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Not the Usual Suspects

George Heymont | Posted 04.29.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

As one wades through the literature of theatre, it's easy to get used to characters who could be deemed "the usual suspects." Beginning in the 16th century, the commedia dell'arte created a group of stock characters that could be found in most of their comedies.

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.

Desperate Dykes and Dirty Politics

George Heymont | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two of 2013's Bay area productions dealt with self-serving politicians who would do whatever it takes to win an election and, by extension, the ruthless enablers who pave their way to public office.

Today's Pride and Prejudice: Racism All Around Us

George Heymont | Posted 06.04.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Gone are the days when old-fashioned epithets like "schwarzer," "spic," and "kike" were enough to get you thrown out of polite company. Now you really...