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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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    Home Front

    Why don't those two Frenchmen move their big heads so a person can get a better look at that house with the half-inch-by-half-inch Plexiglas kitchen, and how about that two-inch powder blue acrylic swimming pool? There are just too many humans figh...

    by Toni Schlesinger on July 20, 1999
  • Foreman of the Board

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    Foreman of the Board

    While accepting the Best Play honors for Benita Canova and Pearls for Pigs at the 1997 Village Voice Obie Awards ceremony, Richard Foreman gave a rousing, Clifford Odetslike speech about the gravity of the current culture wars. There is a battle goi...

    on July 20, 1999
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    3 Virgins

    Once home to erotic dancers, Times Square's Show World is now pretty stripped itself. A wounded holdout, the onetime sex emporium has rented space to two theater companies in an effort to stay legal. The not-so-great Persecution of Arnold Petch jus...

    by Brian Parks on July 20, 1999
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    The Informer

    Begin by rereadingor reading, because you couldn't be bothered the first timethat gaudy subtitle. Think about it a little. Do those adjective-noun combos interest you? Do they interest you more than the long, defensive final clause puts you off? I ...

    by Robert Christgau on July 13, 1999
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    Rude America

    Mark Caldwell's book contains an inventory of riotous, boorish behavior, from Titanic passenger J. Bruce Ismay elbowing "his way into a lifeboat past women and children" to the United Airlines stewardess who was so rude that she drove an investment b...

    by David Bowman on July 13, 1999
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    Hot Springs - Diverse Summer Fare Hits City

    Could this be a Jewish wedding? Maybe. The crowd carries a man and a woman high on its shoulders. People kick up their heels while klezmer music wails its irresistible rhythms. But there's no "story," and the dancers are all Asian. No reason for su...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 13, 1999
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    Surprise?

    Pilobolus's principle that nothing is what it seems permeates Program A (one of three at the Joyce through July 30), working best in A Selection (a premiere by a collective of five choreographersRobby Barnett, Maurice Sendak, Michael Tracy, Jonathan...

    by Odile Joly on July 13, 1999
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    Drive Time

    Sometimes the art world resembles a freeway where the artists are cars. There are on ramps and off ramps; vehicles are constantly entering and exiting. Once merged they move at speeds ranging from cautious to reckless, changing lanes continuously or ...

    by Jerry Saltz on July 13, 1999
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    Twofer

    Even though most of John Armleder's and Sylvie Fleury's works are dated 1999, one immediately senses dj vu, mostly because this recapitulation comprises new versions of works produced throughout the '90s. Hallmarking this look at interlocking lei...

    by Sue Spaid on July 13, 1999
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    Garage Music - The Wooster Groups Emerging Artist Series

    Two black-lit paintings of staring cyclops hang suspended. On a video screen a tiny crown twists itself into words. A looped recording emits snippets of conversation, intercut with white noise. A man steps onstage. He plays a few notes on a harmonica...

    by Alexis Soloski on July 13, 1999
  • Cold Comfort

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    Cold Comfort

    In the opening moments of Uncle Vanya, the disaffected Doctor Astrov wonders, as Chekhov characters often do, "What are people going to say a hundred years from now? We're supposed to be paving the way for them. You think they'll admire us for the wa...

    by Alisa Solomon on July 13, 1999
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    The American Revolution

    Though history plays have never really been America's cup of tea, Kirk Wood Bromley has set himself the seemingly impossible task of writing a straightforward dramatic account of the American Revolution in verse! No, this is neither a case of lunat...

    by Charles McNulty on July 13, 1999
  • Erotic City

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    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
  • The Bride Wore Red

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    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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    Macbeth

    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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    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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