Bill Hyatt

Playwright, director and occasional actor

Bill Hyatt performing in THE BEAUTY OF GROWING OLDER

(The Coop Theater, West Los Angeles, 2006)

- Photo by Alex Moy

IT CAME FROM FUKUSHIMA
(Bill Hyatt, Playwright)

Published by FringeReview
Review web link: http://fringereview.co.uk/review/san-francisco-fringe/2016/it-came-from-fukushima/
Publish date: September 30, 2016
Review by Jo Tomalin







"A disheveled washed up Sam Spade type character called Ray talks to the audience in a somber lit office, when the latest news is projected on a large screen reporting about the Fukushima incident.

It turns out Ray is no longer working as a private detective because he has joined the ranks of the bloggers. He seems to be enjoying being a nondescript blogger with less stress – but now he has a drinking problem…. suddenly, a smart and classy lady, called Eugenia, interrupts him. She begs him to do one last job.

Gradually more characters emerge to take us on
a slick and humorous science fiction detective story set in the Bay Area. Lt. Martinez arrives chewing a tooth pick and wearing a black suit, the story unfolds at a fast pace – Science speak about ending diseases, a neuropathic prototype, Dr. Kurtz…where is Dr. Geiger? There is a monster?

Actually,
in between the well-timed humor there are deep seated environmental issues and serious provocations, so this is theatre that cleverly informs, which is always a good thing – and the characters are so interesting that the information and warnings are woven into the dialogue and visuals.

Written by Bill Hyatt and directed by Don Hardwick, the ensemble of excellent actors (Brian Levi, Melissa Quine, Miyoko Sakatani, Peter Allas, Melody Perera, Tom Bleecker, John Lennon Harrison), play several quick change characters, most are double cast, and they are equally energetic and convincing in each character. Stylish costumes of the characters include a lot of black, touches of black lace, green satin, the required of this genre trench coat, a white lab coat and a French beret.

Sound effects and several brief clips of breaking news punctuate the show, they all add to the build and intensity of the situation. There are some surprises, but I don’t want to divulge them here! Before the show Georgianna Kreiger plays a mean saxophone and evokes an atmosphere inside the darkly lit theatre.

In all, this is
an entertaining, well acted comedic show. It’s a very fast thought provoking hour!"




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HOW TO MAKE A VIDEO
(Bill Hyatt, Playwright)

Performed in the award-winning and TBA-recommended anthology:

SHEHEREZADE'S LAST TALES





Recipient:
TBA (THEATRE BAY AREA) AWARD:
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF AN
ANTHOLOGY


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HOW TO MAKE A VIDEO
(Bill Hyatt, Playwright)

 
reviewer: Barry David Horwitz, theatrestorm.com - Dec. 06, 2015

"In “How to Make a Video,” Bill Hyatt wittily explores the relations between a searching and pregnant young widow, Janie (Amber Glasgow), and her bitter mother-in-law,  Helen (AJ Davenport). The younger woman is trying to make a video of Helen for her child, but the grieving mother-in-law is not cooperating.
Hyatt gives us a fine emotional study of self-concern and soured family relations."

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CHRISTMAS IN CHECHNYA
(Bill Hyatt, Playwright)

 
Reviewing Publication: Backstage West - Feb. 4, 2003

Critics' Lists
 
"The following are individual critics' "best of" lists, minus Garland winners for whom they voted. ...
 
Dink O'Neal
PRODUCTION: Christmas in Chechnya ...
PLAYWRITING: Bill Hyatt, Christmas in Chechnya ...
DIRECTION: Dan Rosenblatt, Christmas in Chechnya ...
PERFORMANCE: 
Avner Garbi, Christmas in Chechnya... 
Corey Manuel, Christmas in Chechnya...
John Nielsen, Christmas in Chechnya...  
J. Marvin Solomon, Christmas in Chechnya"
 
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CHRISTMAS IN CHECHNYA
(Bill Hyatt, Playwright)
 
Reviewer: Dink O'Neal, Backstage West - Dec. 10, 2003
 

Bill Hyatt's Christmas in Chechnya, an unrelentingly harsh slice of inhumanity.  Set among a group of Russian soldiers, this depiction of man's descent from optimistic devotion through unwilling perversion into a void of feeling is not for the faint of heart. Director Dan Rosenblatt expertly crafts a disturbing view into souls both blackened by and combating hate.  Kudos to John Nielsen, Marvin Solomon, Corey Manuel, and Avner Garbi for bringing these characters so fully to life...”
 
Angels Unwrapped, presented by and at the Company of Angels
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BLESSINGS: AN EVENING OF TWO LEE BLESSING PLAYS
(Bill Hyatt, Director)
 
Backstage West - Feb. 21, 2001
 
BLESSINGS: AN EVENING OF TWO LEE BLESSING PLAYS
at the Angels Theatre
Reviewed by Adelina Anthony


"Down the Road and Riches by the prolific Lee Blessing are offered here as companion pieces, and they make a perfect match... Through the intense emotional lives of the Hennimans and the Riches, the playwright reminds us of the deep, hellish caverns of our souls. Not to worry, though, the night is far from esoteric; talented director Bill Hyatt and his ensemble mine these caverns for all of their dark and golden possibilities. Overall, it is a wonderfully disturbing night.  ...
 
...Hyatt shines here as a director with an ear for language: The musicality of this piece is in perfect tempo, pitch, and rhythm, ..."
 
"Blessings: An Evening of Two Lee Blessing Plays," presented by the Company of Angels at the Angels Theatre
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