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    Balanchine's Choice

    The 39th annual School of American Ballet Workshop Performances (Juilliard Theater, May) showcased choreographers admired by the illustrious academy's co-founder, George Balanchine. The program featured a bevy of accomplished under-21s in Fokine's rh...

    by Tobi Tobias on June 24, 2003
  • Don't Lick His Queen - The Lactose-Intolerant Detective; Trio's Honky-Tonk Blues

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    Don't Lick His Queen - The Lactose-Intolerant Detective; Trio's Honky-Tonk Blues

    In the old days, every good TV detective had a shtickIronside in his wheelchair, Kojak and his lollipop, Columbo with his rumpled raincoat and perpetual squint. Monk, just entering its second season on the USA Network, comes equipped with the perfec...

    by Joy Press on June 24, 2003
  • Next Stop Wonderland - Heidi Julavits's Sense and Sensibility

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    Next Stop Wonderland - Heidi Julavits's Sense and Sensibility

    Near the close of Heidi Julavits's The Effect of Living Backwards, the narrator, named Alice, muses, "Forge forward blindly, and you'll always have your hopeful fantasies to entertain you"a piece of advice this watchful pragmatist very seldom follow...

    by Jessica Winter on June 24, 2003
  • The Broom of the System - Give 'Em Hell, Harry!

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    The Broom of the System - Give 'Em Hell, Harry!

    Don't buy it! It fellates! No, actually there's nothing at all wrong with the new, better-tasting, sold-by-weight-not-volume fifth installment of the Greatest Story Ever Sold, but that won't cork up the obligatory grousing you'll hear, amid the other...

    by Michael Atkinson on June 24, 2003
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    O Cacohymnia! - From Bad to Verse

    Aspiring versifiers, put off afresh by the ego-shriveling brick of Lowell's Collected Poems, might well hie to the sublime haunts of The Stuffed Owl, a vintage anthology with enough bizarre invocations ("Mysterious Magnet!") toe-stubbing enjambments ...

    by Ed Park on June 24, 2003
  • Ancient Tragic Events - The Oldest Surviving Play Speaks, but Can It Still Sing?

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    Ancient Tragic Events - The Oldest Surviving Play Speaks, but Can It Still Sing?

    The Persians is probably the oldest surviving dramatic text in the world; the few earlier works we have in dialogue form, like the ancient Egyptian dialogue of a man with his ka or spiritual self, were almost certainly not meant to be staged. We know...

    by Michael Feingold on June 24, 2003
  • Ivo, Chekhov, No Nudes - Van Hove Tackles 'Three Sisters' at the Holland Festival

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    Ivo, Chekhov, No Nudes - Van Hove Tackles 'Three Sisters' at the Holland Festival

    AMSTERDAMLast year in Amsterdam, director Ivo van Hove staged the most sensuous, delicious play I've seen in a long time. The text of Con Amore was adapted from Monteverdi's 1622 opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea. For the set, Van Hove's regular desig...

    by Julie Phillips on June 24, 2003
  • Deft in Venice - What Does It Mean to Represent the U.S. at the Biennale?

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    Deft in Venice - What Does It Mean to Represent the U.S. at the Biennale?

    Like the ghost of Othello hovering overhead, a dazzling chandelier of jet-black, hand-blown glass fills the rotunda of the United States pavilion for Fred Wilson's installation, Speak of Me as I Am, at the 50th Venice Biennale (which opened to the pu...

    by Barbara Pollack on June 17, 2003
  • Social Studies - A City Streetscape, a Friendly Struggle, and a Spanish  Community

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    Social Studies - A City Streetscape, a Friendly Struggle, and a Spanish Community

    For reasons I won't go into, I'm sworn not to reveal the locale of SX Street, Magnetic Laboratorium's "interdisciplinary event." Suffice it to say that I enter the inconspicuous door of a Lower East Side loft building and take a seat in front of a la...

    by Deborah Jowitt on June 17, 2003
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    Size Matters

