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  • Untruths To Tell - Facing Reality, or Not, in Stand-Up and Hip-Hop

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    Untruths To Tell - Facing Reality, or Not, in Stand-Up and Hip-Hop

    "Realism has no more to do with reality than anything else," said sports novelist Hob Broun. Indeed, reality is notoriously meandering and ambiguousthe opposite of a well-made play. The playwright's job is to create works of art that ring true, or a...

    by James Hannaham on January 28, 2003
  • Stock Manipulations - Is It Reinventing, or Just Recycling?

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    Stock Manipulations - Is It Reinventing, or Just Recycling?

    A critic's an audience member, but is that all he or she is? That was the only question rattling through my mind as I watched the company that the Donmar Warehouse had assembled for Sam Mendes's farewell productions troop through its paces. Because i...

    by Michael Feingold on January 28, 2003
  • Wine, Spring Water, Tea - Journeys: on the Town, on His Own, Through Family History

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    Wine, Spring Water, Tea - Journeys: on the Town, on His Own, Through Family History

    Every once in a while, the New York City Ballet gets dolled up, as if to say to its loving audience, "Haven't we all had enough of tights and T-shirts and little tunics for a while? Hang the expense!" Peter Martins's Thou Swell is the company's sprin...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 21, 2003
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    Youth Movement

    Dancewave's Kids Company, invented and run by Diane Jacobowitz, has a unique mission. It selects, by audition, some 20 New York City youngsters between 11 and 18, gives them a couple of classes a week, and has them learn and perform the work of top-n...

    by Tobi Tobias on January 21, 2003
  • Rays of Light - Another Opening, Another 85 Shows

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    Rays of Light - Another Opening, Another 85 Shows

    From time to time the New York art world experiences what I call a harmonic convergencea day or week when a large cluster of exhibitions open. But convergences aren't just about numbers. Something else has to happen. A frisson of anticipation, emoti...

    by Jerry Saltz on January 21, 2003
  • Something Wilde - Will Self's New Dorian Meets Gray Expectations

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    Something Wilde - Will Self's New Dorian Meets Gray Expectations

    LONDONIn Will Self's latest novel, the bad boy of English letters transposes Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray to the late 20th century. But don't call it an adaptation, Self insists. Besides changing the cravats to Calvin Klein undies, he's ...

    by J.Y. Yeh on January 21, 2003
  • Privacy On Parade - Collapsable Giraffe and the Pleasures of Obfuscation

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    Privacy On Parade - Collapsable Giraffe and the Pleasures of Obfuscation

    To see Collapsable Giraffe's Meat Is Floating By is to be pleasantly reminded that American drama, for all its traditional sincerity and eagerness to please, has long cultivated a counter-tradition of withdrawal. Ever since O'Neill shrouded his first...

    by Marc Robinson on January 21, 2003
  • The Comedy of Cringe - Laughs and Humiliation, Courtesy of the BBC

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    The Comedy of Cringe - Laughs and Humiliation, Courtesy of the BBC

    The trouble with reality TV is that it's unreliable. The only way to guarantee a regular flow of money shotsthose embarrassing, undignified moments most people would rather keep privateis to script them. Hence the mini-genre of pseudo-reality TV, o...

    by Joy Press on January 21, 2003
  • Voices Carry - Olympia Vernon Bites the Fruit

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    Voices Carry - Olympia Vernon Bites the Fruit

    Olympia Vernon's first novel was called from her by angels. In the fall of 2001, when even the sky seemed to be falling, she sat typing for days on end, forgetting to eat, transcribing what her charactersstrong and mutilated, working and praying cit...

    by Anya Kamenetz on January 21, 2003
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    The Carson Show - Pages From a Cold Island

    It may be no coincidence that so many "reality" showsfrom Survivor to its reprehensible kiddy knockoff Enduranceuse remote islands as their milieu of choice. Sure, they're cheap and ready locations, but isn't it also that modernity leads us to iden...

    by Mark Holcomb on January 21, 2003
  • Shanghaied Gestures - Two New Shows Explore the Fun of What's Been Seen Before

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    Shanghaied Gestures - Two New Shows Explore the Fun of What's Been Seen Before

