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  • The Bride Wore Red


    The Bride Wore Red

    The shrew is a small, nasty animal of the rodent family, once common in some rural areas of England and New England; extending your hand toward it is not recommended, as its teeth are capable of slicing off a good chunk of human finger. How this unpl...

    by Michael Feingold on July 6, 1999
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    The bridges, lawns, and concrete paths of Fort Tryon Park may not much resemble the moors, heaths, and woods of medieval Scotland, but don't tell Gorilla Rep. The Downtown troupe, which has produced Shakespeare in a variety of parks for 10 years now...

    by Alexis Soloski on July 6, 1999
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    The Cut-Up

    Today's global village is one vast collage, in which weird juxtapositions and disjointed sensations arrive with the regularity of the morning paper. In this context, surrealism's orchestrated disruptions of everyday life can sometimes seem quaint...

    by Leslie Camhi on July 6, 1999
  • Resident Alien


    Resident Alien

    Rirkrit Tiravanija's art is like a fungus. As with mold, mildew, and mushrooms, it is parasitical, lacks the artistic equivalent of true chlorophyll, grows virtually anywhere, and is mysteriously beautiful. Tiravanija has insinuated his installation...

    by Jerry Saltz on July 6, 1999
  • Dishing It Out


    Dishing It Out

    Performance troupe Squonk's Bigsmorgasbordwunderwerk (P.S. 122) opens on all-you-can-eat night at the neighborhood buffet. Warily, a couple of would-be diners approach a banquet table that's wreathed in smoke. Atop the table lie four silver salvers, ...

    on July 6, 1999
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    The Executors Song

    If dead men tell no tales, they certainly don't finish novels, particularly those 40-odd years in the making. Suffice to say, all claims that the version of Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth cobbled together by literary executor John Callahan is Ellison's l...

    by Greg Tate on July 6, 1999
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    Shy Girl

    The jacket copy of Elizabeth Stark's first novel, Shy Girl, presents the author as a Bay Area native who "writes about the lesbian culture of San Francisco in a wry, winning fashion," and Stark's heroine, Alta Coral, as "a young woman confident, even...

    by Abby Frucht on July 6, 1999
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    Missing Persons

    It's hard to imagine the same universe produced two playwrights as seemingly opposed as Neil LaBute and Naomi Wallace. In this corner we have LaBute, a convert to Mormonism and Mametisms, whose three one-act plays just opened under the title Bash. La...

    by James Hannaham on July 6, 1999
  • Erotic City


    Erotic City

    Samuel R. Delany never ceases to surprise his readers, mainly because he writes astonishingly well about almost anything. Convinced that both "high" and "low" culture are equally valid as pedagogic tools, his two newest projects include a unified due...

    by Carol Cooper on July 6, 1999
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    It Takes Time

    Something very bad has happened. A few frisky peasant women in bright blue and white dresses have been caught knitting on the palace grounds, where needles are banned! It's Princess Aurora's 20th birthday, and should she prick her finger, a fairy's c...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 6, 1999
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    Bull Market

    The phrase suicide dive doesn't resonate well on Wall Street, where it evokes grisly images of the 1929 crash. It bugs Elizabeth Streb, too. It's an old gymnastics term, she says, and like much language about movement it reeks of cultural bias. "Som...

    by Christopher Reardon on July 6, 1999
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    Back to Basics - Pasta Pusher Thinks Big

    Basic movement," says Sal Anthony, Italian restaurateur and cofounder of Sal Anthony's Scheffel Hall Movement Salon, "is like Neapolitan cuisinea favorite staple around which all other dishes are built." Anthony, 59, was struggling to learn gymnasti...

    by Thad Dunning on June 29, 1999
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    Channeling Ancestors

    Call Him up! Call Him up! Tell Him what you want!" The throaty sound of the old black ring-shout rocks up from the pit of our bellies, aiming to get Jesusor whom everon the mainline. We are a newly forged community. Direct Energy instructor Reggie ...

    by Eva Yaa Asantewaa on June 29, 1999
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    Wary Traveler

    Once a violin prodigy, Israeli Zvi Gotheiner discovered dance and began seeing the world as a dancer and choreographer. Along with solid professional connections to both the U.S.A. and Israel came increasing awareness that he was not fully at home an...

    by Susan Reiter on June 29, 1999
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    Natural Born Shoppers

    If James Twitchell weren't a graceful, witty writer, his new book, Lead Us Into Temptation: The Triumph of American Materialism, would be excruciating. Twitchell, a professor of English and advertising at the University of Florida at Gainesville, se...

    by M.G. Lord on June 29, 1999
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    Circling the Drain

    There are few joys quite like writing that discovers new words for the mundane: the microwaved sandwich as "radiated," the "mouth [that is] a garnet slash of uneven lips," the subway that is "silver boxes...one strung to another like an enormous ca...

    by Touré on June 29, 1999
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    Double, Double

    Three facts of biography seem pertinent to Toba Khedoori's giant, space-filled drawings. First, she lives in Los Angeles, although she was born and raised in Australia. Second, she is an identical twin (her sister is Rachel Khedoori, an artist who al...

    by Jerry Saltz on June 29, 1999
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    Spirit World

    Since his last New York show, Jos Bedia's personal cosmography has grown increasingly complex. The Cuban-born artist has long studied indigenous faiths more as an acolyte than an anthropologist, always searching for shared traits. In Miami, his hom...

    by Grady T. Turner on June 29, 1999
  • Time Zoned - Robert Wilson's First New York Premiere in 15 Years


    Time Zoned - Robert Wilson's First New York Premiere in 15 Years

    Ask Robert Wilson if his latest creation, THE DAYS BEFORE, Death, Destruction, & Detroit III, is postmodern, and he laughs. Then the former Texan quips in a robust twang: "I don't even know what that word means. Today, everything's 'postmodern.' " M...

    by Rachel Shteir on June 29, 1999
  • Guilty Innocents


    Guilty Innocents

    Pedophiles have it hard. When they're not the subjects of moral outrage or legal pursuit, they're paralyzed by morality or disappointed by rejection. From Death in Venice to Lolita, sexual relations between adults and children just don't seem to work...

    by Daniel Handler on June 29, 1999
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