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  • Private Prisons

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    Private Prisons

    Thomas Lanier Williams had not yet become Tennessee Williams when he wrote Not About Nightingales in 193738, though he used the name when submitting a packet of plays that included it to the Group Theater, which sensibly awarded him $100 for his one...

    by Michael Feingold on March 2, 1999
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    Solomon Wins Nathan Award

    The Voice's Alisa Solomon has been awarded the 199798 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her book Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender, published by Routledge. She'll be honored at a reception on Monday, March 8, at P...

    on March 2, 1999
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    Blackburn Award Winners

    Playwright Jessica Goldberg has won first prize in the 21st annual Susan Smith Blackburn awards, for her play Refuge. The Blackburn prizes are awarded yearly to women who've written "works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre." Se...

    on March 2, 1999
  • Cult Club

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    Cult Club

    Perhaps it's the curse of the upstart artist: you start out all freaky and original, and end up covering the same terrain as the Eagles. Such is the case with gifted Portland, Oregon, writer Chuck Palahniuk. The message of his sophomore novel, Surviv...

    by Lily Burana on February 23, 1999
  • A Master's Legacy - NYCB Celebrates Jerome Robbins

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    A Master's Legacy - NYCB Celebrates Jerome Robbins

    It's no secret that Jerome Robbins was hard on dancers. To understand that he also loved them very much, you have only to watch the New York City Ballet performing his works during its Jerome Robbins Celebration, through Sunday at the New York State ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 23, 1999
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    Filmmaker

    Beginning March 2, the exemplary artistry of the Paul Taylor Dance Company will be on view at City Center. Starting the next day, discover what goes into creating and perfecting Taylor's work by heading to Film Forum, where Matthew Diamond's Dancema...

    by Susan Reiter on February 23, 1999
  • Invisible Cities

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    Invisible Cities

    The textual space of Berlin Alexanderplatz resembles a city." That's what the critic Harald Jhner says about Alfred Dblin's great 1929 novel. And so it does. Sir Peter Hall's Cities in Civilization is a vast city of the mind, a millennial exhibitio...

    by Iain Sinclair on February 23, 1999
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    More Bread or I'll Appear

    Emer Martin's second novel (after Breakfast in Babylon) begins in a hallucinogenic version of Frank McCourt's washed-out Ireland and winds up poolside in Hawaii, where a gay whiskey priest is recuperating after plastic surgery. In between Dublin and...

    by Jennifer Howard on February 23, 1999
  • Double Takes

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    Double Takes

    Plautus, Shakespeare, Goldoni, Anouilh: Everyone loves the confusion and the occult aura generated by identical twins. It took Paula Vogel, though, to see them as a perfect image for America's peculiarly schizophrenic culture. On its surface, The Min...

    by Michael Feingold on February 23, 1999
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    Paul Schmidt - 19341999

    I first met Paul Schmidt in 1992. He was going to translate Brecht's St. Joan of the Stockyards, which I would then direct at Yale Rep. His reputation was formidable, and I went with trepidation to his apartment, standing in front of his door for a m...

    by Liz Diamond on February 23, 1999
  • Sweet Talk

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    Sweet Talk

    Sentiment and edginess make strange bedfellows, whether they're shacking up in the run-down flats of Jonathan Harvey's '90s London or screwing in the tract house of Marlane Meyer's 1955 California. The measured doses of the two elements most likely t...

    by James Hannaham on February 23, 1999
  • After the Guru - Young Artists Confront Grotowski's Legacy

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    After the Guru - Young Artists Confront Grotowski's Legacy

    When theatrical visionary Jerzy Grotowski died last month at 65, he left a long and distinguished legacy. Obituaries lumped him with Stanislavsky and Brecht and likened the Polish director to a Zen master. For a generation of experimental theater art...

    by Stephen Nunns on February 23, 1999
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    Apply Polish Sparingly - Martha Graham's Heritage Strides On

    A matriarch dies, and an incomparable collection of silver and china passes to her devoted heirs. Some pieces are kept in exquisite order. Others somehow develop hairline cracks. A saucer goes missing. Harsh new polish destroys a spoon's patina. Addi...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 16, 1999
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    Uptown Girl

    Mia Michaels, whose company, Reality at Work, makes its New York debut Wednesday through Sunday at the Upper East Side's Playhouse 91, has choreographed for Prince, Gloria Estefan, and MTV's Hot Properties. Her dancers exude steely instead of noodly ...

