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To Exhume or Not to Exhume

George Heymont | Posted 03.03.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Whenever the anniversary of a famous author's birth or death reaches a significant milestone, critics and creative types may stop, look back, and think about a particular artist's cultural contribution.

Another Gem From Marin Theatre Company in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 01.21.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Some of the plays combine the two, such as Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man (the company's third-best-selling production ever), Danai Gurira's The Convert, and Will Power's Fetch Clay, Make Man -- all extremely well done and well reviewed.

A Poignant Loss of Innocence

George Heymont | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Every child who comes into this world arrives in a state of helpless innocence. Unfortunately, there is no way of predicting how or when that child's idealism will be tarnished by reality.

Fools for Love

George Heymont | Posted 07.23.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether these pairings were deliberate or circumstantial, what made Schnitzler's play so interesting was that they included characters from a wide variety of social classes who were well aware of their station as well as their limitations.

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

George Heymont | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Directed by Mark Kenward, the performance that I attended at the 2014 San Francisco Fringe Festival of Caggiano's new monologue felt like a crash landing that kept passing through a series of green spotlights as it bumped and lurched down an ill-fated runway.

American Families in Crisis

George Heymont | Posted 09.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While each of these dramas deals with weighty issues, it's no surprise to hear the audience frequently laughing during the performance. Is it because one man's tragedy is another man's comedy? Or because human beings, in their most fallible moments, are a constant source of wonder and entertainment?

Papa, Can You Hear Me?

George Heymont | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I first saw Wilson's play during its 1987 pre-Broadway tryout at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco with James Earl Jones in the lead role. At the time, I found it difficult to appreciate Wilson's play.

A Woman Is a Sometime Thing

George Heymont | Posted 03.27.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

What struck me about these two musicals was how well, despite any perceived weaknesses, each show resonated with its audience. That's such an elusive quality for a new show to display and yet it was undeniable in performance.

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.

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.