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The Revolution Will Not Be Compromised

George Heymont | Posted 04.03.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

In his recent Op-Ed piece for The New York Times, A.O. Scott explained why "Everybody's a Critic. And That's How It Should Be." Unfortunately, not all analyses of critical thinking as an art form and means of public engagement are as elegantly constructed as Scott's essay.

Is This for Real?

George Heymont | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Not only is storytelling a genuine art form, it's a lot harder than one might think. It requires skill with vocabulary, phrasing and a deep appreciation of the musicality of one's language. It requires a sense of drama, of make believe and, above all else, a deeply personal kind of buy-in from one's audience.

You've Got Me Under Your Spell

George Heymont | Posted 05.24.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Two productions new to San Francisco had that special aura about them: a piece of dance theater that attempted to retell a drama written by Sophocles in approximately 441 BC, and a contemporary drama which brilliantly demonstrated what happens when superb writing, directing, and acting combine to elevate a script into a miraculously poignant and deeply fulfilling event.

Despicable You

George Heymont | Posted 02.17.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

There's something about religious hypocrisy that is jaw-droppingly timeless in its newsworthiness. Among the news items to hit the fan in recent month...

Theatre of the Seriously Disturbed

George Heymont | Posted 02.06.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Why are some theatres like salad bars? The answer is simpler than you might expect. If you attend a production whose set is in full view as the audience enters the theatre, all kinds of possibilities come to mind before the performance actually begins.

Searching for the Missing LInk

George Heymont | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Those who live in a reality-based world understand that life's challenges tend to be more complex in nature.

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.