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The Monster-Builder: Masterly Work By a Wicked Smart Playwright in Berkeley

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 12.15.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Her latest play, satiric, thought-provoking and very funny, considers human scale versus prize-winning buildings, pretension, preservation and power.

Vamping and Camping in the Grandest Style

George Heymont | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the great polymaths lost to the AIDS epidemic was playwright, director, cinephile, opera queen, filmmaker and actor Charles Ludlam. In 1967 (at the age of 24) he founded the Ridiculous Theatrical Company and, for two decades worked as its artistic director, scenic designer, resident playwright, and star, performing in a tiny basement theatre at One Sheridan Square.

Singular Sensations

George Heymont | Posted 07.12.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

On January 29, 1966, when Sweet Charity opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre, the song which became one of the show's biggest hits was "Big Spender." The number featured a lineup of bored, jaded, and cynical taxi dancers offering their bodies to prospective customers.

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

George Heymont | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Directed by Mark Kenward, the performance that I attended at the 2014 San Francisco Fringe Festival of Caggiano's new monologue felt like a crash landing that kept passing through a series of green spotlights as it bumped and lurched down an ill-fated runway.

Setting Up the Jokes for Maximum Effect

George Heymont | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Wardrobe malfunctions can be unsettling, hilarious, scary, or (in the case of Janet Jackson's 2004 half-time show at Superbowl XXXVIII), historic. However, when push comes to shove, if a comic element is involved, it helps to have the audience in on the joke.

British Wit and Wisdom: Dry With a Twist

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

In April 2010, the Library of Congress announced plans to archive every single tweet publicly posted on Twitter's social network. With nearly half a billion new tweets being generated each day, the Library of Congress can now access nearly 170 billion tweets. But do 140 characters of text comprise a work of art?

Here Comes Trouble!

George Heymont | Posted 01.28.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Much of the problem has to do with language. Bradley and his friends tend to use the word "freakin" about as often as many teenagers use the word "like." As everyone knows, if you say the word "f*ck" once, it can have a strong dramatic impact.