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2002 Stories by Michael Scott Moore

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  • Love and Its Illusions

    published December 24, 2002

    If Shakespeare had heard of California, he probably would have set a play there. He based The Tempest on early reports from the New World,... More >>

  • Magic Carpet Ride

    published December 18, 2002

    Kids these days have all sorts of distractions, as the press material for this show points out -- "computer games and videos, DVDs and the... More >>

  • Moonwatcher: A New Tale of Chelm for Chanukah

    published December 18, 2002

    The fools of Chelm, that mythical village of schlemiels somewhere in Eastern Europe, have been visited and revisited by Jewish writers, who keep... More >>

  • The Fisherman's Three Sons

    published December 18, 2002

    Hal Hughes tries to spin a play out of material that would make Joseph Campbell pee with delight. "The stories in The Fisherman's Three... More >>

  • Stillborn

    published December 11, 2002

    "Like most of [Edward] Albee's work," the critic Robert Brustein wrote last year, "The Play About the Baby is three parts charlatanism, two... More >>

  • The Time of Your Life

    published December 11, 2002

    William Saroyan had a taste for stories and plays about the average Joe, and The Time of Your Life is his epic. It clocks in at nearly... More >>

  • Dooley

    published December 11, 2002

    At the time of this eloquent one-act play, in 1956, Dr. Thomas Dooley was a rising public figure in the United States -- a young, well-decorated... More >>

  • She Stands Alone

    published December 4, 2002

    Most people know that the Hedwig phenomenon started as a play in Greenwich Village, but many wouldn't know, from the movie, that the person... More >>

  • Alarms & Excursions

    published December 4, 2002

    Michael Frayn's latest farce, after the dead-serious Copenhagen, is as shallow as it is witty. It starts like a simmering pot of water:... More >>

  • Varekai

    published December 4, 2002

    Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil's high-concept, animal-free circus has achieved the sort of arty snob appeal that can allow the set designer,... More >>

  • Read On

    published November 27, 2002

    Ever since the Ayatollah Khomeini heard about The Satanic Verses, and without reading the book laid a fatwa on the author's head in 1989,... More >>

  • The Color Blue

    published November 27, 2002

    Ruben Santiago-Hudson fancies himself a griot -- a storyteller in the African tradition who fosters the history of his village or tribe,... More >>

  • Working for the Mouse

    published November 27, 2002

    When he was young, for some reason, local playwright Trevor Allen wanted to be Peter Pan. He got a little older and realized that the best way to... More >>

  • The Color Blue

    published November 20, 2002

    Ruben Santiago-Hudson fancies himself a griot -- a storyteller in the African tradition who fosters the history of his village or tribe,... More >>

  • Show Ho

    published November 20, 2002

    Sara Moore is not just a former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus clown; she's also a one-time student of Camille Paglia, at the... More >>

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    published November 20, 2002

    Woman's Will, the Shakespeare company that brought you all-female versions of Hamlet and Pericles, Prince of Tyre, has shifted to... More >>

  • Of Vice and Men

    published November 13, 2002

    "Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise ...," as John Steinbeck wrote in Cannery Row, and Steinbeck... More >>

  • The Wind Cries Mary

    published November 13, 2002

    Eiko Hanabe, in Philip Kan Gotanda's new '60s play at the San Jose Rep, is a proper but frustrated woman with a scandalous past, caught between... More >>

  • Pleasant Confusion

    published November 6, 2002

    Naomi Iizuka's 17 Reasons (Why) reminds me in a funny way of The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. Spoon River is a... More >>

  • Ted Kaczynski Killed People With Bombs

    published November 6, 2002

    Michelle Carter's new headline play -- to follow up Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties -- treats Ted Kaczynski's life with a torrent of... More >>

  • "Hysterics"

    published November 6, 2002

    If Dan Carbone is our local Billy Bob Thornton, then Up From the Ground (his half of an event called "Hysterics") is his Sling Blade... More >>

  • Into the Light

    published October 30, 2002

    Larry Reed is the only director in the city who puts on shadow-puppet shows. In fact, he's one of the only people in the country who does... More >>

  • Shocktoberfest!!

    published October 30, 2002

    "I think we're the first theater company to put on this play, ever," says Daniel Zilber, introducing Thrillpeddlers' production of a one-act... More >>

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    published October 23, 2002

    Gosh, who doesn't like La Bohème? Baz Luhrmann's revival of his own, pre-Moulin Rouge version of the opera is a sweet... More >>

  • The Train Play

    published October 23, 2002

    Liz Duffy Adams was so full of ideas for The Train Play, apparently, that she couldn't keep the title down to a simple phrase. The show is... More >>

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