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It's About the Music, Stupid!

George Heymont | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With so many people listening to music through earbuds, I frequently wonder if any of them have a library of music resting within their memory that they can access without the help of an electronic device.

Comedy, Tonight!

George Heymont | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A popular show business axiom insists that "Dying is easy, comedy is hard." While any performer who has bombed onstage will quickly acknowledge this bitter truth, the bottom line is that comedy depends on good ideas and solid execution.

Tropical Heat Waves

George Heymont | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two recent productions set in vastly different island cultures told unique coming-of-age stories with the help of tribal gods, the cadences of native music, some convenient magical realism, and a long-established, intensely local tradition of ethnic dance.

In Pursuit of Magnificent Obsessions

George Heymont | Posted 05.22.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The winding path from curiosity to passion and onward to embracing a full-blown fetish is a very strange one. Sometimes a person's enthusiasm for a certain type of object is sparked by a gift, a novel idea, or a gateway experience.

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.

In Search of Fresh Holiday Fare

George Heymont | Posted 02.27.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

For some theatre companies, the challenge of the holiday season is to find a way to make an old story seem relevant to contemporary audiences. Two of 2013's Bay area productions (based on classic pieces of literature) offered audiences an unintentional opportunity to do just that.

A Musical Theater Startup Telling Bay Area Stories

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Developing and producing new musicals in San Francisco, as in many cities outside of New York, does not often happen without the support of the New York City theater scene.

Triumph of the Will

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

This year, two plays that received their world premieres from Bay Area theatre companies offered audiences remarkable performances built upon stories of distraction and disability.

Lie! Lie! My Darling

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Dialect plays a critical role in David Lindsay-Abaire's heart-rending dramedy, Good People. Set in South Boston, it captures the sound of New Englanders who have been stuck in a pocket of economic depression for years with little chance of finding a better life.

Putting Lipstick on a Pig

George Heymont | Posted 06.11.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The 500-pound gorilla in the room which nobody would discuss during the post-performance talkback was WHY anyone thought it was a good idea to update Oscar Wilde's 1895 classic to the 1960s.

You Can't Fix Stupid

George Heymont | Posted 06.16.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the most memorable characters in American literature is stupid in the oldest and truest sense of the word. Although he appears to be warm, human, and inhabits the body of a man, his mind and personality never progressed past childhood.

Basking in the Multiple Charms of The Secret Garden

George Heymont | Posted 02.11.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

If the crassness of the current social, political, and economic climate has you down in the dumps, I can't recommend a lovelier, more charming, experience.

Of Tempests and Teapots

George Heymont | Posted 11.04.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Two Bay area theatre companies are currently staging literary classics. One has put a daring new spin on a 400-year-old Shakespearean play; the other is staging a British adaptation of a beloved novel that is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its publication.

Painfully Awkward Situations On Stage & Screen

George Heymont | Posted 10.01.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Three new dramedies put the search for true love under a curious lens with appealing and often poignant results. Although each takes place in a different country, each is locked into a specific period in its local culture.

Twelve Months Til Christmas

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

For most people, the holiday season is over and done with. Christmas decorations have been put back into storage and the tree has been disposed of. But for arts entrepreneurs the situation is quite different.