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San Francisco Fringe Festival

The Rocky Road to Self-Awareness

George Heymont | Posted 04.17.2015 | Home
George Heymont

Getting to know yourself better, deeper, and more intimately has fallen under all kinds of labels from meditation to masturbation, from navel gazing to spiritual grazing. The truth is, some people embrace self-examination while others are forced to confront themselves in a mirror.

Send in the Clowns

George Heymont | Posted 02.27.2015 | Home
George Heymont

Today, clowning has achieved a level of professionalism that could only have been dreamed of in the early days of vaudeville and touring circuses.

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

George Heymont | Posted 02.24.2015 | Home
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.

Theatre of the Seriously Disturbed

George Heymont | Posted 02.06.2015 | Home
George Heymont

Why are some theatres like salad bars? The answer is simpler than you might expect. If you attend a production whose set is in full view as the audience enters the theatre, all kinds of possibilities come to mind before the performance actually begins.

Service With A Snarl

George Heymont | Posted 05.10.2014 | Home
George Heymont

Each year, as I attend performances at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, I spot a series of attractions that share an unintentional common bond. 2013's theme was unmistakable.

Caught Off Guard

George Heymont | Posted 02.20.2014 | Home
George Heymont

It doesn't happen often, but on those rare and blessed occasions when it does, oddball works of art give a person multiple reasons to be grateful. These are situations in which one's expectations (large or small) are completely upended.

Let Them Entertain You

George Heymont | Posted 02.15.2014 | Home
George Heymont

The famous bond that develops between performers and their audience is often palpable. Yet, as much as they might love to be onstage, many a performer has made it clear that the reason they pursue an active private life is because "you can't take an audience home with you after the show."

Women on the Verge of a Psychotic Episode

George Heymont | Posted 02.13.2014 | Home
George Heymont

Two women, performing on opposite sides of the wall this fall, delivered monologues that were radically different in their displays of physical energy. Each dealt with some of the more curious aspects of being an introvert.

The Fine and Fragile Art of Storytelling

George Heymont | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
George Heymont

People often make the mistake of thinking that storytelling is something that comes naturally to everyone. Why? Because, as children, we listened to our parents read to us or tell us stories as a means of lulling us to sleep.

Humiliation, Family Style

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
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.

What A Difference An "A" Makes

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
George Heymont

Let's not kid ourselves. Proofreading is a bitch. No matter how many times I think I've caught any typos or grammatical errors before clicking the "P...

Life, and the Sexual Adventures of an Artist at Fringe Festival

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.09.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

With Held (the title is a pun both apt and suggestive) is the work of local playwright Jeremy Greco, who delivers a bravura take on the life and sexual adventures of his friend, the contemporary artist John Held Jr.

Who's Crazy Now?

George Heymont | Posted 12.31.2012 | Home
George Heymont

Which messenger from an alternate universe would you prefer to hear from? A ghost who walks at midnight or a suburban nut job who tried to assassinate the President of the United States?

Coming to America

George Heymont | Posted 12.27.2012 | Home
George Heymont

While many conservatives whine "I want my country back," they forget that America's strength has always been built on the backs of immigrants (like their very own ancestors). People from every corner of the globe have looked to America as "the land of opportunity."

When Virgins Decide

George Heymont | Posted 12.24.2012 | Home
George Heymont

This fall the San Francisco Opera revived its 1997 production of Rigoletto. Featuring Michael Yeargan's handsome sets (inspired by Giorgio de Chirico) and Constance Hoffman's impressive period costumes, the opera has been double cast to gain maximum stage time.

Musings, Music, and Monologues

George Heymont | Posted 12.20.2012 | Home
George Heymont

There I was, trying to find a hook that could unite my thoughts about curious solo turns when I came across a headline on The Huffington Post that screamed: "Watch: Justin Bieber Pukes Onstage."

Real Men Perform Monologues

George Heymont | Posted 12.13.2012 | Home
George Heymont

Three of the manly monologues performed at the 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival focused on masculinity issues that folks like Mitt Romney would much prefer to discuss "in quiet rooms" (if at all).

That Old-Time Religion Gets a Facelift

George Heymont | Posted 12.10.2012 | Home
George Heymont

The deftness with which Charley Lerrigo has turned the assumptions and expectations of contemporary Christians upside down and inside out is a joy to behold, not only for his theatrical craft but for his brilliant use of character development.

Wayne Harris Returns in Tyrone 'Shortleg' Johnson and Some White Boys

George Heymont | Posted 11.24.2012 | Home
George Heymont

The music's hot, Harris is in fine form, and many members of the audience will find it difficult to take their eyes off Jeremy Goodwin's silent, but riveting Baby Boy.

Musical Hijinks at the 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival

George Heymont | Posted 11.16.2012 | Home
George Heymont

Each year's San Francisco Fringe Festival is bound to contain a few surprises. Legacy of the Tiger Mother is an intriguing one-act musical by Angela Chan and Michael Manley that isn't afraid to grab a tiger mother by the tail and whirl her around in the air.

No, Seriously -- Send In The Clowns!

George Heymont | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home
George Heymont


The Shadow of Your Sib

George Heymont | Posted 01.14.2012 | Home
George Heymont

Much has been written about the care and nurturing of the gifted child. Far less advice is available on the care and nurturing of those children who perpetually stand in the shadow of a gifted child.

The Successful Monologist: Nature Versus Nurture?

George Heymont | Posted 12.31.2011 | Home
George Heymont

I recently watched two people perform monologues at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. While the quality of writing and subject matter varied, the success of each was determined within its first 60 seconds by the artist's confidence and personal charisma.

The Old Lady and the Book

George Heymont | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home
George Heymont

Two new dramas focus on the links between an old woman and a book. In each case, a younger man's interest in reading is the glue that holds the plot together.

Blood, Blood, Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

George Heymont | Posted 12.17.2011 | Home
George Heymont

Hamlet vs. Zombies offers audiences 90 minutes of inspired lunacy. I suspect this show will have a great future touring the college circuit and getting guest bookings with regional Fringe and Shakespeare festivals.