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  • Off Directing (Part Two) - Staging Makes War on Scripts, but What's the Battle About?

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    Off Directing (Part Two) - Staging Makes War on Scripts, but What's the Battle About?

    While I was writing, last week, of my problems with directing that ignores all the parameters of the text, this aesthetic issue moved into the courts: The estate of Sybil B. Harrington, one of the Metropolitan Opera's greatest benefactors, is suing t...

    by Michael Feingold on August 5, 2003
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    Booty Call - Dos and Donts, Past and Present

    From the original Manual of Style (1906): "About many matters in this world, grammar and logic included, there is abundant room for differences of opinion. Grant writers the privilege of preferring theirs to yours." 15th edition (2003): "Names ...

    by Jorge Morales on August 5, 2003
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    Listings

    ART Finding a masterpiece at the Met is like seeing a clown at the circusno revelation. But what exactly is it about a painting that qualifies it as a masterpiece? Technique? Beauty? Resonance? Is the very term masterpiece anachronistic? If so, t...

    on August 5, 2003
  • Gurley Talk - Rereading 'Sex and the Single Girl'

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    Gurley Talk - Rereading 'Sex and the Single Girl'

    Settling down with Helen Gurley Brown for an evening, via her 1962 exhortation to premarital gratification, Sex and the Single Girl, is much like sharing Thanksgiving dinner with a scandalously un-p.c. great aunt. A throwback to the days when men wer...

    by Caitlin Macy on July 29, 2003
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    Traci Elements - This Is Hardcore

    Erstwhile porn wunderkind Traci Lords's fuzzy new memoir brings to mind a remark from her fellow Cry-Baby thespian Patty Hearst: "I consider myself incredibly fortunate, even if I had to get kidnapped by terrorists to get my break." Like Hearst, who ...

    by Howard Hampton on July 29, 2003
  • A Foreign Affair - America in the Spotlight (and the Crosshairs) at the Whitney

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    A Foreign Affair - America in the Spotlight (and the Crosshairs) at the Whitney

    "This show doesn't suck," commented a fellow art writer with a smile of satisfaction on her face, as I stepped out of the elevator into "The American Effect." Call that an understatement. The Whitney Museum of American Art has strategically transcend...

    by Kim Levin on July 29, 2003
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    Deep Purple - Race Matters in New Books on Prince and Hendrix

    For those who were teenagers during the 1980s, Prince Rogers Nelson was the closest equivalent to the baby boomers' beloved Beatles this side of the whole hiphop cultural movement. Meeting Prince at Life in the late '90s, I thanked him for structurin...

    by Miles Marshall Lewis on July 29, 2003
  • Off Directing (Part I) - Cost-Cutting Tip for Theaters: Delete the Art That's Lost Its Meaning

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    Off Directing (Part I) - Cost-Cutting Tip for Theaters: Delete the Art That's Lost Its Meaning

    Because the Voice is changing its format later this month, this will be one of the last few times I'll have the space to discuss several productions together. I'd like to use the occasion, this week and next, to broach an unpleasant topic that's been...

    by Michael Feingold on July 29, 2003
  • Landscape Painting - Ideas Bred in China and Israel Coincide at Lincoln Center Festival

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    Landscape Painting - Ideas Bred in China and Israel Coincide at Lincoln Center Festival

    Even if you missed the large paintings hanging in the theater lobby, you'd guess that Chinese-born Shen Wei is a visual artist as well as a choreographer. The dances he showed at the Lincoln Center Festival are painterly in the extreme. Every gestu...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 29, 2003
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    Done and Undone

    In Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers' Beyond the Bones (Joyce Soho, June), we hear Lin collapse with an alarming thud in the aisle before we see hima ghoulish sight, laced in ropes and rags. Kori Darling performs a protean rebirth enactment, emerging vulnerable ...

    on July 29, 2003
  • You Call This a Town? - Finley's 9-11 Liza; Jordan's Search for Normalcy

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    You Call This a Town? - Finley's 9-11 Liza; Jordan's Search for Normalcy

    Surely The Village Voice could have found someone slightlywell, gayer to review Karen Finley's bizarro melding of Liza Minnelli tribute and 9-11 threnody, but perhaps the point is that we're all in this orange-alert craziness together, even those of...

    by Ed Park on July 29, 2003
  • The Afrobeat Generation - Finding Inspiration in an African Pop Icon

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    The Afrobeat Generation - Finding Inspiration in an African Pop Icon

    Nothing can be said about a performer posthumouslynot Elvis, not Hendrix, not even Kurt Cobainthat can capture the thrill of their live appearances or evoke the moment when their music coalesced with the zeitgeist. Words, photographs, albums, and v...

    by Barbara Pollack on July 22, 2003
  • The Music TV Wars - Reality Killed the Video Star

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    The Music TV Wars - Reality Killed the Video Star

    Maybe you've noticed a wall in your neighborhood plastered with posters of Sally Struthers. Or maybe her chubby face has beckoned to you from the side of a bus or phone booth. As usual, Sally's begging for help, but it's not on behalf of Save the Chi...

    by Joy Press on July 22, 2003
  • Auto Focus - Strange Ways, Here We Come

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    Auto Focus - Strange Ways, Here We Come

    "This is a murder mystery novel," announces 15-year-old Christopher Boone, the hero of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Since he is neurologically incapable of deceit, this is, like everything else he says, the trutha...

    by Dennis Lim on July 22, 2003
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    Don't Look Back - Shelter From the Samurai

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported that some lyrics in Bob Dylan's "Floater" (off his 2001 album "Love and Theft") bear striking similarities to lines in Junichi Saga's Confessions of a Yakuza (Kodansha, 253 pp., $11). But does the influence o...

    by Ed Park on July 22, 2003
  • Feet on the ground - Past Perfect; Future Up for Grabs

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    Feet on the ground - Past Perfect; Future Up for Grabs

    Butoh began in Japan at the end of the 1950s as outsider art; "Dance of Darkness," its creator Tatsumi Hijikata called it. His transgressive performances aimed to strip the body of refinement and cultivated expertise, purge the Japanese mind of Weste...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 22, 2003
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    Combinations

    Ballet Mestizo's Folkloric Fantasy 2 (Thalia Spanish Theatre, through August 3) blends the complexities of Colombia into a hearty sancocho of colors, rhythms, and sounds. The energetic troupe travels across the different regions of the countryfrom t...

    on July 22, 2003
  • Eternal Return - Alan Moore's Supreme Achievement

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    Eternal Return - Alan Moore's Supreme Achievement

    No art wears its disposability so lightly as the much maligned superhero comic. Month after month these comics appear with tawdry dependabilitynot unlike Sue Grafton novels or Fall albumsfor years on end. But while the life span of a superhero com...

    by Richard Gehr on July 22, 2003
  • SCUM Goddess - Who's the Villain? Who’s the Saint?

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    SCUM Goddess - Who's the Villain? Whos the Saint?

    At one time, Valerie Solanas seemed the feminist ghost least likely to rise from the grave. The one and only member of the Society for Cutting Up Men, she was just too mad and too bad. But less than 10 years after her death in 1988, this unlikely spe...

    by C. Carr on July 22, 2003
  • Family Feud(al) Obligations - Two Clans Dis Function; Two Directors Make It Work

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    Family Feud(al) Obligations - Two Clans Dis Function; Two Directors Make It Work

    "An unhappy family," said Tolstoy, "is unhappy after its own fashion." Was he talking about the art of the stage? Two unhappy families couldn't be less alike in their unhappiness than the contemporary Greek-Americans of Flesh and Blood and the 13th-c...

    by Michael Feingold on July 22, 2003
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