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2000 Stories by Michael Scott Moore

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  • Guard Yourself

    published December 27, 2000

    Every few months, it seems, a lull in the cycle of new shows forces me out to a distant town for a musical. Last August it was In the... More >>

  • The Curtain Slowly Rises

    published December 20, 2000

    All Ellen Gavin wanted to do, five years ago, was find a larger home for her radical feminist theater company, More >>

  • The Hard Nut

    published December 20, 2000

    The girl -- let's call her Clara, although some versions call her Marie -- wanted to be a ballerina. Her mother asked the people at San Francisco... More >>

  • The Magic Flute

    published December 20, 2000

    "Ever since, as a boy," wrote Bernard Shaw, "I first breathed the air of the transcendental regions at a performance of Mozart's... More >>

  • Holy Madness

    published December 13, 2000

    It's hard to find anyone who doesn't like Frank Wortham. He's an underground phenomenon, which means that certain people will see his shows no... More >>

  • Hello, Dali

    published December 6, 2000

    Strangely enough, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot is not the first new play this year with a baroque title involving the name of... More >>

  • Popcorn

    published December 6, 2000

    After making a name for himself in England by writing TV shows like Blackadder, Ben Elton wrote a novel called Popcorn, satirizing... More >>

  • Sparkling Kitchen Sink

    published November 29, 2000

    Before Dinner With Friends starts at the Berkeley Rep, you sit... More >>

  • Bleak Desert House

    published November 22, 2000

    The celebrity in The Late Henry Moss whom no one mentions is the guy who wrote the score and sits to the right of the stage, strumming... More >>

  • Joe Louis Blues

    published November 22, 2000

    The mottled, brown wall of a nightclub office in 1930s Harlem looks solid enough, but a sharp spotlight reveals it to be a scrim, which lets us... More >>

  • Baby Jesus, Reborn

    published November 22, 2000

    Langston Hughes' Black Nativity is a "gospel song play," which means a brief play about the birth of Christ with a whole lot of... More >>

  • Our Bodies, Ourselves

    published November 15, 2000

    The Vagina MonologuesWritten and performed by Eve Ensler. Production supervised by Joe Mantello. Set by Loy Arcenas. Through Dec. 3 at the... More >>

  • Cleopatra, the Musical

    published November 15, 2000

    Is John Fisher trying to see how much half-baked silliness he can pass off before people get wise? Cleopatra, the Musical, his parody of... More >>

  • Mise-en-thrope

    published November 8, 2000

    The MisanthropeWritten by Molière. Directed by Carey Perloff. Produced by the American Conservatory Theater. Starring David Adkins,... More >>

  • Hamlet, the Melancholy Dame

    published November 8, 2000

    Through Nov. 18 at the Phoenix II Theater, 655 Geary (between Jones and Leavenworth), S.F. Admission is $10-18 (sliding scale, cash only); call... More >>

  • Bawdy Parts

    published November 1, 2000

    Lusty Liaisons: The Miller's, Reeve's, and Cook's TalesWritten by Geoffrey Chaucer. Translated by J.U. Nicholson. Directed by John Geist.... More >>

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    published November 1, 2000

    For reasons I doubt anyone can explain, the acting in this show seems to be split down the middle of the stage. As long as the action stays on the... More >>

  • Crushing Grapes

    published October 25, 2000

    Mexican and Central-American migrant workers have trudged to California for almost a century to pick vegetables and fruit; around Watsonville and... More >>

  • What a Little Moonlight Can't Do

    published October 18, 2000

    Last Planet Theater had just opened Harold Pinter's latest play, Moonlight, in a little space on top of Potrero Hill -- with the near-full... More >>

  • Hot 'n' Throbbing

    published October 18, 2000

    The play sounds like a porno spoof or some schlocky thing with naked men at Theater Rhino, but it happens to be an eerily serious treatment of... More >>

  • Drowning in Water

    published October 11, 2000

    At the risk of repeating myself, why don't I review The Water Engine and Mr. Happiness again? The Actors Theater mounted these... More >>

  • Modern Love

    published October 4, 2000

    The Philanderer at the Aurora gets off to a rocky start. The opening scene, with Leonard Charteris and Grace Tranfield on a sofa, "making... More >>

  • Short Stage Reviews

    published October 4, 2000

    "Sudden Pictures" Erica Essner has been floating in the early/midcareer choreographer's nether world at least since her first... More >>

  • Garden of Earthly Delights

    published September 27, 2000

    Under the lavish fabulism of the Berkeley Rep's Green Bird lies an irony that would confuse Carlo Gozzi. He wrote the play in 1765 as a... More >>

  • Short Stage Reviews

    published September 27, 2000

    The Illusion This production has nothing to do with the other Illusion that played a few months ago at New Langton... More >>

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