    Classical ballet, with its appetite for space and grandeur, calls for opera-house scale. Does that make the concept of chamber ballet a contradiction in terms? Two mini-troupes at the Kaye Playhouse in May argued persuasively that intimacy has its ow...

    by Tobi Tobias on June 17, 2003
  • Haunted By Bergman - A Great Director Makes an Old Play Walk Again

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    Haunted By Bergman - A Great Director Makes an Old Play Walk Again

    Naked we come into this world, and naked Oswald Alving leaves it in Ingmar Bergman's production of Ghosts. That this is Bergman's farewell production, his last work for stage or screen, is an adult sadness: The man is 85; he has earned the right to d...

    by Michael Feingold on June 17, 2003
  • Theater

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    Theater

    At the end of Keith Reddin's Can't Let Go, you're left wondering: Did the playwright start with the funny lip-synch routines, then write inane dialogue to string them together? Or did he insert the music bits to rescue his romantic comedy from its br...

    on June 17, 2003
  • Crime and Punishment - Taryn Simon Struggles With 'The Innocents'

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    Crime and Punishment - Taryn Simon Struggles With 'The Innocents'

    In a sense, Taryn Simon's photographs of "The Innocents," 44 men and one woman who were convicted and jailed for crimes they did not commit, are beyond criticism. Although they're considerably less interesting and less inventive than the fashion and ...

    by Vince Aletti on June 10, 2003
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    Bicentennial Man - How Emerson Can Change Your Life

    If the 200th anniversary of Ralph Waldo Emerson's birth (he was born May 25, 1803) is to prompt anything more than the sort of hollow obeisance that Emerson himself hated, it should offer the opportunity for new readers to discover his essential stra...

    by B. Kite on June 10, 2003
  • Heel Thyself - Saving Souls Through Fashion

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    Heel Thyself - Saving Souls Through Fashion

    First there was consciousness-raising, when women advocated group conversation as the key to finding ourselves. That idea dissolved into confession culturetherapy as a spectator sport, with televisual enablers like Oprah and Sally Jesse egging us on...

    by Joy Press on June 10, 2003
  • Points of View - Turmoil on Plazas, in Psyches, and in Your Lap

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    Points of View - Turmoil on Plazas, in Psyches, and in Your Lap

    What perceptual habits and inner turbulence affect our vision of one another? The brilliant, disturbing just two dancers, created and performed by John Jasperse and Juliette Mapp at Dance Theater Workshop last week, embroils the audience in these que...

    by Deborah Jowitt on June 10, 2003
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    Common Ground

    Since he relocated to New York three years ago, the German-born Johannes Wieland (Danspace Project, May) has developed a singular, striking body of work. Concise and abstract, though hinting at mood, situation, and relationships, his dances are visua...

    by Tobi Tobias on June 10, 2003
  • North to the Avant-Garde - The Festival de Théâtre des Amériques in Montreal

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    North to the Avant-Garde - The Festival de Thtre des Amriques in Montreal

    MONTREALA stolid North American city with a Gallic soul, Montreal enjoys its quiet reserve as much as its wildnessa combination that makes it one of the world's most popular cities for conventions and arts festivals. Apparently, the bare-all stripp...

    by Charles McNulty on June 10, 2003
  • Pleased to Meat Me - Matthew Derby's Memories of Love

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    Pleased to Meat Me - Matthew Derby's Memories of Love

    Like H.G. Wells's The Shape of Things to Come, Matthew Derby's wondrous debut collection of stories, Super Flat Times, imagines a history of the future. Wells's speculative treatisepublished in 1933 and narrated from the vantage of 2106 (the last re...

    by Dennis Lim on June 10, 2003
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    Avenging Angel - Frank Owen's Party Line

    Only a phalanx of cross-dressing divas at a Junior Vasquez birthday party could match the drama in Frank Owen's Clublandand then, only if there weren't enough (or far too many) drugs for the clamoring queens. The book revisits the early-'90s heyday ...

    by Bill Werde on June 10, 2003
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