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“Ragtime”: Musical Theatre West Makes a Good Musical Great

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Even without having read E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel Ragtime, it's clear a lot falls through the cracks in the...

18th Annual “Pick of the Vine”: Lite Finish, Average Vintage

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call columnist It's a San Pedro tradition. Each January, Little Fish Theatre opens a new...

New “King Arthur”: Half Baroque, Half Contemporary Political Commentary, Mixed Results

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Don't know much about Henry Purcell's King Arthur? That's just as well for seeing Long Beach Opera's new, completely...

Brisk “A Christmas Carol” Good to Give Your Dickens Fix

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Before A Christmas Story, before the classic claymation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,...

“Holiday Inn” a Perfect Performance of Typical Irving Berlin

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Most movie musicals are adaptations of shows originating on the stage. Not so with Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. Written...

Youthful Cal Rep Movement Piece Doesn’t Deliver as Advertised

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call columnist Walk into a show with a title like MOVE: The History of a Hand, and the only thing you...

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” a Fine Sequel to “Pride and Prejudice”

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Exactly one year ago, Long Beach Playhouse was staging a superfine adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Now comes Miss...

New Theatre Company’s “Macbeth” Comes Up Short

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist; Photo by Steven L. Sears. Every time I go to the theatre, every single time, I very much hope...

“Operation Ajax” is an Uneven, but Engaging, Primer on the U.S. Meddlings in Iran

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Ask even passably educated Americans who Mohammad Mosaddegh is, and you're likely to receive a blank stare in return....

Good Acting and Staging Make “Mud” Work Despite Vagueness

Somewhere between Endgame and No Exit lies Mud, María Irene Fornés's dark, quirky meditation on the poor condition of the human soul. Or the...

Lack of Subtlety Leaves This “Othello” Feeling Dated Despite Contemporary Social Relevancy 

Over the past four centuries we've come a long way in our understanding of psychology, and audiences have become a lot more sophisticated ―...

“Beast on the Moon” Doesn’t Quite Earn Its Desired Emotional Impact

By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Can we ever fill the holes in our souls made by the murders of loved ones? That is the...

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