buddy. That buddy may come in the form of a coroner who is totally dedicated to his work or a mortician who loves the smell of formaldehyde.

The Brain From Spain

George Heymont | Posted 01.21.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Two recent productions examined how art is created through diametrically opposed techniques. In each case, the artist being showcased is of Spanish birth and international renown.

Mining The Golden Age: Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris'

George Heymont | Posted 08.06.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1982 (a year prior to his death), Lanfranco Rasponi published The Last Prima Donnas, a collection of interviews with female opera singers from the ...

Twelve Months Til Christmas

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

For most people, the holiday season is over and done with. Christmas decorations have been put back into storage and the tree has been disposed of. But for arts entrepreneurs the situation is quite different.