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    Taylorama

    Shuffles and twists and wriggles and jumps are no longer to be used in connection with dancing," wrote Vernon Castle in his 1914 manual, Modern Dancing. "The hoydenish romping of the Two Step, the swift rush of the Polka and contortions of the Turkey...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 9, 1999
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    Giddy Up

    Converting a horse stable on East 91st Street into a theater for dance was cake compared to getting patrons uptown. Joan Finkelstein, director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project, says Playhouse 91 provides "an intimate performance venue, ...

    by Kate Mattingly on March 9, 1999
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    Lap Dances

    On its face, Keely Garfield's choreography looks like a lot of tumbling around, with little direct relationship to the music accompanying it. On her face, Garfield often wears a deadpan expression, with eyes downcast. But the more you watch her due...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on March 9, 1999
  • Heartbreak House

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    Heartbreak House

    "I can't say I'm not enjoying writing it," Chekhov wrote to his publisher in 1895 about The Seagull, "though I'm flagrantly disregarding the basic tenets of the stage. The comedy has three female roles, six male roles, four acts, a landscape (a view ...

    by Charles McNulty on March 9, 1999
  • The Uneasy Dance - A Purge of the Beijing Opera in Chay Yew's Red

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    The Uneasy Dance - A Purge of the Beijing Opera in Chay Yew's Red

    Chay Yew delights in tweaking our ideas about Asian culture and Asian Americans. Take his new play, Red. One of the characters, Sonja Wong Pickford, is a bestselling author who makes no bones about spicing up her "Oriental" love stories because she k...

    by Gerard Raymond on March 9, 1999
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    The Gay '50s

    Melodrama has become a bad word, though it remains the dominant genre of our dreams well, at least mine are filled with unjust accusations, fugitive escapes, and pathetic pleas for last-minute rescue. Director Ed Chemaly's adaptation of Eugene Wa...

    by Charles McNulty on March 9, 1999
  • Mr. Wizard

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    Mr. Wizard

    It's in the blood. It's in the bone. After years of strange, failed contraptions, my father, who was an inventor, hit pay dirt when he came up with what came to be known as the Dexter Hand Sewing Machine. Maybe you've seen one; probably you haven't. ...

    by Jerry Saltz on March 9, 1999
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    Pot Stash

    More Picasso? The announcement of yet another exhibition devoted to art's most sacred monster is liable to provoke a sense of fatigue and (dare we say it?) resentment. Happily, these feelings melt away entirely before the sheer sensual delight of th...

    by Leslie Camhi on March 9, 1999
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    Looking Blackward

    Walking on Water was culled from a heroic enterprise: the author's six-year crisscrossing of these United States in search of the meaning of Blackness today. What It Doth Feel Like Being Black Right Now. Randall Kenan's interviewees (born from 1910 t...

    by Greg Tate on March 9, 1999
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    Sinatraland

    You're in a bar nursing a Jack on the rocks. Your girl just quit you and you're hurting. But someone cares, someone whose voice cuts through the smoke, singing "The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)." He's been there before. You emulate his cool...

    by Mark Rotella on March 9, 1999
  • Diversion 2.0

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    Diversion 2.0

    No one ever went broke, they say, underestimating the intelligence of the American public. But even underestimating is more complicated now than it used to be: The simple public is very knowing and doesn't like to be told how simple it is; it likes t...

    by Michael Feingold on March 9, 1999
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    Roots Music

    The musical Running Man, now showing at HERE, is a hymn to all the sons this country has stolen from her African American families. At 10, Tommy is a prodigy; at 20, he's a fugitive. A child who once sated his hunger for knowledge in books as his mo...

    by Pamela Renner on March 9, 1999
  • Double Vision

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    Double Vision

    There's safety in numbers. Or misery loves company. Or two heads are better than one. Whatever the reason, some artists work better together, in collaboration although couple says it best. It makes a certain sense: the pressures are so intense, and ...

