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  • 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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    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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