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Dearly Beloved

George Heymont | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It's tempting to paraphrase George Orwell by stating that "All artists are equal, but some artists are more equal than others."

After the News, the Solo Show: A Local San Francisco Murder Inspires an Artistic Response

Emil Guillermo | Posted 09.16.2014 | San Francisco
Emil Guillermo

I've been obsessed by my cousin Stephen's death since he was shot and killed in his South of Market apartment in San Francisco in May.

Inconvenient Truths

George Heymont | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

After too many instances in which "the system failed," one tires of wondering what could have possibly gone wrong and starts to examine how cruelly the system is rigged to protect some while exploiting the vulnerability of others.

Racing Against Time

George Heymont | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It's not exactly a secret. Timing is everything -- and time waits for no man. Whether someone is a handsome young rock star battling an addiction or an angry alte kocker trying to provoke a fellow geezer into playing one more game of King of the Mountain, the clock keeps ticking.

Turkey Lurkey Time

George Heymont | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Marga Gomez is back at The Marsh with a new one-woman show (her 10th). Unlike previous monologues which were primarily autobiographical, Lovebirds is a beautifully written piece of fiction whose protagonist is a photographer named Polaroid Phillie.

Finding the Funny

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two recent low-budget productions demonstrated the trickiness of trying to wrestle a complicated story filled with complex characters into a manageable format that can hold its audience's attention while keeping to a reasonable time frame.

These Artists Were Brought to You By the Letter "C"

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

As I struggled to find a link for two reviews, I noticed that two words which kept coming to mind shared the same first two letters ("C" and "H"). So I decided to look them both up on Wikipedia. The results were fascinating

My Bay Area Falls Arts Preview (Next Three Weeks)

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

In San Francisco, tradition has it that the fall arts season begins with the gala opening nights of the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera.

Suffer the Children

George Heymont | Posted 06.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Although the plots of many musicals have been built around love stories and comic devices, a growing number can be identified as "message" musicals.

Coming to America

George Heymont | Posted 12.27.2012 | Arts
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."

That Old-Time Religion Gets a Facelift

George Heymont | Posted 12.10.2012 | Arts
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 | Arts
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.

Bay Area Local Arts Tie-Ins

George Heymont | Posted 10.12.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Much of the evening's success is due to Wilma Bonet's performance as Vieja. Short, squat, and filled with foreboding, the emotional and dramatic power of Bonet's nurse make the self-satisfied machismo of Creon and Jason seem downright puny.

Charlie Varon's New Play Buffers in a YouTube Video Smackdown Between Ex-spouses

Erika Milvy | Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts
Erika Milvy

In FWD: Life Gone Viral, two of the four characters in this two-actor play are tiny flies on the wall -- spying on their exes. That is, they are spyin...

"Marga Gomez Is Not Getting Any Younger" Extended

Erika Milvy | Posted 12.24.2011 | San Francisco
Erika Milvy

Marga Gomez lies about composting and flossing, sure. But the chronically desperate, manic comedian is willing to go to even greater lengths to ward of the impression that she is getting older.

Clowning Around: The Circus of Life

George Heymont | Posted 06.14.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

With a musical score by Calexico, Circo is much less about fancy costumes and death-defying acrobatics than it is about dealing with the mud, grime, and family tensions of shlepping a small circus around Mexico.

It's the Most Dysfunctional Time of the Year!

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

2010-11-04-jaffa.jpg Jaffa is a taut drama that benefits from an extremely strong cast.

Getting Things Off Their Chest (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

As one experiences a series of solo performers delivering monologues, it becomes fairly easy to see which actors are secure in their material, which honestly love to work with an audience, and which are still developing their "sea legs."