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

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

SoundWalk Group is PUMPing Up Long Beach

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

Cowboy versus Samurai

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Contributor   If you’re of Asian descent, there are only two reasons you live among the 1,000 inhabitants of Breakneck, Wyo. — either you were adopted,

Jean Genet’s THE BALCONY @ the Garage Theatre

About halfway through opening night of the Garage Theatre's production of The Balcony, I was put in mind of a bit I particularly like from Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre's 1943 philosophical magnum opus. Sartre asks us imagine a waiter at a café, to examine his

MACBETH @ Shakespeare by the Sea

There's no denying that Macbeth is a tour de force of a treatise on ambition (one of the Bard's strongest subjects), and it has more than its fair share of brilliant lines. But despite its reputation, "the Scottish play" may be the most flawed of Shakespeare's serious (as opposed

FRIDA @ Long Beach Opera

When basing a work of art on historical figures or events, you should ask yourself: Would this be interesting if it were pure fiction? This must be an old adage, but it's not popular enough, because too often such works seem to lean on the crutch of audience familiarity, as if the fact tha

August Wilson’s FENCES @ Long Beach Playhouse

Fences is a puzzler. It's easy to understand the play itself, a relatively straightforward domestic drama set within the context of huddled masses of Black people still struggling to be free a century after the eradication of slavery. What I don't get is the hoopla, the accolades,

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