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    The Road Worrier

    The eccentric, mustachioed man in black presses his face to the mirrored wall where it meets the rear of the stage. As he rotates and flutters his hands, suggestive shadows form and reform in the corner. The interplay of movement, light, and reflec...

    by Francine Russo on February 2, 1999
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    Language Is a Virus

    Caryl Churchill's stagecraft has always been as progressive as her politics. Though heralded by the academy for her delirious deconstructions of gender and power, she has never wavered in her commitment to formalist innovation. Like her closest Ameri...

    by Charles McNulty on February 2, 1999
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    South Parked

    In his Rebel Women (Ohio Theatre), Thomas Babe advances a novel theory about the Civil War: it was a battle of the sexes. At the time he was writing 1976 male feminists were declaring themselves. So the melodrama may have made some contextual sen...

    by David Finkle on February 2, 1999
  • Oh Brothers! - Suspended Animation

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    Oh Brothers! - Suspended Animation

    You probably haven't read The Brothers Karamazov recently. Never mind. Odds are it wouldn't help you fathom Boris Eifman's ballet The Karamazovs. Without a souvenir program, could you know that when Alexei (Igor Markov) leads what's hitherto been a r...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 26, 1999
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    Sterling Silvers - Downtown Diva Triumphs at the Joyce

    Watching Sally Silvers & Dancers, you're never quite sure what year it is, or where you are. The three dances they show at "Altogether Different" run on too long, but you wind up cherishing every gesture, even when you're totally lost. In her new Cap...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on January 26, 1999
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    Time Steps

    Laraine Goodman's "Vaudeville 2000" (La MaMa Annex, Thursday through Sunday) is a triumph of product placement. Goodman founded Pedicabs of New York, and ferries artists around the stage in her pink pedal-powered vehicle. Her East Village tap extrava...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on January 26, 1999
  • Boom and Bust

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    Boom and Bust

    Until now there seemed to be two kinds of contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: mediocre and English. Its collection is the mediocre part; a notoriously out-of-it mix of minor-major and minor-minor artists. At the same time, its exhibit...

    by Jerry Saltz on January 26, 1999
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    Borough Hall

    The home is past," Theodor Adorno wrote in an essay on the melancholy of late 20th-century transience. It seems he'd never been to Brooklyn, however. Though domesticity may be a luxury in cramped Manhattan, in that more generous borough it's widely a...

    by Leslie Camhi on January 26, 1999
  • The Art of the Schlemiel

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    The Art of the Schlemiel

    In his comic strip Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, former Voice cartoonist Ben Katchor wrung poetic poignancy out of the simple charms of anachronism and obsolescence. With a keen eye for urban phenomena beyond the reach of renewal, Katchor c...

    by Mike Rubin on January 26, 1999
  • Home Games

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    Home Games

    Wilde said of society, "To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy." The two video clerks of Jessica Goldberg's interestingly fractured play Stuck might agree. The main difference between this hackneyed pair of misfits and ...

    by Sightlines on January 26, 1999
  • Show Me the Money

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    Show Me the Money

    It's like a death in the family. I mean, MJ is gone. For a decade and a half he's lived in a section of the collective consciousness marked Ubiquitous, alongside Sinatra and Picasso and Brando. Unleashing Baryshnikovian dunks, slicing through Nike co...

    by Touré on January 26, 1999
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    Slackjaw

    New York Press staff writer Jim Knipfel has been losing his sight by degrees all his life, and he's been writing about himself for newspapers for the last decade or so. Billed as the story of his blindness, his book is really a disjointed memoir pie...

    by Douglas Wolk on January 26, 1999
  • Iffy Situations

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    Iffy Situations

    If I could write these columns in differing shapes, this one would look like a medal for bravery, to be awarded to JoAnne Akalaitis. Not that Akalaitis has done everything right in her staging of Euripides' two Iphigenia plays; much of it is an awkwa...

    by Michael Feingold on January 26, 1999
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    Ex Arcadia

    Pastorale (HERE), Deborah Eisenberg's dawdling audit of '70s world-weariness, actually falls into the tradition of the antipastoral. Eisenberg's characters are not modern glosses on bucolic shepherds and shepherdesses, but a city-bred clan immune ...

    by Alexis Soloski on January 26, 1999
  • Play and Anti-Play - Brit playwright makes mischief

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    Play and Anti-Play - Brit playwright makes mischief

    Caryl Churchill has always had an ability to surprise, not just the critics and the audience, but herself and her collaborators as well," says director Max Stafford-Clark. "She gives challenges to a director that are sometimes alarming." Over the p...

    by Gerard Raymond on January 26, 1999
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    The Colors in Gray - Dancing in a Winter Wonderland

    Hail January! The New York City Ballet packs away its Nutcracker and gets on with the business of celebrating its 50th anniversary. The enticingly packaged season groups ballets according to composers or national flavors (the January 28 French progra...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 19, 1999
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    Face Time

    APAP is the auto show of the arts," snorts Downtown dancer Aaron Landsman, describing the marathon event sponsored by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Thousands of presenters from colleges and civic auditoriums around the country conver...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on January 19, 1999
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    Sex Marks the Spot

    "No two people understand each other," wrote Joseph Conrad. "They can but hear each other's voices." Writing for a prudish Victorian public as he did, Conrad didn't add that sex, the most communicative of two-person activities, can also be the most s...

    by Michael Feingold on January 19, 1999
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    Greenhouse Effect

    Susan Glaspell's 1921 psychodrama The Verge (Looking Glass Theatre) belongs to a tired artistic tradition that goes something like this: if talent doesn't spin your wheels, maybe madness will do the trick. Claire Archer is a woman born of good st...

    by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on January 19, 1999
  • Controlled Freak

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    Controlled Freak

    Conspiracy lit is hardly known for concision. Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 is the brilliant exception in a subgenre more usually exemplified by such triumphs of cabalistic overkill as Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus Trilogy, Edward Whittem...

    by Richard Gehr on January 19, 1999
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Estelle Parsons Puts Up Her Dukes in The Velocity of Autumn

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The World Is Round Gives a Gertrude Stein Children's Story a Worthy Adaptation

Gertrude Stein’s characters have it rough. Men have the moral stature of lapdogs while women face all of life’s challenges. But such female independence — especially the kind the author… More >>

Act One is an Inspiring Chronicle of a Playwright's Determination

How do you make it big in New York when you're starting from zero? Moss Hart's 1959 autobiography, Act One, shows one path, a steep climb from poverty in the… More >>

Sigmar Polke's Aesthetic Escape Velocity on View at MoMA

Sigmar Polke was a prisoner of his childhood, as are most of us. Born in 1941, when the Nazis were at their apogee, he suffered an impoverished youth in communist… More >>

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Audra McDonald Brings Billie Holiday to Life in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Any theatergoer expecting in this revival of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill an excuse for an Audra McDonald concert won't find the singer's full-bodied, mellifluous voice here. Instead,… More >>

The Heir Apparent Brims With Linguistic Panache and Stellar Performances

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