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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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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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Little Fish Theatre Gears Up for Big Season in the Small Pond of San Pedro

By most any measure, the Little Fish Theatre is small. It's a true black box, with only 65 seats. It's located in a community whose 12 square miles has the lowest population density of any part of Los Angeles. But this little theatre company isn't allowing such limitations to minimize i

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Does Long Beach Development Entail Loss of Amenities?

Nothing lasts forever. If you don't believe me, keep your eye on the former Will J. Reid Boy Scout Camp, as 11.5 acres of nature in the middle Nor

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Life Pays Off for the Man Who Chased the Money Fish

By Greggory Moore, Contributing Reporter John Cox navigated choppy seas from childhood to the premiere of his one-man show, The Money Fi$h, in Hollywood. But without the difficulties of the long voyage he never would have gotten at all. At 13, Cox was alread

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Long Beach Lands a Ringer for Uptown Renaissance

When I met Ryan Smolar 11 years ago, he seemed an unlikely candidate for the Long Beach connector extraordinaire he was to become, this 22-year-old computer nerd living in a studio apartment that might charitably be described as charmingly slovenly. But Smolar's irrepressible good nature,

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Two Men, One Kidney, and a Bond for Life

It was during a routine physical sometime around 1960 that the then-teenage David Braunstein was alerted to the fact that something was not quite right with his kidneys. His urine contained a bit too much protein, doctors told him. But he was a young man without symptoms, and it wasn't lik

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How a Little Long Beach Theatre Company Got to World Premiere a Tom Stoppard Play

Tom Stoppard has won more Tony Awards (four) than any playwright in history, and he got jobbed out of a fifth in 1995 when his Arcadia, the best play ever written, lost out to Terrence McNally's comparatively mediocre Love! Valour! Compassion! No doubt a certain subje

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