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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LA VOIX HUMAINE @ Long Beach Opera

The human voice is a compelling means of connection, especially when it's all you have left. That is the situation for Elle, the sole onstage character in La voix humaine, in relation to her cheri. Recently separated, he telephones her one last time to say goodbye and arr

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FALLUJAH — world premiere @ Long Beach Opera

We all know the broad strokes. After 9/11, the George W. Bush administration misled Congress into authorizing the Iraq War, one of the most ruinous missteps in American history, costing the U.S. over $2 trillion and claiming the lives of over 4,000 American troops. That's nothing, of cours

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DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY @ Little Fish Theatre

Like so many 1950s suburbanites, Herbert, Ethel, and their daughter Cindy like Ike, and—on the surface, at least—they revel in the predictable, button-down ethos is the rule in Orchard Grove. But three escaped convicts upset their domestic tranquility, raising questions about whether h

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OPALINE (A DELIRIUM FOR A PARCHED PLANET) @ the Garage Theatre (world premiere)

The world had to wait an extra half-hour to be introduced to Fengar Gael's Opaline (A Delirium for a Parched Planet). Technical difficulties, the two-dozen audience members were told. Life in a black box can be a challenge. The Garage Theatre has volunteered for a variety of ch

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RENT @ Cal State Long Beach

by Greggory Moore I may have been the only theatre critic in America who's almost totally unfamiliar with Rent. All I could have told you prior to now is that it was a big hit, has something to do with AIDS, and is parodied in Team America: World Police. No

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G.B. Shaw’s PYGMALION @ Long Beach Playhouse

You know the basics. Renowned phoneticist Henry Higgins makes a project of Eliza Doolittle: to transform a common cockney flower girl into a proper lllla-dy by dint of his power to shape her speech and manners. You probably got it through My Fair Lady, with the rain in S

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CLOSER THAN EVER @ International City Theatre

References to same-sex couples and DVRs aside, Closer Than Ever feels like it must have originated before Rodgers & Hammerstein. It's a 24-song musical revue loosely tied together by the theme of the romantic relationship, with little theatricality and not a little schmaltz

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Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE @ Long Beach Opera

Life is happy for Candide is Westphalia. He lives in the land's most beautiful castle, and his beloved Cunégonde has consented to be his wife. No wonder he is so willing to accept Dr. Pangloss's philosophy that this world is the best of all possible worlds. Little does Candide know that t

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Little Fish Theatre’s “Pick of the Vine”: Lite, Palatable Fare

As is tradition, the Little Fish Theatre opened its 14th season with "Pick of the Vine," an hors d'oeuvres platter of very short plays before the coming 10-course meal of full-lengths they will stage in 2016. They say it may be their regular patrons' favorite show. Judging by audience reac

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