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  • Love's Labour's Loud

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    Love's Labour's Loud

    Imagine if the original cast of the movie Fame decided in their heyday to present a pop-opera adaptation of Shakespeare's most beloved romantic tragedy. Think flamboyant urban costumes (nearly everyone has a boa), a lush rhythm-and-blues soundtrack, ...

    on June 22, 1999
  • Hostile Witness

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    Hostile Witness

    It's time to get angry again." So writes Germaine Greer in her introduction to The Whole Woman. She may have intended it as a wake-up call, but more than anything, this book appears to be Greer's bid to matter again. In 1970, The Female Eunuch made t...

    by Debbie Stoller on June 22, 1999
  • Sign Language

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    Sign Language

    The hero of Gemini, a Harvard undergrad in the early 1970s, is a Gemini the second act takes place on his birthday, June 2 who has a passionate attachment to a female classmate but is seized with panic because of his equally passionate attachment t...

    by Michael Feingold on June 22, 1999
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    Banjee

    In A.B. Lugo's sassy drama Banjee, you don't really get much more than its provocative naked-torso promo card promises: "Angel and Tony are young, tough . . . and for sale. Just don't tell their girlfriends." Treat it like you're watching a telenovel...

    by James Hannaham on June 22, 1999
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    All That Jazz

    Jazz and ballet are uneasy partners. Getting down isn't part of the classical lexicon. On NYCB's "Tri-bute to Ellington" program, Wynton Marsalis blows soul out his trumpet. His score for Peter Martins's 1993 Jazz is as rich as a cake laced with bour...

    by Deborah Jowitt on June 15, 1999
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    Dialed Down

    The company Elisa Monte started with David Brown in 1981 has finally added his name to its title, and several of his new dances to its roster. This is a good thing; his calmer style is a great counterpoint to hers. Monte launched her choreographic ca...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on June 15, 1999
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    Earth Mother

    On the phone from a retreat house in northern California, Anna Halprin tries to recall the last time she set foot in Manhattan. If memory serves, it was when she staged Parades and Changes at Hunter College in 1965. Daring for its time, the piece was...

    by Christopher Reardon on June 15, 1999
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    Danes Addiction

    For many directors, Hamlet represents a kind of Mount Everesta climb every bit as daunting as King Lear, though somehow a more necessary test of one's artistic mettle. No matter that the challenges of such a text are Herculean, starting with the que...

    by Charles McNulty on June 15, 1999
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    Pattern & Dissipation

    I am now going to beat a dead horse. What is a painting at its simplest? A surface with some kind of image or motif applied to it. Yes, I know you can cut holes in it, hang it from the ceiling, stick things on it, and push it toward sculpture; you ca...

    by Jerry Saltz on June 15, 1999
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    Photo Finish

    though Evelyne Daitz is fond of puns, this one was unintentional. When she named her early summer group show "Clothes Off," she didn't know it would also be the Witkin Gallery's closing exhibition. As Witkin's owner and director since the 1984 de...

    by Vince Aletti on June 15, 1999
  • Circus Catch

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    Circus Catch

    Amalia, a woman with no arms or legs, perches atop her pedestal, a coy smile playing upon her face. "You are wondering," she purrs, "if I've ever had sexual intercourse." Playwright Carson Kreitzer gets Freakshow (HERE) off to a ripping start. She ...

    on June 15, 1999
  • Paris Styles

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    Paris Styles

    I like to look at it." That was Gertrude Stein's reply, when asked what was so important about modern painting, and it's my first response to Gertrude and Alice, the Foundry Theatre's production of the piece Lola Pashalinski and her life-partner Lind...

    by Michael Feingold on June 15, 1999
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    Ron Link - 19401999

    Ronald Bruce Link so named by his mother after Ronald Colman and Bruce Cabot started out in theater as a stage manager for the Fantasticks, Little Mary Sunshine, and Leave It to Jane. I met him at a Village dive called Lenny's Hideaway, and later h...

    by Robert Heide on June 15, 1999
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    Naked Eye

    No one was more surprised than John O'Reilly when he found himself thrust into the muddied limelight of the 1995 Whitney Bienniala 65-year-old virtual unknown sharing space with art stars like Cindy Sherman, Brice Marden, Charles Ray, Nan Goldin, an...

    by Vince Aletti on June 8, 1999
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    Down New Roads - And the Message Is . . . ?

    What is How! Do! We! Do! all about? Jessye Norman sings and Bill T. Jones dances. Not exactly. It's about a great singer and a great dancer playing around together? Close; think some more. Two charismatic performers elegantly and evasively bring the...

    by Deborah Jowitt on June 8, 1999
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    Girl Groove

    Jordana Toback, who could pass for a brunette Janis Joplin, combines coruscating portraits of womenalone and in bawdy, blustering relationshipswith recordings by Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong, Jacques Brel, Errol Garner, Woody Guthrie, and Alice Dona....

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on June 8, 1999
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    Club Cortez

    There'll be dancing at Limelight, the controversial nightspot that reopened in December after a two-year hiatus. But this time the dancers will be professionals, with 100 seated customers watching (and standees lurking on catwalks). Cortez & Co. i...

    by Susan Reiter on June 8, 1999
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    Life After Wit - Director Derek Anson Jones Returns to MCC

    Sure, he won the 1999 Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Director, but Derek Anson Jones, the person most responsible for getting Wit onto the New York stage, hasn't received much attentionwell, compared to playwright Margaret Edson, who was given...

    by Francine Russo on June 8, 1999
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    My Dick Done Broke

    Take a Sam Shepard character (a gruff alcoholic in his early thirties who's lost his ability to "jazz it up with women"), place him in a Beckettian skit (i.e., make him crawl around, semiparalyzed, on a suspended platform as he carries on a mutte...

    by Charles McNulty on June 8, 1999
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    On the Bus

    You can't get much simpler than a humble man moved to tell a story by emotional events in his life. In Q-101 (Surf Reality), an hourlong monologue as casual as a bar conversation, Steven Tanenbaum recounts some of his experiences as a teacher at Rike...

    on June 8, 1999
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