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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.

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.

Getting Schooled

George Heymont | Posted 01.17.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

When teachers are graded on their performance, there is rarely enough time to assess the out-of-classroom impact they might have on students as a result of such intangible qualities as personality, patience, tone of voice, and willingness to listen.

Silence Is Not Always Golden

George Heymont | Posted 08.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A charming six-minute short film by Chaitanya Gopinath titled Lunch with Yoshi (which was screened during the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival) follows a blind woman around Bangkok as she shops, rides the city's mass transit, and prepares lunch for a visiting friend.

Agents of Change

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The 2013 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival included documentaries about two men with as much chutzpah as blood flowing through their veins. While not an international celebrity, each is a heroic figure in his own right.

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.

Beware Your Fantasy -- It Might Just Come True!

George Heymont | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Wishes form the foundation of fairy tales, romantic films, and idle fantasy. There are times, however, when one's innocent fantasies can go horribly wrong and what started out on such a promising note can evolve into a horrifying nightmare.

The Ghost Walks at Midnight

George Heymont | Posted 03.31.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

This month, the Berkeley Rep presented the regional premiere of Ghost Light, a fascinatingly messy and mesmerizing dramedy that becomes curiously courageous and cathartic as its protagonist bounces back and forth between moments of insight and intransigence.

Laying a Clear Dramatic Foundation

George Heymont | Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Each play took place in a very different time frame and was written by a playwright with a unique world view. Each was the work of an extremely prolific playwright.