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    The Surreal Deal

    In his lifetime, Nesuhi Ertegun, a partner in Atlantic Records, rarely visited museums. "I don't like going places where there's nothing to buy," he reportedly remarked. His friend, French media mogul Daniel Filipacchi, went to the Louvre once and di...

    by Leslie Camhi on July 27, 1999
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    Looking Black

    Since the early 1980s, Keith Piper has brought an activist's social conscience to emerging media. In this retrospective, the 39-year- old British artist refreshes his output of collagistic videos, interactive CD-ROMs, and installations by remix...

    by Grady T. Turner on July 27, 1999
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    Complexity's Master - Merce Cunningham's 60 Years Onstage

    New York City awarded Merce Cunningham the Handel Medallion, its highest honor, at the July 21 opening gala of his company's New York State Theater season. It was the least we could do for a man who has altered our eyesight, our hearing, our ways of ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 27, 1999
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    Y2K Ballet

    If ballet doesn't evolve, it will die," James Canfield, artistic director of Portland's Oregon Ballet Theatre, likes to say. His 10-year-old company makes its New York debut at the Joyce Tuesday, with two programs. OBT's hard-driving, sexy, revved-u...

    by Martha Ullman West on July 27, 1999
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    Scotch on the Rocks

    Beware of a play that winds toward its ending with lines like: "Now we've both told the truth. Now we've judged each other right enough. For if I've failed at least I tried." Sharman Macdonald's The Bravewritten in 1988 and receiving its American pr...

    by Alisa Solomon on July 27, 1999
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    Pillow Talk

    Mommy, suburban-blond and cardiganed, lies curled up on the sofa. Daddy, just home from work, unburdens himself of briefcase and joins her. Daddy wants to play. "Once upon a time," he proclaims, "I was a star of the Russian ballet." After some prompt...

    on July 27, 1999
  • Suburban Blight

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    Suburban Blight

    When was the last time you read a story in which something good happened in the suburbs? It seems to be a common, almost universal, tactic in American literature to depict the suburbs as a duplicitous world where a safe, materialistic, blandly cheerf...

    by Judy Budnitz on July 27, 1999
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    The Big Con

    Out of print for three decades, David Maurer's legendary 1940 excavation of the con artist's world has been reprinted with a zippy new introduction courtesy of Luc Sante, who's prowled these same alleys with distinction. Fortunately, it hasn't dated ...

    by Jesse Berrett on July 27, 1999
  • Self Exposure

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    Self Exposure

    Anyone picking up Erwin Blumenfeld's eccentric, absorbing autobiography expecting an insider's view of the fashion business in the '40s and '50s will be disappointed by its lack of dishy gossip. Though Blumenfeld aims some corrosive barbs at his coll...

    by Vince Aletti on July 27, 1999
  • Shaw Thing

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    Shaw Thing

    When George Bernard Shaw first wrote to Beatrice Stella Campbell, to announce that he had written a new play Pygmalion with a role for her as "an East End dona with three ostrich feathers in her hair," they had already been taking guarded notice o...

    by Michael Feingold on July 27, 1999
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    FunBox2000

    Faux-Real Theater's FunBox2000 is built on the premise that the late-night crowd wants to get involved. But while billed as an interactive journey through the senses, this intentionally fragmentary production fails to follow through on its invita...

    by Drew Pisarra on July 27, 1999
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    Romeo and Juliet

    In a back alleyway surrounded by fire escapes, treeless courtyards, and the blare of car radios, Shakespeare's ill-starred young lovers enact their ever-popular tragedy. Stylewise, this sexy, fairly straightforward Romeo and Juliet owes as much to W...

    by Charles McNulty on July 27, 1999
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    Victims of History

    In American society the Holocaust is far from a dimly recognized historical event. A rather shorthand version of it is so deeply rooted in our understanding of modern history that it is invoked to illustrate all sorts of moral "lessons," from the cul...

    by Allison Xantha Miller on July 20, 1999
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    English Muffing - London Theater Goes a Bit Crumby

    London Viewed from America, theater here seems a source of sure-bet plays and productions. Seen up close, the situation isn't so clear-cut. To the contrary, it's apparent that figurative tectonic plates are inexorably shifting. To wit (though wit m...

    by David Finkle on July 20, 1999
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    The Gothic Revival

    These are dark days for goths, what with the recent horrors of Littleton and the subsequent blame by association that trails those who traffic in what author Richard Davenport-Hines calls "dark powers, the lust for domination and inveterate cruelty."...

    by Elizabeth Hand on July 20, 1999
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    The Kind Im Likely To Get

    In his debut story collection, The Kind I'm Likely To Get, Ken Foster writes about people who, like Ruth in the story "Happy People," expect "very little, because there were times, when she was young, when she'd expected too muchand from all the wro...

    by John Freeman on July 20, 1999
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    Bridging the Century - Four Hundred Years Make a Difference

    Among The Peony Pavilion's 55 scenes, one of the sweetest is surely "Making Love With a Ghost." The highly corporeal spirit of a Chinese lady, released from Hell, finds the lover she has met only in dreams. Like its heroine, the Ming-dynasty Kunju op...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 20, 1999
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    Octogenarian

    Almost 60 years ago, Merce Cunningham stepped onstage as the second male dancer ever in Martha Graham's company. The Lincoln Center Festival celebrates his career with four performances by his own troupe, at the New York State Theater Wednesday th...

    by John Kasdan on July 20, 1999
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    Chaos, Shmaos

    I wish I could tell you that Automatic Earth is a revelation, a timeless, haunting elegy to the state of mind we're living through here in the late-as-you-can-get 20th century. Heck, it's written in a slippery syntax that resembles the spontaneous bi...

    by Ed Morales on July 20, 1999
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    Mood Swings

    This is the season when the New York gallery scene breaks out in group shows. They come in all shapes and sizes, and with all manner of intent, agenda, and mission. Sometimes dealers want to remind us that their gallery is more than just the sum of i...

    by Jerry Saltz on July 20, 1999
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