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Cultural Imperatives

George Heymont | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether one is searching for a window of opportunity, hoping to ride a groundswell of support, or participating in an established grassroots movement, the importance of seizing the moment and making the most of its potential can never be underestimated.

Solo Perduta Abbandonata!

George Heymont | Posted 07.02.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two recent stage productions introduced Bay area audiences to protagonists whose spiritual core was taken away from them by circumstances they could never have anticipated (much less mitigated).

What Fresh Hell Is This?

George Heymont | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new dramas offer stark and disturbing depictions of specific flavors of hell on earth that crush the soul and, on occasion, tear the body to shreds. Whether above ground or below, whether the battle is fought with guns and bombs or fear and manipulation, there are no winners.

Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

George Heymont | Posted 06.12.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some plays are well worth the wait, and I would definitely include The Lion and the Fox in that category. Because CentralWorks creates its plays using an extremely organic process that is guided by people who have worked together for nearly two decades.

Those Damned Exasperating Women!

George Heymont | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Last year, two small Berkeley theatre companies presented riveting dramas whose protagonists were fiercely determined women with clearly defined goals.

The Devil Is in the Details

George Heymont | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Just as some people believe that "size is everything," there are certain audiences who assume that the bigger and flashier the production placed before them, the greater its artistic value. Unfortunately, such is not always the case.

Chain Mail Is Back in Style (PHOTOS)

George Heymont | Posted 01.06.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Forget Dorothy Gale's awed amazement at encountering lions and tigers and bears. When you've got whips and chains, and Eleanor of Aquitaine at your fingertips, who could ask for anything more?