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2003 Stories by Michael Scott Moore

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  • An Irreverent Death

    published December 24, 2003

    If Konstantin Stanislavsky is the grandfather of modern acting, Vsevolod Meyerhold is his upstart son -- a sort of Jung to the older man's Freud:... More >>

  • All in the Family

    published December 17, 2003

    A title like Triptych has the sound of a museum piece, a formal study in color and hue. In this case, though, it belongs to a new play by... More >>

  • Wintertime

    published December 17, 2003

    Charles Mee has mastered a playwriting formula all his own that mixes farce, theories of love, and the ancient Greeks. Wintertime throws in... More >>

  • A Christmas Carol

    published December 17, 2003

    A Christmas Carol has been a yearly tradition at ACT for over a quarter-century, and the cast is always so huge I'm inclined to rename it... More >>

  • Live to Tell

    published December 10, 2003

    Albert Camus' father was in favor of the death penalty until he saw it happen. In "Reflections on the Guillotine," Camus famously described his... More >>

  • Christmas With the Crawfords

    published December 10, 2003

    This trumped-up drag queen revue started as an underground San Francisco sensation in the early '90s and went on to play New York. It's back home... More >>

  • "Uncle Dickie's Wicked Little Christmas"

    published December 10, 2003

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  • The Force

    published December 3, 2003

    The hero of Kenneth Lonergan's painfully funny play is a security guard named Jeff, just bumped from the Navy, who watches the lobby of a... More >>

  • The Construction Cabaret

    published December 3, 2003

    Liebe Wetzel's found-object puppetry tends to be a family event, with skit after skit of funny items doing funny things, or else an oddly serious... More >>

  • The Pavilion

    published December 3, 2003

    A play about a 20-year class reunion may sound a bit, well, middle-aged, but Craig Wright shakes the old formulas like a doggy toy. Peter comes to... More >>

  • Politics Unusual

    published November 26, 2003

    The London critic Michael Billington once compared playwright David Edgar, flatteringly, to Balzac. He saw Edgar as "a secretary for our times,"... More >>

  • Barely Alive

    published November 19, 2003

    Athol Fugard is one of the reasons I became a theater critic. Getting to see a play by him once in a while -- to balance the lousy shows -- has... More >>

  • "ReOrient," Series 1

    published November 19, 2003

    Golden Thread's annual two-part festival of short plays from the Middle East seems obsessed this year (understandably) with war. Except for one... More >>

  • "ReOrient," Series 2

    published November 19, 2003

    The second night of ReOrient (on Fridays and Sundays) fares better: A solid, witty play by Israel Horovitz called Security shows a pair of... More >>

  • Good Godot

    published November 12, 2003

    American Conservatory Theater mounted a play last season called The Dazzle, about the eccentric brothers Collyer, who died in near-solitude... More >>

  • Mary's Wedding

    published November 12, 2003

    Stephen Massicotte's drama about a love affair during World War I plays as a single, intermissionless dream (literally -- Mary dreams the story on... More >>

  • You Should Be So Lucky

    published November 12, 2003

    This "contemporary Cinderella story" by Charles Busch about a gay electrologist who inherits $10 million from an older man under suspicious... More >>

  • Taut Dog

    published November 5, 2003

    "Dad told me once how come he named us Lincoln and Booth," says Lincoln to Booth in Suzan-Lori Parks' bare, suggestive play at the... More >>

  • Wheel of Fortune

    published November 5, 2003

    John Steppling has a reputation in L.A. as an edgy experimental playwright, but his newest script -- being world-premiered at Intersection for the... More >>

  • A Little Night Music

    published November 5, 2003

    Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's clever, lightsome take on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night has been re-set by Robert... More >>

  • New York Stories

    published October 29, 2003

    You might think, by glancing at their schedules, that two of the city's most consistent theater troupes have taken the autumn off. Word for Word... More >>

  • The Book of Liz

    published October 29, 2003

    David and Amy Sedaris' amusing play about an Amish-like woman called Elizabeth gets an appropriate Second City TV treatment from the... More >>

  • Blood Poet Lorca!

    published October 29, 2003

    Blech. More >>

  • Angels in Berlin

    published October 22, 2003

    The going line on Tony Kushner is that he's our generation's George Bernard Shaw -- "a gracious, slightly capricious, yet perennially outraged... More >>

  • Thursday

    published October 22, 2003

    Why is it called Thursday? That's the funniest mystery in Adam Bock's mysterious new play about a gay man snubbed by his boyfriend and a... More >>

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