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Theatre Rhinoceros

Another Opening, Another Show

George Heymont | Posted 04.29.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Bloggers and social media can create quite a brouhaha over matters of cultural significance. What sounded like a deafening chorus of back-seat drivers analyzing Into The Woods for its inherent sexism, racism, and/or casting choices revealed high levels of personal umbrage combined with an inability to handle cruel but basic truths.

OMG, That's So Gay!

George Heymont | Posted 03.13.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

The Bay area's oldest and largest gay theatre companies scored strongly last fall with shows that were custom made for gay audiences. One had previously been presented in 2012 at DIVAFest; the other was a raucous world premiere that made the most of a limited budget and the playwright's fertile imagination.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

George Heymont | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

When people think about artistic achievement, many focus on an individual's triumph in winning an award to recognize his talent. The truth is that the road leading up to that person's moment of glory was paved with the input of many others.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

George Heymont | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The truth, however, is that the road leading up to that person's moment of glory was paved with the input and contributions of many others.

Hoping For A Second Chance In Life

George Heymont | Posted 04.28.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Who among us hasn't thought of a pivotal moment in life for which he wished he had been granted a do-over? Who hasn't looked back in anger (or regret) and wished for a second chance that might have led to better results?

The Devil Is in the Details

George Heymont | Posted 11.21.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The moment in which a critical truth is revealed needs to be carefully placed for maximum impact. Several shorts presented this year by Frameline 37 and Theatre Rhinoceros show how the "reveal" may be acutely ironic and come out of left field.

Living Life on Their Own Terms

George Heymont | Posted 09.03.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Most people recall the phrase "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as they celebrate Independence Day. Some, however, think of what individual freedom means when it comes to defying the expectations of others.

This Is Your Life

George Heymont | Posted 03.13.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Aspiring writers are often encouraged to "write what you know." But when dramatists and screenwriters reach a certain level of success, they sometimes opt to vent their professional frustrations in a creative work that bears an uncanny resemblance to their personal lives.

John Fisher's SexRev -- Transforming Biography Into Farce

George Heymont | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

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Guns and Poses

George Heymont | Posted 08.23.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Two recent Bay Area productions placed guns in the hands of their actors. While the weapons they used may have shot blanks, their playwrights did not.

A Horn Pokes Prop 8 -- Theatre Secedes From California

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Phil Bronstein

San Francisco's Theatre Rhinoceros, which describes itself as "the world's oldest continuously producing professional queer theater," has seceded from California.