    You could almost analyze it as a matter of contrasting cultural heritages. Charles Busch and Richard Foreman, more than a generation apart in age, grew up on, and work in counterpoint to, the same kinds of theater, though their approaches are vastly ...

    by Michael Feingold on January 21, 2003
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    Dance

    The first installment in the "Dancer's Night Out" series (Dance Theater Workshop, November) showcased the work of Kimberly Bartosik, Richard Siegal, and Kathy Westwater. Both the bios of these dance makers and the solid craft of their pieces contrad...

    by Tobi Tobias on January 14, 2003
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    Theater

    The Yellow Peril New Yorker cartoon, serving as a "production note" in the program, shows a wife blithely asking her husband: "You haven't said anything for ten years. Is everything O.K.?" Trish Harnetiaux's charming, darkly comic Inside a Bigger B...

    on January 14, 2003
  • Mr. Coffee - Nicholson Baker Starts a Fire

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    Mr. Coffee - Nicholson Baker Starts a Fire

    Good morning, it's 4:12 a.m., and I'm rereading Nicholson Baker's hypnotic sixth novel, A Box of Matches, in front of a fire. "What you do first thing can influence your whole day," writes narrator Emmett, an editor of medical textbooks who lives i...

    by James Browning on January 14, 2003
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    Fortune's Child - The Arab Poet Lands in Paradise

    The most celebrated contemporary Arab poethe once drew 25,000 people to a readingthe 61-year-old Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish has been a bane to the Israeli authorities ever since, as an eight-year-old schoolboy, he read a poem of lamentation on the...

    by Luis H. Francia on January 14, 2003
  • Outside and In - Teenage Wasteland? Not in These Shows.

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    Outside and In - Teenage Wasteland? Not in These Shows.

    Growing up, Scott Hug probably wasn't too upset when his parents told him to go to his roomat least, if the room in question was anything like this one. Hug has transformed John Connelly's cozily proportioned Chelsea gallery into the definitive adol...

    by Karen Rosenberg on January 14, 2003
  • Stay Alive - •••  Gins and Arakawa vs. The Grim Reaper

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    Stay Alive - Gins and Arakawa vs. The Grim Reaper

    For the past few decades, artist-architects Madeline Gins and Arakawa have been saying that people do not have to die. They are, according to their latest manifesto, Architectural Body (University of Alabama), "unconditionally supportive of life." Un...

    by Aaron Kunin on January 14, 2003
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    Listings

    art Did you ever take a close look at the people who while the hours away, charcoal in hand, staring at museum walls? No, not the guys who silk-screen the wall-textthe sketchers, of course. Most somehow manage to ignore the throngs of visitor...

    on January 14, 2003
  • Like a Prayer - The Naked Ambition of Balthus

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    Like a Prayer - The Naked Ambition of Balthus

    Balthus knew how to arouse suspicion. Born in 1908 as Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, he specialized in portraits of newly pubescent girls in classic porn poses: crawling, bending, stretching, or, most often, sitting cluelessly with legs splayed. In hi...

    by Jori Finkel on January 14, 2003
  • Fear and Loving - Choreography Unspools in Two Downtown Series

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    Fear and Loving - Choreography Unspools in Two Downtown Series

    You don't want to go there. I don't mean that you shouldn't see Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner's Visible Content, the terrifying piece that opened Dance Theater Workshop's "Carnival" series (12 companies in rotation through March 30). I mean you n...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 14, 2003
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If you think those people in The Birds had it bad, just wait till you meet Frank, the nebbishy hero of Robin Frohardt's puppet play The Pigeoning. Now running at… More >>

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Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation

Gazing at Italian painter Nicola Samori's new work might bring to mind Auden's famous opening from "Musée des Beaux Arts": "About suffering, they were never wrong, the Old Masters." Think of… More >>

Performed in a Lounge, Play/Date Will Attempt to Set the Bar for Immersive Theater

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Jeff Koons Clowns Around the Whitney

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The Muscles in Our Toes is Too Much of a Stretch

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Benjamin Scheuer's Solo Musical The Lion Hums Along

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The Other Mozart Feels Like Edutainment

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