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    Of Marvels - Three Generations of Artists Break Strange Ground

    For years, choreographer Erick Hawkins and composer Lucia Dlugoszewski explored each other's minds and serene yet breath-caught sensibilities. His dances conversed with her music. She might let a burst of motion fall into silence, or create a thunder...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 30, 1999
  • On the Verge - The Humana Festival Presses Its Limits

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    On the Verge - The Humana Festival Presses Its Limits

    Louisville Has the Actors Theatre of Louisville gone avant-garde? While that might be overstating matters, there's no denying that the 23rd annual Humana Festival of New American Plays marked a significant departure from the kind of Southern-fried ...

    by Charles McNulty on March 30, 1999
  • Imitation of Life

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    Imitation of Life

    In the decade between the publication of The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986) and her retrospective at the Whitney (1996), Nan Goldin was, for better or worse, the major influence on young photographers. Seeing countless copies of her intensely per...

    by Vince Aletti on March 30, 1999
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    Outer Space

    Zaha Hadid designs buildings that seem to defy the laws of gravity. The Iraqi-born architect, who was trained and lives in London, is known for visionary compositions of fragmentary, overlapping spaces that sweep the viewer up in restless, swirlin...

    by Leslie Camhi on March 30, 1999
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    Novelist Novelty

    What's this stuff you say about the consumptive nature of love, anyway?" That's the musical question writer-translator Lorie Marie Carlson asks Oscar Hijuelos on the 32-song lit-rock compilation CD Stranger Than Fiction (Don't Quit Your Day Job/Oglio...

    by David Marc Fischer on March 30, 1999
  • Vice Precedents

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    Vice Precedents

    Director Ian Hill's staging of William W. Pratt's "temperance drama," Ten Nights in a Bar Room (Nada), couldn't be more user friendly. Not only are the stage directions read aloud throughout, but the cast of characters, synopsis of incidents, lists o...

    on March 23, 1999
  • Up and Down

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    Up and Down

    Two shows. Two Douglas Gordons. One good, one bad. One in Soho, one in Chelsea. Together they provide a chance to get a fuller view of this up and down artist, and to see which is the real Douglas Gordon. Gordon manipulates snippets from iconic fil...

    by Jerry Saltz on March 23, 1999
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    Letters of Intent

    When Time magazine declares the death of feminism on its cover by posing Ally McBeal as today's undernourished approximation of Gloria Steinem, what's a young feminist to do? Anna Bondoc and Meg Daly set out to disprove Time's imagined generational d...

    by Abigail Zitin on March 23, 1999
  • The Odd Couplet

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    The Odd Couplet

    Most long poems blend lyric and narrative, the impulse to embody the self in language and the drive to tell others' stories. Nineteen ninety-eight brought a spate of book-length poems namely W.S. Merwin's The Folding Cliffs, C.D. Wright's Deepstep C...

    by Steve Burt on March 23, 1999
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    Barneys Rubble

    This business about American lives having no second acts couldn't be further from the truth: Americans have an endless capacity for reinvention. That's how it was possible for a vulgar discount house owned by Barney Pressman, a guy who specialized in...

    by Lynn Yaeger on March 23, 1999
  • Hare Shirt - Via Dolorosa's Well-Worn Politics

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    Hare Shirt - Via Dolorosa's Well-Worn Politics

    A little more than halfway through Via Dolorosa at about the point that Palestinian voices enter David Hare's account of his trip to Israel and the Occupied Territories he describes a meeting with the theater director George Ibrahim and the poet Hu...

    by Alisa Solomon on March 23, 1999
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    War, Sex, and Dreams

    Theater may have evolved out of religious ritual, but at the late part of this century it's taken a few steps back toward its origins with a turn to the confessional. The latest trend involves playwrights spilling their histories from a well-lighted ...

    by David Finkle on March 23, 1999
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    No Show

    If Nick Waplington's current show of photographs and drawings at Holly Solomon looks noticeably sparser than his usual packed and sprawling installations, that's because more than half of it 120 photos in all was lost or damaged in shipping betwee...

    by Vince Aletti on March 23, 1999
  • Aimless in Gaza

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    Aimless in Gaza

    The theater has always been a place where political matters can be debated. And the notion of a playwright as performer isn't new either. But with David Hare's Via Dolorosa, the two phenomena interfere with each other to such an extent that you almos...

    by Michael Feingold on March 23, 1999
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    Moving Parts

    The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble's season at Aaron Davis Hall (March 26 through 28) showcases the celebrated Ailey technique in vital and unusual ways. This junior troupe, under the direction of Sylvia Waters, performs a combination of Ailey rep...

    by Jill Black on March 23, 1999
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    To Dance Is To Live - New Film and Memoir Limn Limn's Legend

    When Jos Limn died in 1972, he left a world from which most of his ideals seemed to have evaporated, and a memoir written in longhand on a yellow legal pad. His choreography and style of movement, which glorified heroic, tragic figures Othello, Je...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on March 23, 1999
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    Text on the Loose - Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar Reimagine the Page

    In Big Dance Theater's production of Mac Wellman's playlet Girl Gone, evil is a misty thing with sharp little teeth. Three schoolgirls, Elyssa, Lisa, and Lissa, hiss and bubble and get glinty-eyed. As played by Cynthia Hopkins, Molly Hickock, and Sta...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 23, 1999
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    Raw to Cooked - A Critic Roams the Island

    I remember there was music. But the sounds that ring in my head after a performance of Alfred in the Courtyard: The Hanging Man are not, say, Jiri Stivin's passages for flute, but the amplified clankings and squeakings of wires winding over pulleys. ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 16, 1999
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    Met Life

    Soon after I jokingly told a gallerist that artists should make their own invitations, I received a hand-cut curved card in the mail. This conscientious endeavor piqued my curiosity. To my delight, Ruth Root's seemingly haphazard installation of id...

    by Sue Spaid on March 16, 1999
  • Trial by Era

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    Trial by Era

    Clarence Darrow defended the big ones Eugene Debs, Leopold and Loeb, and biology teacher John T. Scopes in the "monkey" trial. In Clarence Darrow Tonight, you can hear his eloquent perorations from these historical cases. But a lesser-known 1952 tri...

    by Francine Russo on March 16, 1999
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