Greggory Moore

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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

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ROMEO AND JULIET @ Elysium Conservatory Theatre

I was not looking forward to this play. I don't love Shakespeare as I once did, and I never thought much of Romeo and Juliet. Yeah, he's a genius, and admittedly R&J is a great cautionary tale about the dangers of being swept away by immature passions. But three probl

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STUPID F*CKING BIRD @ the Garage Theatre

I like metafiction and various ways of playing with/against convention as much as the next guy—more, probably—but these are dangerous games when you're trying to get people to feel something. After all, the whole point of (for example) the alienation effect—a major component of Aaron

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Philip Glass’s THE PERFECT AMERICAN @ Long Beach Opera

Philip Glass just won't go away. That's a good thing. In this 21st century of ours opera needs a guy who can marry classical orchestral paradigms with the computer age, all strange loops and binary repetitions and cold confusing realities, some new to modernity, some as old as wishing upon

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MOBY DICK @ South Coast Repertory

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel everyone knows and almost no-one you know has read. But that doesn't stop us from thinking we know what it's about: obsession. Captain Ahab wants to get that big white whale to whom he lost a leg; but literature's most famous albino cetacean sta

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If you're an American over 30 (or maybe even younger), a wintertime staple as you came of age was the Christmas special. Your take on Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and various versions of Santa Claus—not to mention how the Peanuts gang celebrated the holiday—was i

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SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT @ International City Theatre

With Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe may have invented the genre of "realistic fiction," wherein a fabricated author delivers his autobiography. His work may have inspired real-life Louis de Rougemont to relate the Crusoean tale he published serially in The Wide Worl

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Arthur Miller’s A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE @ Cal Rep

Off the tops of their heads Gary Johnson and Jill Stein may not be able to name any world leaders they like, but I'll be they can name one Arthur Miller play. So can you. And it's not A View from the Bridge. Maybe it's time to change that, because despite its merits,

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RIP, Josh Fischel; or A Big Man Leaves a Big Hole Behind

I met Josh Fischel in early 2013. He died yesterday, September 29, 2016. No, that can't be right. That would mean everything I experienced of and with this man took place in less than four years. That can't be right. The first three things I learned about Josh were probably the first th

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EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL @ the Garage Theatre

A few years ago, the Garage Theatre put on Cannibal!: The Musical, a work loosely based on a disastrous 1874 prospecting expedition that resulted in Alferd Packer killing and eating the flesh of his fellow trekkers to survive. There may not be an unlikelier subject for a full-blow

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