    by Kate Mattingly on February 16, 1999
  • Pop Eyed

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    Pop Eyed

    Playing the fearless leader of a marauding gang, Stacie Hirsch screws up her face into a mask of comic ferocity. Her lipsa bright red pucker painted onto a background of whitetwist like telephone wire. Her eyebrowswrought-iron curlicues drawn onto...

    by Alisa Solomon on February 16, 1999
  • The Way We Were

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    The Way We Were

    I've never been much of a Jennifer Bartlett fan. Her work always seemed premiseless, muddy, and without vision; as an artist, she is more of a combiner, or an adept copyist, than a creator. Except for Rhapsody. Until last week, I only knew her epic u...

    by Jerry Saltz on February 16, 1999
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    Stitchcraft

    I don't much like my daughter sewing," the novelist Colette remarked. "She is silent, and shewhy not write down the word that frightens meshe is thinking." For centuries, needlework and knitting kept women's hands occupied while their minds worked ...

    by Leslie Camhi on February 16, 1999
  • Durable Goods

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    Durable Goods

    You can quibble and you can mockI often dobut after half a century, Death of a Salesman is still viable merchandise. It's as if Arthur Miller had set out to prove his hero's assertions about the old ways and the old goods being better. Yes, in a fe...

    by Michael Feingold on February 16, 1999
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    Asian Lite

    Ethnic pride can be a dangerous thing. It can burst out in civil unrest, or, at its most bloodless, in historical pageantsbenign propaganda masquerading as drama. Making Tracks (Taipei Theater) is a display of Asian American boosterism, clunkily con...

    by Francine Russo on February 16, 1999
  • The Escape Artist

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    The Escape Artist

    Alex Garland's first novel, The Beach, was and is great escape literature in every sense of the term. Written with the twenty-twentysomething clarity of a Windex-blue lagoon, Garland's tragic tale of tropical paradise found and subsequently lost in a...

    by Richard Gehr on February 16, 1999
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Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally Shout and Weep in the Not-Bad Annapurna

Real-­life couple and stars of screen Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman storm the stage and distinguish themselves, mostly, in this duet trauma drama, one of those shows where shattered characters… More >>

Estelle Parsons Puts Up Her Dukes in The Velocity of Autumn

“Old age is no place for sissies,” Bette Davis said. Alexandra, the Molotov-cocktail–wielding grandmother at the center of Eric Coble’s The Velocity of Autumn, couldn’t agree more. Waging a war… More >>

The World Is Round Gives a Gertrude Stein Children's Story a Worthy Adaptation

Gertrude Stein’s characters have it rough. Men have the moral stature of lapdogs while women face all of life’s challenges. But such female independence — especially the kind the author… More >>

Act One is an Inspiring Chronicle of a Playwright's Determination

How do you make it big in New York when you're starting from zero? Moss Hart's 1959 autobiography, Act One, shows one path, a steep climb from poverty in the… More >>

Sigmar Polke's Aesthetic Escape Velocity on View at MoMA

Sigmar Polke was a prisoner of his childhood, as are most of us. Born in 1941, when the Nazis were at their apogee, he suffered an impoverished youth in communist… More >>

Judy Chicago Proves She's About More Than Vagina Plates at Brooklyn Museum Show Judy Chicago Proves She's About More Than Vagina Plates at Brooklyn Museum Show

Judy Chicago wears rose-colored glasses, not that she needs them. The artist behind the notoriously yonic The Dinner Party celebrates her 75th birthday this year with major museum exhibitions all… More >>

Wrenching and Racy Soul-searching in Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra

Carla (Zoë Sophia Garcia) tells Reggie (Chris Stack) she'll marry him if he agrees to one thing: They both must reenact their sexual histories together. All of it — the… More >>

Hollywood Golden Boys Provide Glitter and Little Else in Two New Productions

Of all the alter egos you can picture James Franco inhabiting, is "California farmhand" one of them? Me neither. How about Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) as a hard-luck Irishman?… More >>

Audra McDonald Brings Billie Holiday to Life in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Any theatergoer expecting in this revival of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill an excuse for an Audra McDonald concert won't find the singer's full-bodied, mellifluous voice here. Instead,… More >>

The Heir Apparent Brims With Linguistic Panache and Stellar Performances

"I'm a one-man Comédie-Française," boasts the scheming servant Crispin, comparing his acting skills to France's national theater. Crispin (Carson Elrod) isn't totally exaggerating: In the course of The Heir Apparent,… More >>

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