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Trapped within in the ironic predicament of wanting to know everything (more or less) while believing it may not be possible really to know anything at all, Greggory Moore is nonetheless dedicated to a life of study, be it of books, people, nature, or that slippery phenomenon we call the self. And from time to time he feels impelled to write a litt

Garcia Points to Construction as Emblematic of LB Progress

By Greggory Moore, Contributor Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s fourth State of the City speech delivered Jan. 9 to a packed house at the Terrace Theatre, stuck to his tried-and-true formula: a couple of mus

Perfect Pacing Makes Little Fish Theatre’s Annual “Pick of the Vine” Their Best Yet

Every January, Little Fish Theatre rings in a new season by offering “Pick of the Vine,” a program of short plays. This is my third

Elysium Boldly Goes Where Few Theater Companies Ever Go

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Anton Chekhov (d. 1904) occupies an odd historical space. During his lifetime he was on theater’s cutting edge with his idea of subtext, a convention that reflects the aspect of human interac

“Cabaret” Comes Up Musically Short

By Greggory Moore, Contributing Writer I’m not easily won over by musicals, which certainly didn’t dispose me to love Long Beach Playhouse’s production of Cabaret. On the other hand,

Bureaucracy Beats All in “The Consul”

As far as opera’s go, The Consul qualifies as modern. First performed in 1950, Gian Carlo Menotti’s bleaker-than-bleak tale of one wom

Hell Is the Modern World in “Machinal”

Sophie Treadwell’s expressionistic telling of one woman’s struggle to find her way in a world she experiences as mechanistically cold and condemningly absurd seems to spring from Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, and David Lynch. The fact that


By Greggory Moore, Contributing Writer On a temperate October night in 2013, the artist and curatorial collective called FLOOD transformed Long Beach’s East Village Arts District into an indoor and outdoor gallery of sound-a

Kill Climate Deniers

When the Messenger Wants to Shoot You

(If You’re a Climate Denier)

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist We all know that climate change is happening and that humans have a hand in it. “We all” is

DARK OF THE MOON @ Elysium Conservatory Theatre

A witch boy from the mountain came, A-pinin' to be human, Fer he had met the fairest gal A gal named Barbara Allen

The opening stanza of the "The Ballad of Barbara Allen" (more on which anon) sets the scene for Dark of the Moon, an Ap

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