    by Jerry Saltz on March 2, 1999
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    Slugs and Fuzz

    If checklists weren't so eager to disclose the cache, art viewing might aptly resemble an Easter egg hunt. Boomerang (1998), Melissa McGill's small mirrored gobs of blown glass thoughtfully deposited throughout C/R/G's premises, proposes an arduous ...

    by Sue Spaid on March 2, 1999
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    Gender Games - From Spain, Japan, and the Downtown Hinterlands

    The way some people talk about flamenco, you'd think it was all about sex; the dancers seem to size one another up for conquest, to taunt the musicians and audience with their prowess. The typical flamenco duet is a hot item, rendered hotter by the f...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 2, 1999
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    Talking Dance

    Tina Croll and James Cunningham's More From the Horse's Mouth, part of a program rotating into Dance Theater Workshop's Carnival Series March 9 through 28, lets older dancers recall the poignant moments in their lives when they came to understand t...

    by Kevin Giordano on March 2, 1999
  • Janis in Wonderland

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    Janis in Wonderland

    Because Janis Joplin's recording legacy doesn't live up to her performing legend, because she's a symbol of boomers' hegemonic hold on cultural history, because as a rare and extravagant female in a male world her meaning has been stiflingly overdete...

    by Evelyn McDonnell on March 2, 1999
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    Heads by Harry

    The underachieving, unappreciated middle child of a Japanese Hawaiian family, Toni Yagyuu just wants a little attention and affection from the men in her life most of all from her father, Harry O., a gruff but sweet taxidermist. The stubborn narr...

    by Vince Schleitwiler on March 2, 1999
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    Steal This Idea

    They came so close to setting Mickey Mouse free. Until a few months ago when congressional passage of the Sonny Bono Act extended the term of all corporate copyrights by 20 years, the rights to Mickey's first cartoon were due to expire in 2002. Just ...

    by Julian Dibbell on March 2, 1999
  • The Gods' Desire

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    The Gods' Desire

    It isn't often spirit can carry an entire production. But the endearing unpretentiousness of Oshun (The Goddess of Love) (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), like director Rome Neal's earlier sojourn into Yoruban legends, Shango de Ima, can't help but leave audie...

    by Sightlines on March 2, 1999
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Fear Not: Drop Dead Perfect Won't Hurt a Bit

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Piece of His Heart: Bert Berns Is a Name You Need to Know

"I want to be known," says the magnetic young actor Zak Resnick, playing the part of songwriter Bert Berns. Bert who? Berns, the subject of this biographical jukebox musical, penned… More >>

Ever Hear the One About Hamlet's Mother?

"People should take Gertrude seriously," declares the queen, speaking of herself in the third person. Howard Barker's 2002 rendering of Hamlet defends the title character (Hamlet's mother), by rethinking her… More >>

Gimme Fallout Shelter: Atomic is an Epic Meltdown of a Musical

A musical about the Manhattan Project? Bring on the dancing physicists and chorus girls in lab coats. Belt out those odes to fissure. Enrich our hearts with uranium! Atomic is… More >>

The Feather Channel: The Pigeoning Isn't Only for the Birds

If you think those people in The Birds had it bad, just wait till you meet Frank, the nebbishy hero of Robin Frohardt's puppet play The Pigeoning. Now running at… More >>

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How is it that the nation that vilified the avant-garde in the first half of the 20th century somehow brought forth a band of artists that propelled vanguard art into… More >>

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The Qualification of Douglas Evans, a deeply compelling new play for the Amoralists by Derek Ahonen, looks at addiction without embellishment. It skips the pathos we're used to seeing in… More >>

Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation

Gazing at Italian painter Nicola Samori's new work might bring to mind Auden's famous opening from "Musée des Beaux Arts": "About suffering, they were never wrong, the Old Masters." Think of… More >>

Performed in a Lounge, Play/Date Will Attempt to Set the Bar for Immersive Theater

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