• “Shakespeare in Love” is Not Quite the Film, But It Works

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]That Shakespeare in Love takes place in the world of Elizabethan theater would seem to make a theatrical adaptation that much more apt. But when a film wins seven Oscars — including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay — how good does the play have to be not to suffer by comparison? The ans

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  • Perfect Pacing Makes Little Fish Theatre’s Annual “Pick of the Vine” Their Best Yet

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="18749" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Every January, Little Fish Theatre rings in a new season by offering “Pick of the Vine,” a program of short plays. This is my third year sampling the harvest, and this is easily the best I’v

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  • Elysium Boldly Goes Where Few Theater Companies Ever Go

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Anton Chekhov (d. 1904) occupies an odd historical space. During his lifetime he was on theater’s cutting edge with his idea of subtext, a convention that reflects the aspect of human interaction where what is happening emotionally is not always expli

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  • “Cabaret” Comes Up Musically Short

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Greggory Moore, Contributing Writer I’m not easily won over by musicals, which certainly didn’t dispose me to love Long Beach Playhouse’s production of Cabaret. On the other hand, I’d never seen any version of this Kander and Ebb classic

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  • Bureaucracy Beats All in “The Consul”

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As far as opera’s go, The Consul qualifies as modern. First performed in 1950, Gian Carlo Menotti’s bleaker-than-bleak tale of one woman’s struggle to escape her poor police state of a country

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  • 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 MachinalRead More

  • 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 an overstatement, of course, but less so than the wronghead

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  • 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 Appalachian gothic tale about a mountain-dwelling witch boy wh

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  • Cowboy versus Samurai

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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, or you wanted to start a new life after a bad experience in

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  • 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 particular little movements and expressions as he takes orde

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