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Adrift, Bothered and Bewildered

George Heymont | Posted 12.12.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The Late Wedding is frequently funny, disturbing, and poignant, but can also be confusing and lack focus. I would, however, urge people to see Chen's play for the opportunity to experience the stunning unit set designed by Melpomene Katakalos.

Who's Really on Top?

George Heymont | Posted 07.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new productions focus on what happens when the status quo (based on assumptions that rest on a foundation of male privilege) is undermined by women who are more intelligent, more complex, more aggressive and better at what they do than certain men in their lives.

Desperate Dykes and Dirty Politics

George Heymont | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two of 2013's Bay area productions dealt with self-serving politicians who would do whatever it takes to win an election and, by extension, the ruthless enablers who pave their way to public office.

Heaping Doses of Tough Love

George Heymont | Posted 07.21.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether one takes the dramatic or comedic approach, truth-telling is an acquired skill. Some people just blurt things out, failing to think before they speak. Others carefully mold and caress their thoughts into powerful intellectual weapons which can shatter brittle walls of pretense, denial, and ill-advised bravado.

Change Is the Only Constant

George Heymont | Posted 01.10.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The word zeitgeist frequently gets bandied about in Christopher Chen's new play, The Hundred Flowers Project, which received its world premiere a week before Election Day from the folks at Crowded Fire Theater Company.

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."

San Francisco's Magic Theatre Triumphs with the West Coast premiere of The Lily's Revenge

George Heymont | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

A gifted playwright and performer with a powerful voice in print and song, Taylor Mac's "rolling premiere" of The Lily's Revenge opened at the Magic Theatre last week and is, without doubt, cause for celebration.

Today's Pride and Prejudice: Racism All Around Us

George Heymont | Posted 06.04.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Gone are the days when old-fashioned epithets like "schwarzer," "spic," and "kike" were enough to get you thrown out of polite company. Now you really...

They Are Women, Hear Them Roar

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

I was intrigued by Symmetry Theatre's claim that fewer good roles are written for women, I found myself wondering if people might not be aware of the variety of plays that do indeed have meaty roles for female characters.