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Leonard Foglia

First Nighter: James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson Play 'The Gin Game'; Oren Safdie's Unseemly 'Unseamly'

David Finkle | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If you think you're about to hear anything critical of the two old pros James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in director Leonard Foglia's revival of D. L. Coburn's 1977 comedy, The Gin Game, at the Golden Theatre, you better think again.

Free To Be You and Me

George Heymont | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new documentaries focus on the power of the arts to inspire people in ways that have absolutely nothing to do with "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps." Instead, they show how the arts can give disadvantaged youth hope for brighter futures and more meaningful lives.

The Old Man and the Sea (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 11.21.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

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'Moby-Dick' Opens at San Francisco Opera: A Conversation With Composer Jake Heggie

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.09.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"I knew from the beginning Moby-Dick was a very good idea," said Jake Heggie during our recent interview. "Right from the start, people were a little stunned that we were taking it on."

The Powerful Appeal of Opera To Ethnic Communities (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, when a new musical based on the tales of Sholem Aleichem began its pre-Broadway tryout in Detroit, the producers feared the show might be "to...