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Joy Carlin

Humiliation, Family Style

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

As everyone knows, the 1960s was a time of great civil unrest, a subculture embracing hallucinogenic drugs, exuberant celebrations of free love and new music. However, at 1750 Stuart Street in Brooklyn, sounds of celebration and joy were few and far between.

Idealism, Truth and Family Values Collide in Revolution at Aurora

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.09.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

How's this for a theatrical rarity: a drama that's deeply steeped in politics in which leftists are portrayed as flawed, troubled people.

Dressed for Distress

George Heymont | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Often, when we envision a damsel in distress we imagine characters like the protagonist of the 1914 silent film serial entitled The Perils of Pauline, Lois Lane hoping to be rescued by Superman, or the beefy Belle Rosen demonstrating her swimming technique in 1972's The Poseidon Adventure.

That's NOT What Friends Are for

George Heymont | Posted 05.06.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new plays depict profound betrayals of a friend's trust. One focuses on male relationships, the other on female relationships. In one play, the betrayal is calculated, hypocritical, devastating, and unconscionable.

Aurora's Practical Heaven: A Flawed Look at Life, Issues in the 21st Century

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.07.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Playwright Anthony Clarvoe credits Anton Chekhov with providing much of the inspiration for his drama Our Practical Heaven, which is receiving its world premiere at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. It's doubtful that the Russian master would be flattered.

Women on the Verge

George Heymont | Posted 04.21.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Joy Carlin has directed the Bay area premiere of Body Awareness with a keen sensitivity to the kinds of remarks that can quickly escalate a misunderstanding to the point where two people might seem close to ending a relationship.