Cristofer Gross began reviewing theater in 2006. He launched, for which he is sole writer, in 2005 after leaving Orange County's South Coast Repertory, where he had been Public Relations Director since 1983. Prior to his 22 years in theater, he was an editor of a western regional inflight magazine based in Orange County, and before that co-editor of a biweekly music newspaper in Philadelphia, where he lived briefly after graduating from the University of Southern California's School of Journalism in 1975.



In the years before Jim Henson introduced his trash-talking muppet, the title of 'Oscar the Grouch' belonged solely to Oscar Levant, a top-tier concert pianist and familiar second-banana in films including An American in Paris, the Oscars' 1951 Best Picture. In the early days of television, he was known for an acerbic wit that cut through the frothy chatter of late night interviews and game show panels. full review...

MOBY DICK review


For 150 years, writers for the stage and then screen have sought to wrestle Herman Melville’s sprawling Moby-Dick into a two-hour play, film or opera. In 2015 Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company succeeded by energizing its storytelling by relying on stage techniques available when the book was published. full review...