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  • Sunshine and Shadows - Old Master, Young Upstart

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    Sunshine and Shadows - Old Master, Young Upstart

    As usual, Paul Taylor's City Center season (through Sunday) entices us with vistas of heaven and hell. But part of what makes him a great choreographer is the curious little twists in his lyrical dances and the way his monsters tug at your heart. In ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 11, 2003
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    Keep the Old

    Like many choreographers of middling gifts, the pair who create the rep of Buglisi/Foreman Dance (Joyce, February 25 through March 2) come up with the same piece again and again. The results are sometimes compellingvivid and touching. The rest of th...

    by Tobi Tobias on March 11, 2003
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    Theater

    The Ring Cycle In writer-director Tory Vazquez's last play, The Florida Project, her roadside-attraction heroes grappled with vicious gators. In her current show, Wrestling Ladies (P.S.122), the opponents have moved up the evolutionary scale, but d...

    on March 11, 2003
  • Unfinished Euphonies - It's Writing for the Stage, but Is It Playwriting?

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    Unfinished Euphonies - It's Writing for the Stage, but Is It Playwriting?

    The people in Our Lady of 121st Street caught my interest early on, and they never stopped interesting me, albeit mildly. They never interested me more, and they never interested me less. When I left the Union Square Theatre about two hours later, no...

    by Michael Feingold on March 11, 2003
  • How to Write a Thriller, Post–9-11 - Publish and Perish

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    How to Write a Thriller, Post9-11 - Publish and Perish

    That was the thing about New Yorkif you loved it, if it worked for you, it ruined you for anyplace else in the world. Lawrence Block, Small Town With 8 million stories in the naked city, New York has inspired more books than any other Ameri...

    by J.Y. Yeh on March 4, 2003
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    Everyone Benefits

    Dance well and do good! Curator Marya Wethers's "Food for Thought" show, "Divercity" (Danspace Project, February), solicited food donations for an anti-hunger initiative while the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers (Theater for the New City) raised ...

    by Eva Yaa Asantewaa on March 4, 2003
  • More Than Meets the Eye - The Quiet Revolution of Carrie Mae Weems

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    More Than Meets the Eye - The Quiet Revolution of Carrie Mae Weems

    Five years ago, Carrie Mae Weems created an abbreviated world history of struggle in an installation called Ritual and Revolution. Printed on muslin banners were photos of serene landscapes and human chaos, dead palaces, Holocaust victims, a riot. ...

    by C. Carr on March 4, 2003
  • Colliding Worlds - Mapping States and Bodies

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    Colliding Worlds - Mapping States and Bodies

    I used to wish someone would give Twyla Tharp a good-sized company and a theater and a lot of money, so she could whip up marvelous dances year in and year out. Tharp hoped that, toomaybe still does. But she wants it allconcert dance, Broadway, mov...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 4, 2003
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    Making History - Two Photographers Shoot, Score

    The two photographers have nothing in common except current New York shows that have generated more than the usual amount of interest and discussion. One, Luc Delahaye, is a 40-year-old Paris-based photojournalist with the Magnum agency who has worke...

    by Vince Aletti on March 4, 2003
  • We're #2! - Howard's Professor of Desire; O'Hara Gets Skittish

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    We're #2! - Howard's Professor of Desire; O'Hara Gets Skittish

    The charm of the second-rate shouldn't be snubbed. Plays that comfortably do their job of gently stirring the emotions while raising a couple worthy thoughts are rare enough in a theatrical marketplace jam-packed with third- and fourth-rate goods. Br...

    by Charles McNulty on March 4, 2003
  • Through the Flames - HERE's Evil Grandmother; Dawn Akemi Saito's Elegy

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    Through the Flames - HERE's Evil Grandmother; Dawn Akemi Saito's Elegy

    It's the stuff of fairy tales. The finest artisans craft a human figure so beautiful that it makes onlookers breathless. But all their skill or wisdom cant make it breathe and live. The same might be said of the sumptuously mounted Erendira and Bloo...

    by Francine Russo on March 4, 2003
  • All About the Benjamins - The Bookworm and the Angel

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    All About the Benjamins - The Bookworm and the Angel

    Two aspects of Walter Benjamin face each other across a narrow, bottomless chasm: the all too human pursuer of meaningredemptionand his supernatural, Doppelgangland twin. Like a man with two left hands, on one we have the solitary intuitionist, heu...

