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

AS ONE @ Long Beach Opera

Growing up as an unambiguously heterosexual cisgender male, I had the luxury of not being compelled to consider how I fit into any of these categories or how they set me up to fit into society. I did, however, wonder what it was like for others. The arts can be especially helpful for su

GOOD BOYS AND TRUE @ Cal Rep

When reviewing a play, I'm generally completely uninterested in knowing anything about the playwright's life. It doesn't really matter whether William Shakespeare or Christopher Marlowe or the Earl of Oxford wrote Hamlet, because the play's the thing. But after seeing Good Boy

UNCANNY VALLEY @ International City Theatre

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a staple of speculative fiction since the time of Alan Turing (b. 1912, d. 1954); and the closer we creep to realizing the possibility, the more timely it seems. But the downside for today's writers taking on the topic is two-fold: 1) there's an ever-l

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

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

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

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

A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY SPECIAL @ Little Fish Theatre

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

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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