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And You Think You've Got Problems!

George Heymont | Posted 03.20.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Perspective plays such an important role in our lives. Although the first optical microscopes were built in the early 17th century, it wasn't until th...

Beware the Squid Children of Cebu

George Heymont | Posted 12.06.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

When American Conservatory Theater first announced plans to renovate the Strand Theatre on Market Street, its Artistic Director, Carey Perloff, was bubbling over with ideas about what a second performance space could do for the company.

What Fresh Hell Is This?

George Heymont | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the joys of being able to see certain actors appear in various productions throughout the year on Bay area stages is that one gets a chance to appreciate their versatility. I have never seen San San José on fire with the intensity he brought to his portrayal of Segismundo.

Keeping Up Appearances

George Heymont | Posted 07.05.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

When one thinks back on some of history's greatest hoaxes, the first two that come to mind are usually the Trojan Horse and the creation of Potemkin villages. Both were brilliant projects conceived and executed on a grand scale with formidable results.

A Sense of Foreboding

George Heymont | Posted 06.18.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Three dramas playing out on Bay Area stages during May were notable for their sense of foreboding coupled with the audience's suspicion that no good deed would go unpunished.

Returning Power to the People

George Heymont | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

For many artists, the ability to see what others don't -- or can't see -- is what adds an element of humanity or depth to their work. For most people, 2 + 2 may equal 4. But for an artist, the result may be 4 plus a pink rhinoceros. Or a cupcake with day-glo icing.

Offering Solace to Strangers in Strange Lands

George Heymont | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Finding ways to communicate certain types of anguish to an audience is a constant challenge for playwrights and screenwriters.

Building Character

George Heymont | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Young actors may be more inclined toward portraying action adventure heroes or romantic leads. However, as an artist ages, their wrinkles, scars, and a certain kind of sadness in their eyes become unexpected and extremely powerful professional assets.