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June 29, 2007
'Love' is alive

Sacramento Bee file, 2005/Owen Brewer

Locally based playwright and composer Gregg Coffin reports that his musical comedy “Five Course Love” is alive and doing quite well - this time in Long Beach, with very strong reviews from the show’s opening last week.

The show was a hit here for the Sacramento Theatre Company in May of 2005.

“FCL” has now had nine productions, including stops in Rochester and Albany, N.Y.; Coral Gables and Key West, Fla.; Houston, Texas, and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Coffin says there will soon be a cast album, as well.

Coffin also wrote “Convenience,” which played at STC in 2004 and has had four other regional productions, including one he directed last year at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Though Gregg travels constantly, he says he’s happy at home here in Sacramento, working on his newest project, which he says centers around an Army wife and her husband, currently on tour in Iraq.

It’s called “rightnexttome” and workshops will take place in Kansas City, Mo., and Rochester, N.Y., in mid-September and mid-October leading up to a first production in Kansas City in late November.

Of that show, Gregg e-mails: “It’s usual m.o. Two actors, playing six characters. All about disconnection and crisis of one kind or another. Love and loss and the ghosts of things gone by, about what we will believe without any proof, and the longevity of some things and the brevity of others....”

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