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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
  • Aristophanes vs. Rumsfeld - THAW and the Lysistrata Project's Anti-War Fare

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    Aristophanes vs. Rumsfeld - THAW and the Lysistrata Project's Anti-War Fare

    The mood is set with wild costumes and outlandish puppets; blood and gore and baby carriages; music, singing, and dancing. Impassioned speeches ring out over rapt crowds. The modern large-scale political rally, the major manifestation of the growing ...

    by Anya Kamenetz on February 25, 2003
  • Irish Lives and Livers - From Opposite Sides of a Small Island, Two Small Sad Plays

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    Irish Lives and Livers - From Opposite Sides of a Small Island, Two Small Sad Plays

    "What a foolish thing it is," said one of Bernard Shaw's characters, "to call people Irish because they live in Ireland. You might as well call them Airish because they live in air." Shaw, of course, was that typically Irish paradox, a Dublin Protest...

    by Michael Feingold on February 25, 2003
  • Theater

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    Theater

    Genets Court Gestures Anyone needing further proof that the current Off-Broadway theater scene is a timid place should go see The Blacks: A Clown Show at the Classical Theatre of Harlem and marvel that this starkly expressionistic, mind-fogging, a...

    on February 18, 2003
  • MOMA's Boys - Friendship + Rivalry = Great Radical Art

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    MOMA's Boys - Friendship + Rivalry = Great Radical Art

    The Museum of Modern Art is in the aesthetic equivalent of pig heaven. It's got its two main guys, its Mantle and Mays, its twin peaks going head to head, painting by painting, in its temporary digs in Queens. The total is more than a blockbuster, it...

    by Jerry Saltz on February 18, 2003
  • Home's Stead - Cult Classics, Not Bestsellers

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    Home's Stead - Cult Classics, Not Bestsellers

    Britain's punk plagiarist Stewart Home's early novels mixed the sex and violence of Richard Allen's '70s pulp fiction (Skinhead, Suedehead) with his own brand of Situationism. His best novel, Slow Death (1996), is a high-speed romp through the London...

    by Mary Jacobi on February 18, 2003
  • Good Things in Black Boxes - Humanity in Geometry, Hell in Miami, and Dancing With Shadows

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    Good Things in Black Boxes - Humanity in Geometry, Hell in Miami, and Dancing With Shadows

    In Jean-Paul Sartre's 1944 play No Exit, hell was a drawing room in which two women and a man replayed their wrangles for eternity. With a fine irony, Katie Workum and Leigh Garrett have made their hell a place some consider paradise: Miami Beach. Th...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 18, 2003
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    Razzle-Dazzle 'Em!

    What fun it must be to claim performers as resourceful and giving as Zvi Gotheiner's troupe. Fun, too, to be part of ZviDance and make a huge, unique world in each piece. Two first-rate works in the Altogether Different series (Joyce Theater, January...

    by Eva Yaa Asantewaa on February 18, 2003
  • Article

    The Desk Set - Strange Things Grow in an Office Culture

    Has your job come to define your sense of self? Such is the problem for the trio of characters in Adam Bock's quirky comedy, The Typographer's Dream. Margaret, the typographer, sits at her desk, sandwiched between the desks of Annalise the geographer...

    by Charles McNulty on February 18, 2003
  • A Rumi of One’s Own - Novelist Pico Iyer Navigates the Spirit Level

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    A Rumi of Ones Own - Novelist Pico Iyer Navigates the Spirit Level

    The mystics of three religions leave their marks on the face of Granada. The Zohar, the central text of the Kabbalah, was written by one of the city's native sons, Moses de Leon. Granada's monasteries include one built by Saint John of the Cross, as ...

    by Jyoti Thottam on February 18, 2003
  • Article

    Divine Intervention - Exile on Poverty Street

    The air is thick with portent in Nigerian writer Helon Habila's stirring first novel, Waiting for an Angel. But how could it not be? In this tale set in Lagos during General Sani Abacha's military rule in the mid '90s, there's an edginess to every ac...

    by Anderson Tepper on February 18, 2003
  • Ambrose Bierce's Honest Engine - Mac Wellman Continues His Packed Season

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    Ambrose Bierce's Honest Engine - Mac Wellman Continues His Packed Season

    Set alongside other fiction about the Civil War, Ambrose Bierce's stories can seem brutal and terse, mocking the culture that romanticized the conflict and grew fat with pride. "Death upon a field of honor, yes," he writes in "One Kind of Officer," "...

    by Marc Robinson on February 18, 2003
  • Lonely Crowds - Two Shows About New Yorkers in Groups Suggest They Might Be Happier Left Alone

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    Lonely Crowds - Two Shows About New Yorkers in Groups Suggest They Might Be Happier Left Alone

    There is so much wonderful writing, and wonderful performing, in the 90 minutes of Michael John LaChiusa's Little Fish that the work's failure to make any overall effect is something of a puzzler. LaChiusa comes equipped with tremendous talents, whic...

    by Michael Feingold on February 18, 2003
  • The Doc Is In - PBS Tries to Stay King of the Real Reality TV

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    The Doc Is In - PBS Tries to Stay King of the Real Reality TV

    Documentaries used to be the film world's poor relationglamourless and terminally earnest, a noble but marginal pursuit. Like medicine or homework, they were good for you. These days, though, what was once confined to the fringes has moved into the ...

    by Joy Press on February 18, 2003
  • Sticks and Stones - Second Thoughts on a British Earthworker

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    Sticks and Stones - Second Thoughts on a British Earthworker

    Even considering the changing nature of one's tastethe ups, downs, insecurities, and inconsistencieswhen it comes to historical art, most of us know what we like and what we don't, and these things tend not to change much over time. Does one ever f...

    by Jerry Saltz on February 11, 2003
  • Article

    The View - Landscape, Secondhand and Otherwise

    The phrase "British landscape painting" is more likely to conjure Turner and Constable than any living artistunless its definition is expanded to include works like Richard Long's conceptual country walks and Damien Hirst's lamb in formaldehyde. So ...

    by Karen Rosenberg on February 11, 2003
  • All in the Feet - NYCB Revivals, Downtown Experiments

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    All in the Feet - NYCB Revivals, Downtown Experiments

    To see the revivals of Peter Martins's Eight Easy Pieces and Eight More during the New York City Ballet's winter season at the State Theater (through March 2) is to understand why George Balanchine believed in Martins's choreographic talent. These ar...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 11, 2003
  • Death Fugue - Paul Celan and the Art of Losing

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    Death Fugue - Paul Celan and the Art of Losing

    Categories are useful for critics, largely because locating a subject seems to provide a kind of order from which relationships can be developed. And they're at least as useful for editors, because space is limited, readers are a multifarious bunch, ...

    by Joshua Clover on February 11, 2003
  • The Tour de Rants - Brian Dykstra's Obsessive-Compulsive Delirium; a Morti Vizki U.S. Premiere

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    The Tour de Rants - Brian Dykstra's Obsessive-Compulsive Delirium; a Morti Vizki U.S. Premiere

    Brian Dykstra is working hard to turn ranting into a new genre, and if he succeeds comedy may not be safe. When his compulsive characters find the right words and rhythm, their verbal flights take off in psychological, political, and just plain patho...

    by Tom Sellar on February 11, 2003
  • Article

    Dance

    Flamenco Straight Courtly Juana Amaya and the 20-year-old Farruquito delighted and surprised at the Flamenco Festival's "Por Derecho" program (City Center, February 2), as their unadorned flamenco pulsed with joy. Popular notions of the form rely o...

    on February 11, 2003
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