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1999 Stories by Michael Scott Moore

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  • Mad Poetry for All

    published December 29, 1999

    There's a good chance that people who normally visit theaters in San Francisco will notice the slim range of plays open in this dead week between... More >>

  • Sweet Millennial Cheer

    published December 22, 1999

    If I'm reading our general mood right, the 21st century is about to dawn in America with the same unfounded optimism that ushered in the 20th.... More >>

  • Wild Women

    published December 15, 1999

    Not even Tarantino can match the Greeks for brutal gore. Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, and the rest have an almost lurid taste for showing mangled... More >>

  • Stage Capsules

    published December 15, 1999

    A Black Nativity After years of holding off (and trying not to compete with the Allen Temple in Oakland, which performs it... More >>

  • Water Sports

    published December 8, 1999

    Putting the Metamorphoses onstage might sound like trying to mount the Divine Comedy or the Iliad: Fifteen chapters of... More >>

  • Stage Capsules

    published December 8, 1999

    Babes in Arms 42nd Street Moon's latest staged concert may have the best song score (by Rodgers & Hart) of any musical ever,... More >>

  • Radio Days

    published December 1, 1999

    For a while there, in the '30s and '40s, radio plays were big. You sat beside an enormous piece of walnut furniture with electronic guts and... More >>

  • Stage Capsules

    published December 1, 1999

    Dream Boy It seems likely that before Eric Rosen wrote the script for Dream Boy, he jotted down a list of items that... More >>

  • Dueling Tyros

    published November 24, 1999

    Last week saw a pair of major West Coast premieres by a pair of novice playwrights. Spring Storm, written by Tennessee Williams when he was... More >>

  • Game Theory

    published November 17, 1999

    Milan Kundera has a famous theory of the novel that imagines its history as an evolutionary tree, with important books like Ulysses at the... More >>

  • Stage Capsules

    published November 17, 1999

    New Wrinkles Morris Bobrow, Rita Abrams, and former Chron theater critic Gerald Nachman's new comedy revue about... More >>

  • Half a Loaf

    published November 10, 1999

    Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties sounds like an idea for a Saturday Night Live sketch, one that would be funny for only a few... More >>

  • Greensboro: A Documentary

    published November 3, 1999

    On Nov. 3, 1979, a day before Iranians stormed the American Embassy in Tehran, a handful of communist anti-Klan protesters had just begun a march... More >>

  • Panning for Gold

    published October 27, 1999

    Indigo Blues has the plot of a good folk song, like "Long Black Veil" or "Big Joe and Phantom 309." It's about a saxophonist named... More >>

  • The Living and the Dead

    published October 20, 1999

    George F. Walker's reputation is vast in Canada. "His work has been honored with six Chalmers Awards, five DORA Awards, and two Governor General's... More >>

  • The Crucifixion of Galilei

    published October 13, 1999

    A version of The Life of Galileo nine years ago, by the Berliner Ensemble in Germany, may stand as the best play I've ever seen. The Wall... More >>

  • Stage Capsule

    published October 13, 1999

    John Fisher's new historical farce is about a band of socialist-minded Jewish students in Poland who think that escaping to Russia during World... More >>

  • Let No One Deceive You

    published October 6, 1999

    "More perhaps than any other theater in America," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle in 1899, "the Tivoli made opera a democratic... More >>

  • The Quiet Storm

    published September 29, 1999

    The current Cal Shakes production of The Tempest lays a heavy emphasis on Prospero's magic, and the director's taste in supernatural... More >>

  • Shawn Behaving Badly

    published September 22, 1999

    The story goes that a little bald man who looked suspiciously like Wallace Shawn turned up an hour early for opening night of the first-ever... More >>

  • Stage Capsule

    published September 22, 1999

    Berkeley's Impact Theater has a self- conscious mission: to do live shows "for people of our own generation, born between roughly 1961 and 1981";... More >>

  • A Little Off the Side

    published September 8, 1999

    Every September, for the last eight years, the Exit Theater has been hosting a two-week tromp through the Tenderloin known as the Fringe... More >>

  • Sweet Bird of Youth

    published September 1, 1999

    When Cynthia Ozick writes, in her famous book-jacket blurb, that Alice Munro is "our Chekhov," she doesn't mean Munro's work will translate easily... More >>

  • Dramatic Emetic

    published September 1, 1999

    Wallace Shawn, it always seems necessary to explain, is the famous New Yorker editor William Shawn's son. He's also that short, whiny guy... More >>

  • Pilgrim's Progress Report

    published August 25, 1999

    For three years, Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. has been rehearsing and presenting The Canterbury Tales almost in order, one and sometimes two at a... More >>

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