    by Howard Hampton on March 4, 2003
  • The Art of Tragedy - What I Love About 'What I Loved'

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    The Art of Tragedy - What I Love About 'What I Loved'

    Too many novelists skim the surface of the New York art world: a decadent setting for parties and ready-made satire of all things faddish and fashionable. But Siri Hustvedt, who brought us The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, actually gets it. She gets the ...

    by Jori Finkel on March 4, 2003
  • The Rational Pastime - Greenberg Wins the Pennant; Haring Gets Marketed Again

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    The Rational Pastime - Greenberg Wins the Pennant; Haring Gets Marketed Again

    Like a team getting back into shape for a grueling season, Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, in its move to Broadway, has shed its excess weight, sharpened its reflexes, tightened its interplay, and worked out a nifty new set of signals. How odd that ...

    by Michael Feingold on March 4, 2003
  • The Axers of Evil - Pentagon Spokesman Jerry Bruckheimer; Buffy's Dread

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    The Axers of Evil - Pentagon Spokesman Jerry Bruckheimer; Buffy's Dread

    As if reality TV didn't have enough shame attached to it, some critics are condemning the genre as an embarrassing manifestation of national denialan attempt to drown out nagging thoughts of war and terrorism. I happen to think these shows are side ...

    by Joy Press on March 4, 2003
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    Dream Lovers - You're Not Even Looking at It

    Arthur Schnitzler's 1925 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story) was Stanley Kubrick's dream project, optioned by the director in 1970 and completed in 1999 just days before his death. Were the perfectionist Kubrick alive for the dismissive Eyes Wide Shut...

    by Mark Peranson on February 25, 2003
  • Greene’s Saucy Tabasco, Virgil's Pillow Fight - Five Days, Five Plays

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    Greenes Saucy Tabasco, Virgil's Pillow Fight - Five Days, Five Plays

    Around this time of year, fleeing New York becomes a fearsome temptation. With gray skies overhead and gray slush underfoot, those "Come to Jamaica" TV spots or U.S. Virgin Islands subway ads can take on a positively totemic significance. But if an a...

    by Alexis Soloski on February 25, 2003
  • Traveling Through - Clubs in Space and Dancing Beyond Death

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    Traveling Through - Clubs in Space and Dancing Beyond Death

    How comforting is this: David Neumann's weirdly witty Sentence was partly inspired by an eight-page Donald Barthelme sentence. I can forget "understanding," slouch in my seat at P.S.122 (where the work runs through March 2), and watch the bodies coll...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 25, 2003
  • Swept Away - On Still Being Smitten With Matthew Barney

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    Swept Away - On Still Being Smitten With Matthew Barney

    I'm not going to eat my words about the current state of the Guggenheim. Still, it's thrilling to be able to say an exhibition at this museum is terrific. Probably no other New York institution would give a 36-year-old American artist this kind of sp...

    by Jerry Saltz on February 25, 2003
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    Ballet by and for the Young

    Here on a visit, the senior students of Britain's Royal Ballet School showcased their talents and training (Kaye Playhouse, February). Compared with their counterparts at the Paris Opra Ballet School (seen earlier this season) and those of the Schoo...

    on February 25, 2003
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Five Decades of James Lee Byars's "Perf" on Display at MoMA PS1 Five Decades of James Lee Byars's "Perf" on Display at MoMA PS1

James Lee Byars was an artist possessed of certain elegance. He dressed impeccably in silk or linen suits, velvet or gold lamé, often custom-made by a tailor who called himself… More >>

And I and Silence Strikes a Too-Familiar Chord

In a month when American race relations appear to have reached a historic low, the subject matter of Naomi Wallace's And I and Silence — an interracial love story with… More >>

War Animals: Nancy Rubins Goes Once More Into the Playground

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Poor Behavior is a Moral Lecture Delivered by Terrible People

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Art for Film's Sake: Celluloid Characters, Real Paintings

In 1992, I owed a favor to a production designer in the film industry, and he asked me to create a series of paintings for the character of a penniless… More >>

The Maids Brings Downtown Theater to the Lincoln Center Festival

It seems fitting that any production of The Maids — the play that launched what came to be known as Theater of the Absurd — should be somewhat absurd itself.… More >>

Phoenix Is a Brittle Romantic Comedy Revived by the Rattlestick

When is a one-night stand not a one-night stand? When it leads to the abortion clinic. That is, according to Scott Organ's Phoenix, a brittle romantic comedy revived by the… More >>

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