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  • Our Century, Ourselves


    Our Century, Ourselves

    Millennial madness is loose in the land. The 20th century is about to become as remote as the 19th. The passing century is one that Henry Luce claimed as American in 1941. Regardless of your view of this presumption, no one country will own the next....

    by Jerry Saltz on May 4, 1999
  • Club Men


    Club Men

    "I'd like to bang her!" whoops Chickie at every alluring body he sees. This dapper womanizer is one of the five regulars at Bruce Graham's Belmont Avenue Social Club (INTAR), a surely crafted drama about a Bronx political clique. Nailing its denizen...

    on May 4, 1999
  • French Twists


    French Twists

    I didn't realize how trapped Broadway had been making me feel all year until the curtain went up on Jean Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon and I found myself in a place that wasn't London, Ireland, the deconstructed past, or the gray placeless present. I...

    by Michael Feingold on May 4, 1999
  • Article

    Hi, I'm Brittany, and I'm Rotting!

    Rachel Arieff, dressed in jeans and a hairnet, steps onto the stage and into character. "They should make a sitcom about my life!" she squeals. There was that hilarious time she spilled coffee all over her boss, and then that time she sat in cat pee,...

    by Alexis Soloski on May 4, 1999
  • Pennies From Hell


    Pennies From Hell

    Heading through Harlem in a LaGuardia-bound cab early one 1989 morning, Harvard urban anthropologist Katherine Newman did something remarkable. She observed the infamous neighborhood, symbolic of decline and hopelessness in the popular psyche, and le...

    by Debra Dickerson on May 4, 1999
  • Article

    He Bored

    Art history, like all histories, starts with gossip more nasty stories about powerful, important people. Matthew Collings, in It Hurts, clearly loves such stories. Unfortunately, repeating a mess of them is all he does. His book fails miserably beca...

    by Bill Arning on May 4, 1999
  • Article

    Voice Authors

    Voice Authors The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation By Karen Houppert Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 254 pp., $24 That time of the month. Your little friend. Ever notice how many euphemisms we have for menstruation? Karen Hou...

    by James Ledbetter on May 4, 1999
  • Article

    Last Call

    In Scott Organ's City (the Flea), five friends alternately nurse and exploit "the guy"a Buddha-bellied man one of them has accidentally hit with a truck. Though visibly uninjured, he lacks speech, affect, wallet, and name. Present in almost every sc...

    on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    War of the Wired

    In 1992, eight years after William Gibson published the first great cyberpunk novel, Neal Stephenson published the last one. Not much of an interval, really, as literary history goes, but as fin de millennium technological history goes, those eight y...

    by Julian Dibbell on April 27, 1999
  • International Male - John Jasperse Aces the Competition


    International Male - John Jasperse Aces the Competition

    At 35, John Jasperse may be the prodigal son of the American dance family. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College and performing with Lisa Kraus for two years, he left for Brussels in 1988 to dance with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's Rosas, commu...

    by Jessica Guarnaschelli on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    Bringing War Home - Chuma on the Beach

    Yoshiko Chuma's working life is an international conspiracy. Many of her grants and commissions involve cultural exchange; she depends on the overseas market for teaching and performing. In 1996, her performances in Japan outnumbered those in Americ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    Musical Health Plan

    The show doctor is in, and will take your cases one at a time, in order of urgency. I'm sure you've all filled out your insurance forms with the Group Sales officials at the front desk, so you'll be protected no matter how fatal the diagnosis. Please...

    by Michael Feingold on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    Dreaming in Cuban

    In an attempt to avoid the charmless effect of two consecutive one-person shows, the American Place Theatre has turned its performance space into a Cuban caf, complete with rice and beans, rum punch, and memorial altars for the evening's pieces. Int...

    by Ed Morales on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    Return of the Crow

    During the course of a bafflingly brutalizing interview, a young man meekly asserts that his questioners seem to be speaking not only in a "foreign tongue... but a language at some remove from those with which [he is] most familiar." Words like "roga...

    by Charles McNulty on April 27, 1999
  • Article


    What diva doesn't dream of playing the Greek leading ladiesthose lusty, bloody heroines and villainesses? A lucky girl may get to act a few of them in her career, but Cusi Cram does five a night in Euripidames, part of New Georges' "Watch This Space...

    by Alexis Soloski on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    Follow the Money - Dance in a Global Economy

    Public funds for dance depend on which way political winds are blowing. During the Cold War, Republican and Democratic administrations found it expedient to fund danceboth for international touring and domestic consumptionto demonstrate our artisti...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    Southern Exposure

    A tiny ad in the dance section of the April 6 Voice invites choreographers to "present their work in Austria, France, Guatemala, Lithuania." I call the number, which has a Kentucky area code. The application materials that arrive look like a package...

    by Chris Dohse on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    Missionaries Dancing for Democracy

    In 1965, as Congress battled over whether the country needed an arts endowment, two congressmen reportedly pranced down the corridors, arms around each other's waists, chanting, "Hooray! I'm a Performing Art!" The U.S. has a history of considering th...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    Some Words

    The title Some Words brings to mind John Ashbery's first book, Some Trees, but whereas Ashbery is arch, baroque, and whimsical, Bronk is somber, classically simple, gnomic: "To live without solace is possible because/solace is trivial: none is enough...

    by Thad Ziolkowski on April 27, 1999
  • Article

    Money Managers - Dance on the Trading Floor

    Economic crises ricochet around the world, making evident-for better or for worse-the interconnected marketplace. Dance is similarly global: American presenters import artists from many nations. Ballet dancers manage their own overseas tours. Compani...

    by Kate Mattingly on April 27, 1999
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Piece of His Heart: Bert Berns Is a Name You Need to Know

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Ever Hear the One About Hamlet's Mother?

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