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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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    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
  • 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
  • Who's Sorry Now?

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    Who's Sorry Now?

    Even on the carpet their booted feet make a noise. The black-clad Iron Guard of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging are marching in. Swastikas on their arms, they are here to support their leader, Eugene Terre'Blanche, who is giving evidence a...

    by Giles Foden 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
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    Queen of Hearts

    Perhaps the most appalling moment in the recent history of Western democracy was watching the British mourn Princess Diana. The spectacle of millions of people weeping for their historical oppressors the monarchy and the aristocracy got pretty ...

    by Brian Parks 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
  • A Spectre Calls

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    A Spectre Calls

    Der m leve gjengangere hele lande utover. . . . Og ser vi s gudsjammerlig lysredde alle sammen. [There must be ghosts living all over this country . . . And then we're all of us so godawfully afraid of the light.] Ibsen, Ghosts On the...

    by Michael Feingold on March 30, 1999
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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
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    Life Tale

    Through Sunday at the Joyce Theater, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company commemorates its 25th anniversary with Breathe Normally, a New York premiere. Jenkins, a West Coast modern dance innovator, continues her habit of collaborating with other emin...

    by Camille Hardy on March 30, 1999
  • Tourist Trapped

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    Tourist Trapped

    What does a visit to Auschwitz today have in common with a trip to Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio? Well, you pay for parking, get the map, and take the rides. Writer- performer Lisa Kron zigzags frenetically between the two in her one-w...

    by Sightlines on March 30, 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
  • 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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    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
  • 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
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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
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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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