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    The Inhuman Condition

    One of the most revealing sections in Pramoedya Ananta Toer's powerful memoir The Mute's Soliloquy is also its starkest: a list of the dead and missing political prisoners on the Indonesian penal colony of Buru Island. The list stops at number 315, t...

    by Luis H. Francia on June 1, 1999
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    Downtown Memories - Renewing the Old

    A trim, sixtyish man in a suit walks in circles, pauses in profile for long moments, removes his jacket, shirt, and pants freezing now and then in mid act and hangs the garments on hooks taped to his body. Steve Paxton recreates his 1964 solo Flat ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on June 1, 1999
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    Muse's Moment

    Carmen de Lavallade introduced Alvin Ailey to dance ("He was on the gym team and looked like a dancer, so I suggested he take class"), performed in a Paris cabaret with Josephine Baker ("Unlike many at the time, she was very gracious"), and taught Me...

    by Kenya Hunt on June 1, 1999
  • North of Tennessee

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    North of Tennessee

    The Arclight Theater is located in what appears to be the crypt it's certainly the basement of a gray-stone, quasi-Gothic church, not the place where you would most expect to find either Tennessee Williams or a performance by Eli Wallach and Anne...

    by Michael Feingold on June 1, 1999
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    Speed Freaks

    Writer-director Robert Cucuzza's latest theatrical acid trip, Speed Freaks, takes place in the cramped headquarters of Paw-Paw's Famous Canned Peas. As head honcho of this rogue company, Ivan (played with demented, maniacal wit by the author himsel...

    by Charles McNulty on June 1, 1999
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    Stage Struck - From Fringe to Pop Welcome to the Big Boom in Summer Theater Festivals

    On those muggy, oppressive days that routinely assault New Yorkers in summertime, residents have few options. Those who can, flee. The rest crank the AC or sit in the cool dark of the neighborhood multiplex. Or so goes the conventional wisdom. Actu...

    by Stuart Miller on June 1, 1999
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The lights dim and a swarm of latecomers rush to seat themselves. The conductor enters the pit, the music starts, the curtain rises, and two guys in doublets and black pants fight with swords while a queen drinks from a poisoned cup and . . . hey, t...

    by Alexis Soloski on June 1, 1999
  • Mummy Dearest

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    Mummy Dearest

    Near the end of Goodnight Children Everywhere, one character carries a small bundle; a shrill infant's cry pierces the air but does not seem to travel with the "baby." This disconnect is but one small symptom of the credibility problem in Richard Nel...

    by Francine Russo on June 1, 1999
  • Art of Darkness

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    Art of Darkness

    The little shop of horrors that is Ashley Bickerton's sixth solo show at this gallery picks up where his fifth left off. Full of hyperrealistically rendered ghouls, geeks, monsters, and weirdos, these new works take his visual extremes to even furthe...

    by Jerry Saltz on June 1, 1999
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    Face Off

    In case you missed Turbulent, Shirin Neshat's enchanting 1998 video installation at the Whitney's Philip Morris space last year, now is your chance to see how this Iranian-born, Berkeley-educated artist melds images and sound into mesmerizingly lyri...

    by Alexandra Rowley on June 1, 1999
  • Drama on Pointe - Ballet Companies Are Busy Acting Up

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    Drama on Pointe - Ballet Companies Are Busy Acting Up

    Outside the Met, where American Ballet Theatre's annual season of block busters runs through June 19, food-service workers seeking to unionize pass out pamphlets noting the appropriateness of the evening's offering, Petipa's La Bayadre (1877): it wa...

    by Deborah Jowitt on May 25, 1999
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    Pas de Duke

    How many choreographers will it take to light up an Ellington celebration? At the New York City Ballet, three: Robert La Fosse for ballet cred, Susan Stroman for showbiz glitz, and Garth Fagan for modern jazz inflection. The genre hopping makes sense...

    by David Yaffe on May 25, 1999
  • Finders and Keepers

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    Finders and Keepers

    When it comes to art, artists can be choosy. What they live with or what they like can be as interesting as the art they makeoccasionally more so. Often their choices send a bolt of rejuvenating lightning through an overlooked or unknown object. Oth...

    by Jerry Saltz on May 25, 1999
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    Doll Parts

    Though Cindy Sherman never fails to alarm and excite, her latest show15 black-and-white images of mutilated dollsfeels not just oddly forced but stale. Haven't we been here before? Sherman surely has. She began flirting with horror and ugliness in...

    by Vince Aletti on May 25, 1999
  • Short Notice

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    Short Notice

    Thornton Wilder left behind at his death two unfinished cycles, meant to contain a total of 14 plays, representing the Seven Ages of Man and the Seven Deadly Sins. Two ages and one sin premiered at Circle in the Square during Wilder's lifetime; other...

    by Michael Feingold on May 25, 1999
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    The Author's Voice

    What's behind that door?" This line from Richard Greenberg's The Author's Voice is also its premise, and that of Peter Hedges's Imagining Brad. I sniff an assignment behind this pair of Drama Dept. one-acts. Both show off their writers' talents in...

    by Francine Russo on May 25, 1999
  • Techno Madness

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    Techno Madness

    Rarely in multimedia theater is the whole equal to (never mind greater than) the sum of its gadgets. What should amount to a collage of various modes of communication too often translates into a noisy contest between appliance and actor. Of course th...

    on May 25, 1999
  • Father and Sons - Bicultural Playwright Gets Some Respect

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    Father and Sons - Bicultural Playwright Gets Some Respect

    Ayub Khan-Din has discovered it's more exciting to be a playwright than an actor particularly for someone with South Asian ancestry. Khan-Din's first play, East Is East, about growing up in a British-Pakistani household, is currently running at the ...

    by Gerard Raymond on May 25, 1999
  • The Original Bad Girl

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    The Original Bad Girl

    In 1955, the hedonist heroine of Kay Thompson's soon-to-be classic Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups made mincemeat of the Plaza Hotel staff and skibbled across the bestseller lists. She became an icon, for Lord's sake (as she herself would say...

    by Emily Jenkins on May 25, 1999
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    Phil-In

    Philip Roth, like God, has become notorious for his reluctance to appear. Although he has been the most hosannaed writer of the decade, he failed to show up to accept his National Book Award for Sabbath's Theater or his Pulitzer for American Pastor...

    by David Yaffe on May 25, 1999
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