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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


    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
  • Drama on Pointe - Ballet Companies Are Busy Acting Up


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    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
  • Guns and Poses


    Guns and Poses

    Remember Andrew Cunanan? He was the nowhere guy who gunned down Gianni Versace on the steps of the designer's South Beach villa, sometime in the summer of 1997. (Gary Indiana would be the first to tell you that the exact dates don't matter.) A great ...

    by Jennifer Howard on May 25, 1999
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    The Escapist

    Somewhere in 1914 Albania, Giorgio, a destitute cabaret perfomer (his act: accompanying himself on a guitar strummed with his erect member), catches sight of a newspaper article. Harry Houdini has canceled a Paris show. Suddenly inspired, he collects...

    by Alexis Soloski on May 25, 1999
  • Beyond Normal - Exploring New Mother Tounges


    Beyond Normal - Exploring New Mother Tounges

    Bebe Miller's Going to the Wall lasts almost an hour. And I can imagine an edited version. Yet, like life, this dance has to work itself out. Intersections between the splendid dancers embody the merging of dialects spoken within any communitymale a...

    by Deborah Jowitt on May 18, 1999
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    Lucky Lindy

    It shouldn't be so hard to catch up with Frankie Manning. The man turns 85 this month, but like that damn battery bunny he just won't stop. First he's teaching in England, then in Hawaii. Finally I corner him in a changing room at Dance Space, where,...

    by Christopher Reardon on May 18, 1999
  • Wanting It


    Wanting It

    Sean Landers wants it bad, and he doesn't make any bones about it. Listen to him in Le Domaine Enchant AKA Monsieur Saucisson, a large portrait of a dapper gentleman who has a dick for a nose, a scrotum for a chin, and who stands atop a giant breast...

    by Jerry Saltz on May 18, 1999
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    In and Out

    In light of teenagers who skirt their school's exterior to avoid those inside, it's difficult to cruise the corridors of Argentinean Guillermo Kuitca's 1998 floor-plan paintings without wondering who grants whom the right of way. The paintings resemb...

    by Sue Spaid on May 18, 1999
  • Prison Prayers - Mabou Mines Summons the Ghosts of BelÚn


    Prison Prayers - Mabou Mines Summons the Ghosts of Beln

    A woman swishes a broom delicately across the floor, as if trying to blow away the accumulated dust of history. Soon, she begins to thwack it with an almost giddy force, slapping out a drum-brush beat that punctuates a strangely lilting plaint, sung ...

    by Alisa Solomon on May 18, 1999
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