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2004 Stories by Michael Scott Moore

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  • Market Economics

    published December 29, 2004

    "Reviving Market" has been a San Francisco opium dream for as long as the city's main street has felt sullen with strip joints and shuttered... More >>

  • Dining Out

    published December 29, 2004

    Stage critics are notorious louts. We say rude things; we don't dress up for opening night. Most of us make embarrassing dinner guests. But... More >>

  • Bring Us In

    published December 22, 2004

    Controversy is so rare on Broadway that some theatergoers forget that their overpriced tickets don't always entitle them to comfortable seats.... More >>

  • Literary Sampling

    published December 15, 2004

    The happiest game Tom Stoppard has played onstage may be Travesties, his 1974 blender-spin of 20th-century revolutionaries who all lived in... More >>

  • Our Town

    published December 15, 2004

    Thornton Wilder's folksy play about Grovers Corners (actually Peterborough), N.H., has a dark undertow of protest that makes it relevant in... More >>

  • Rush Limbaugh in Night School

    published December 15, 2004

    Charlie Varon has revived and revamped his hilarious 1994 solo tour de force, a satire that may owe more than a little to Tom Stoppard's... More >>

  • Watching Zora Neale

    published December 8, 2004

    Ever since Alice Walker found a certain unmarked grave in Florida 31 years ago, Zora Neale Hurston has enjoyed the sort of career that the... More >>

  • Pugilist Specialist

    published December 8, 2004

    The Berkeley-based Riot Group has been hiding from local audiences for the last few years, not just in La Val's Subterranean Theatre, but also in... More >>

  • Oy Vey in a Manger

    published December 8, 2004

    "Trampolina, you can't go around making comments about Hitler like that," says Winnie, the mainstay of the Kinsey Sicks, San Francisco's homegrown... More >>

  • Rent Controllers

    published December 1, 2004

    "I have a building over on Park," says Bill Hayes, a high-powered managing agent for exclusive Manhattan apartment buildings, who looks like a... More >>

  • "Significant Others"

    published December 1, 2004

    Tom Kelly's collection of five brief plays about gay relationships ranges from the depressive worldliness of a gay cruise, where a man almost... More >>

  • Energy and Grace

    published November 24, 2004

    The first time Mark Lundholm smacks his bald head on a light at one wing of the stage -- hard enough to make it rattle -- people gasp. The second... More >>

  • A Delight in Horrors

    published November 17, 2004

    Some shows are too spectacular and silly for a critic to touch. Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème was a good example. So was Moulin... More >>

  • Ben Franklin: Unplugged

    published November 17, 2004

    The thing about Josh Kornbluth is that he really does look like Ben Franklin: the longish hair, the glasses. One thing he learns, though -- during... More >>

  • Two Fools

    published November 17, 2004

    Gracie's a typical San Francisco lesbian. "I promised myself not to fall in love with someone who lives more than 45 minutes from my house by... More >>

  • The Real Fling

    published November 10, 2004

    René Augesen walks on as a London blonde in jeans and a trendy green coat, boots and a scarf, looking dangerously excited. "I'm in the mood... More >>

  • Fist of Roses

    published November 10, 2004

    Philip Kan Gotanda's new play is the latest and most abstract entry in the race for good "documentary theater," à la The Laramie... More >>

  • Pageant

    published November 10, 2004

    The only problem with a mock beauty pageant performed in drag by men in a gay theater, with real judges in the audience, to subvert the culture's... More >>

  • One Step Beyond

    published November 3, 2004

    Here's the point: When the brief, intense, intermissionless, odd, and in some ways very formal Eurydice ended on the night I attended at... More >>

  • "69 Stories: One Pervert's Tale" and "No Good Deed"

    published November 3, 2004

    Mollena Williams' first monologue, 69 Stories, started three years ago as a sort of pervert's confessional: Theater mixed with post-show... More >>

  • Train Stories

    published November 3, 2004

    Wayne Harris' terrific new one-man show at the Marsh deals with three characters on and around a Pullman car in the 1940s, who each tell fragments... More >>

  • Shock and Yawn

    published October 27, 2004

    The quaint Gothic horror plays classified as Grand Guignol started as ripped-from-the-headlines realism: Paris' Théâtre du... More >>

  • Buzz-Worthy

    published October 20, 2004

    William Golding's first novel, Lord of the Flies, tells the horrid little story of boys from an English boarding school whose plane crashes... More >>

  • The Producers

    published October 20, 2004

    Sure, it's Mel Brooks; sure, it started as a now-ancient film; and sure, taking it seriously just kills the fun. But The Producers feels... More >>

  • The Opposite of Sex

    published October 20, 2004

    "This part where I take the gun is, like, duh, important," Dedee Truitt informs the audience, near the start of The Opposite of Sex,... More >>

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