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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VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE @ International City Theatre

I must be a very dour fellow. There I was, sitting in the lovely Beverly O'Neill Theatre as a solid cast acted out the 2013 Tony-winner for Best Play on one of International City Theatre's typically fine sets, the audience around me awwwing with empathy and giggling with delight…and I fe

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN @ Long Beach Playhouse

There are people who will tell you we live in a post-racial society. We have a Black president, they say. All citizens—regardless of ethnic extraction—enjoy the same rights and freedoms. Minorities even get special treatment when it comes to college admission and all sorts of stuff. Th

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WHAT LOVE IS and THE UNCERTAINTY FILES (U.S. premieres) @ the Garage Theatre

I was surprised to find that Linda McLean is a playwright of some accomplishment, having written works for the BBC and serving as chairperson for Playwrights' Studio, Scotland between 2008­'15. I fully expected that the author What Love Is and The Uncertainty Files, two

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AMADEUS @ South Coast Repertory

When I first read Peter Shaffer's Equus, I was so enthralled that I ran out and rented Sidney Lumet's film adaptation. Although quite faithful to its source, I noted minor variations from the play—all of them improvements. And why not? It was Shaffer who wrote the screenplay, so

A Walk in the Woods
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A WALK IN THE WOODS @ International City Theatre

In the 1960s fear and ideology brought the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. perilously close to nuclear war. But rather than responding to such brinksmanship by backing away from the precipice, both countries responded by raising the stakes, building up their arsenals to the point of being able des

Table Manners-Little Fish Theatre
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TABLE MANNERS @ Little Fish Theatre

Although Annie is terribly fond of Tom, he seems to lack the courtship gene. As she confesses to sister-in-law Sarah during Table Manners's opening scene, her romantic frustrations with her would-be suitor led her to yield one night not so long ago to the dubious charms Norman, he

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OFFICE HOUR @ South Coast Repertory

If it walks like a future school shooter and talks like a future school shooter, should we treat it like a future school shooter? This is the starting point for Office Hour, essentially a one-act play portraying a professor's potentially pivotal office hour with a troubled studen

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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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