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  • Holy Daze


    Holy Daze

    Come the millennium, depending on your druthers, you may be enjoying a champagne toast atop the Eiffel Tower, copulating madly in front of Dick Clark on TV, or joining a prayerful throng of believers who expect to be vacuumed up into heaven. Perhaps ...

    by Albert Mobilio on May 18, 1999
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    Night Duty

    It is one of my favorite walks," the narrator of Melitta Breznik's haunting novel Night Duty reports, "from here on up to the cemetery on the hill." When an unnamed narrator in postwar Austrian fiction goes for a walk, thoughts of death are never f...

    by Benjamin Anastas on May 18, 1999
  • Playing It Again


    Playing It Again

    This year, there are no new Broadway musicals. The only thing on the 1999 Tony ballot that could arguably count as a new musical is Parade, a "serious" work, wan and misguided (albeit by gifted artists), produced in a nonprofit subscription theater l...

    by Michael Feingold on May 18, 1999
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    Rank Stranger

    A ferocious energy possesses writer-performer Stanya Kahn. Eyes flashing, mouth straining, feet skittering, she seems to move even when she's still and to speak even when she's silent. The muscle and might of her onstage presence greatly camouflage...

    by Alexis Soloski on May 18, 1999
  • Bullet Theory


    Bullet Theory

    Before I lock and load, let me state my bias. I'm a card-carrying member of the ACLU and the NRA. I don't want the state in my uterus or my gun collection. Having guns controlled by the government is like having abortion rights regulated by men. As w...

    by Dr. Donna Gaines on May 11, 1999
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    The Ultimate Terrorists

    Weapons proliferation used to be welcome in official circles. The U.S. clung to its nuclear power, stockpiling it faster than anyone else. But with American weapons superiority now unquestioned, policy makers have a new worry: nuclear, chemical, and ...

    by Tom Gallagher on May 11, 1999
  • A Surfeit of Swans - Peter Martins Revamps a Classic


    A Surfeit of Swans - Peter Martins Revamps a Classic

    It's a miracle that the dowager Swan Lake has survived so many face-lifts since her debut in 1877. The old girl has great bones: Tchaikovsky's sumptuous music, sublime passages of choreography created by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in the 1890s, a c...

    by Deborah Jowitt on May 11, 1999
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    Renewing R&J

    Choreographers can't stay away from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet score; new ballet versions of Shakespeare's tragic lovers appear with regularity. Mavens can bounce between two radically different versions this week: as ABT winds up its run of Kennet...

    by Susan Reiter on May 11, 1999
  • Harlem Days


    Harlem Days

    Misfits and losers: before a word is written, they're a drama unto themselves. She chafes against her surroundings and is rebuffed. Scorned, he picks up a pistol or jabs a needle in his arm. In Dael Orlandersmith's solo The Gimmick, a poor fat black ...

    by Francine Russo on May 11, 1999
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    Inside Job

    Museums are strange. They're dead, they're alive. They're graveyards, shrines, and storage rooms. Nothing much happens there on the face of it. Usually you go alone; mostly you're silent, almost invisiblealthough you never completely disappear. You ...

    by Jerry Saltz on May 11, 1999
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    School Daze

    For smug New Yorkers, the name New Jersey conjures up visions of urban blight, industrial wastelands, and placid suburbs. Who knew that, 40 years ago, New Brunswick was a hotbed of radical artistic activity? A show now at the Newark Museum resurrect...

    by Leslie Camhi on May 11, 1999
  • Novel Approach


    Novel Approach

    Wilbur Larch, a compassionate doctor, head of a combination orphanage and obstetrics clinic near a remote town in Maine in the early 20th century, aids the unmarried pregnant women who throng there by performing not only deliveries but abortions, fo...

    by Michael Feingold on May 11, 1999
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    'The 7-Minute Series'

    The simple premise has worked for the last six years: get a slew of downtown theater-makers to create eight pieces, then present all of them on the same night. No, it's not a typical day at Nada, it's the Ontological's "7-Minute Series." Most of ...

    by James Hannaham on May 11, 1999
  • Funky Nights - Itís About the Floor


    Funky Nights - Its About the Floor

    The camera closes in on Sandman Sims's rueful face; nowadays, he says, young black men aren't interested in tapping. The year was 1978, in the film No Maps on My Taps. Things have picked up. Six guys join the phenomenal Savion Glover and funk princes...

    by Deborah Jowitt on May 4, 1999
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    Breathing Space

    Think of dance in Ireland, and you're likely to imagine step dancers in green tunics. The modern niche there is practically nonexistent, but John Scott's eight-year-old, Dublin-based ensemble, comprising performers from various countries, brings to N...

    by Jill Black on May 4, 1999
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    Race Matters

    For 20 years black choreographer Bebe Miller has worked in the mostly white world of postmodern dance. The division between that world and the realm of black companies and choreographers is even geographicdowntown versus up town: Downtown dancers te...

    by Kristin Eliasberg on May 4, 1999
  • The Washington Psst


    The Washington Psst

    Constance Congdon's new play, Lips, she claims, was inspired by a debate she had with her cousin. What would happen if a woman in a position of political power became involved in a sex scandal of Clinton-Lewinsky magnitude? What if her partner in se...

    by James Hannaham on May 4, 1999
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    What diva doesn't dream of playing the Greek leading ladiesthose lusty, bloody heroines and villainesses? A lucky girl may get to act a few of them in her career, but Cusi Cram does five a night in Euripidames, part of New Georges' "Watch This Spa...

    by Alexis Soloski on May 4, 1999
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    Trading Places

    I have a very clear recollection of the first day and night of the Clinton presidency, some of which I spent in the home of Christopher Hitchens. At the last minute, Vanity Fair had assembled a post-inaugural celebration there that quickly became the...

    by James Ledbetter on May 4, 1999
  • Our Century, Ourselves


    Our Century, Ourselves

    Millennial madness is loose in the land. The 20th century is about to become as remote as the 19th. The passing century is one that Henry Luce claimed as American in 1941. Regardless of your view of this presumption, no one country will own the next....

    by Jerry Saltz on May 4, 1999
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