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When a Body Needs a Body

George Heymont | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

"Have we got a corpse?" I suppose that's the first question asked in certain types of police procedurals. And, of corpse, if there is one, the next question is "Whodunit?" These questions and many more lie at the core of two recent Bay area premieres.

Beware Your Fantasy: It Might Just Come True!

George Heymont | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Fairy tales, short stories, and playlets have a way of infecting the imagination to produce new variations on age-old themes. In June, Wily West Productions joined forces with the Playwrights Center of San Francisco to present Sheherezade 14, an evening of short plays written by local playwrights and directed by Wesley Cayabyab and Amy Crumpacker.

First Nighter: 'Bauer' Is Marvelously Artistic About Art

David Finkle | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In the history of art, the importance of patrons has rarely been underestimated. The egregious result of Solomon Guggenheim's support for Rudolf Bauer is one of the most disturbing instances. In Bauer, it receives superlative treatment.

A Pair of Pitch Perfect Productions

George Heymont | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Earlier this year, two plays by two of Britain's most beloved playwrights were presented within a block and a half of each other in downtown San Francisco.

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.

Defying Reality On Stage

George Heymont | Posted 12.10.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Two small San Francisco theatre companies recently staged new works whose characters struggle to cope with parallel universes that defy reality. Though set nearly 100 years apart, each production delivers a healthy dose of shock, awe, and plain old stupefaction.