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  • Domestic Affairs

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    Domestic Affairs

    It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment in An Enemy of the People when Thomas Stockman crosses the line between standing up for principle and falling prey to obsession, between serving the people and separating himself from them, between defending dem...

    by Alisa Solomon on April 20, 1999
  • Rock of Ages

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    Rock of Ages

    In Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie's hero was born at the inception of India's independence. Ormus Cama, the expatriate protagonist of Rushdie's sprawling, omnivorous, and millennial The Ground Beneath Her Feet, is exactly the same age as another ...

    by Jonathan Lethem on April 20, 1999
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    Document Zippo

    Part artist's book, part deconstruction of various icky obsessions, L.A. Ruocco's Document Zippo deserves a spot on that short, groaty shelf devoted to the literature of abjection. From the first chaptera meditation on the narrator's stained underwe...

    by C. Carr on April 20, 1999
  • Dearth of a Salesman

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    Dearth of a Salesman

    I should, I suppose, be grateful for small favors. The Broadway system that can make the tourists line up for a four-and-a-half-hour play, at $100 a pop, must be doing something right. The Iceman Cometh, being a great play, deserves sold-out houses, ...

    by Michael Feingold on April 13, 1999
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    La Prxima Parada

    It's difficult to do community-based theater about the dreary desperation of "the people" without sinking into the dreariness and taking the audience with you. That's why playwright Carmen Rivera deserves praise for La Prxima Parada (The Next Stop)...

    by Ed Morales on April 13, 1999
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    Girl Group

    The Seattle-based ensemble 33 Fainting Spells, which showed Maria the Storm Cloud at Dance Theater Workshop, has its finger on the cultural zeitgeist as few American dance theater groups do. Composed of two unrelated, thirtyish women with the same la...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on April 13, 1999
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    Last Call

    When did queer culture replace mass arrests in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral with K-holes at the Morning Party? According to drag celebrity Linda Simpson, who wrote The Final Episode (P.S.122), drug binges trumped hunger strikes around 1994. Hosti...

    by Sightlines on April 13, 1999
  • Hocus-Pocus

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    Hocus-Pocus

    Like some tacky aunt showing up at an elegant ball, Alan Hollinghurst's unfortunate third novel, The Spell, seems out of place and unwelcome among its relatives. Hollinghurst's career began with the bang of a witty and compelling debut, The Swimming-...

    by James Hannaham on April 13, 1999
  • Dirty Pictures

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    Dirty Pictures

    It would be hard to find two plays further from each other on the theatrical spectrum than The Censor and The Exact Center of the Universe. The first, debuting here after taking Fringe prizes in London, aims to defy its audience's assumptions and sho...

    by Francine Russo on April 13, 1999
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    Buena Vista

    It's been some time since landscape photography could lay any claim to pictorial magnificence or inspirational grandeur. These days, it tends to the mundane and the idiosyncratic, annexing the outside world to the private realm and investing it wit...

    by Vince Aletti on April 13, 1999
  • Getting Real

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    Getting Real

    Elizabeth Peyton is still in love. But it's a different kind of love, and she wants you to know it. This is the subject, and the subtext, of her fourth solo show, which is more disjointed than previous exhibitions. Mingled among Peyton's jewel-colore...

    by Jerry Saltz on April 13, 1999
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    Moving Men - Two Downtown Choreographers Switch Tactics

    A few years ago, Tere O'Connor made dances in which irritable, off-kilter dancing pocked with curious gestures conveyed all he wanted to say, while Doug Elkins danced with tongue in cheek and spoke when he felt like it. Now O'Connor's writing dialogu...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 13, 1999
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    Wordstock - A Dispatch From the People's Poetry Gathering

    Really, they were gathering the gatherings. When New York nonprofits City Lore and Poets House decided to organize last weekend's People's Poetry Gathering, they gave it a name that already had two strong associations. Since '85, the Cowboy Poetry Ga...

    by Evelyn McDonnell on April 13, 1999
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    An Interview With Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky

    Evelyn McDonnell: What do you think of the idea of the People's Poetry Gathering? Robert Pinsky: The emphasis on vocality appeals to me very much. Poetry is a bodily art for me, or it is nothing. How do you answer critics who charge that things ...

    by Evelyn McDonnell on April 13, 1999
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    Exhibit #9

    The wackiest of many outlandish moments in Exhibit #9, Tracey Wilson's cacophonous comedy, is the spectacle of Margaret Johnson, a young black bank executive, introducing her new "boyfriend," an inflatable doll, to her stunned middle-class family....

    by Ed Morales on April 6, 1999
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    It Hurts: New York Art From Warhol to Now

    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 April 6, 1999
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    Life Is Not Beautiful

    Whether the Andrei SerbanElizabeth Swados Fragments of a Greek Trilogy (La MaMa) can be regarded as seminal is debatable, although when it debuted 25 years ago it seemed as if it would be. A deconstruction/reconstruction of Sophocles and Euripides, ...

    by Sightlines on April 6, 1999
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    Depths of Memory - Recollecting Family Histories

    You may think you know a composition for cello quite well. Then you hear Yo-Yo Ma play it. Its colorations become richer, more nuanced. Images hitherto unnoticed glisten in its depths. Ma has said that working with Mark Morris and his dancers was "li...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 6, 1999
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    Poetry Boy

    It's not easy describing how Tere O'Connor mixes abstract movement and raw interior monologue. One California critic threw up her hands, calling him a "weirdmeister," so folks in the heartland must be truly baffled. Hi Everybody!, his newest piece, ...

    by Christopher Reardon on April 6, 1999
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    Talking Points

    The world's as dramatic as ever if anything, more so these last few weeks but the theater's mired, inexplicably, in an age of diminished dramatic expectations. When we don't get graphic, arbitrary violence always more effective when kept offstage...

    by Michael Feingold on April 6, 1999
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