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  • Classic Act - Barry Edelstein Takes Over CSC

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    Classic Act - Barry Edelstein Takes Over CSC

    When Classic Stage Company announced last month that Uma Thurman would be joining the cast of The Misanthropefollowing CSC's sold-out run of Godot with John Turturro, Tony Shaloub, and Christopher Lloydit seemed as if the theater's new artistic dir...

    by Francine Russo on January 19, 1999
  • Murder Ink

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    Murder Ink

    One never can get at the thing itself. That is the fascination of murder as a subject, and why it lends itself to all kinds of renderings," Wendy Lesser speculates in Pictures at an Execution, her 1993 study of our literary and tabloid fascination wi...

    by Eric Weisbard on January 19, 1999
  • An American Family - 'Duane Hanson: A Survey of His Work From the '30s to the '90s'

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    An American Family - 'Duane Hanson: A Survey of His Work From the '30s to the '90s'

    They're all wearing underpants. This either means that Duane Hanson thought his superrealistic sculptures of ordinary people were real enough that they deserved their dignity, or that he felt the degree of illusion he wanted required the inclusion of...

    by Jerry Saltz on January 12, 1999
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    Apron Strings

    Although he no longer lives at home, photographer Peter Monroe includes himself in the deadpan documentary series he calls "Mama's Boy!," now at OK Harris (383 West Broadway, through February 6). All the other photos are of grown men who live with th...

    by Vince Aletti on January 12, 1999
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    Pleasure Principles - Those Feet Were Meant for Dancing

    When I walk into a theater to see an event billed as dance, I'm prepared to find performers talking a blue streak or singing or potting daisies or performing slow, painful tasks. But when I see something good that also reminds me what dancing can be ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 12, 1999
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    Bare Fictions

    Yanira Castro, Maura Nguyen Donohue, and Mei-Yin Ng all arrived on these shores in 1993 or 1994. Their concert "Bare" (La MaMa, closed) suggests that's the only thing they have in common. Castro's work is intellectual (Vulgar is inspired by Kierke...

    by Chris Dohse on January 12, 1999
  • French Kisses

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    French Kisses

    Recently, I publicly read a story of mine about a man and woman whose experiments with sexual role-playing go awry when the woman feels the man is abusing her. She becomes frightened, then angry; they fight, reconcile, and go to sleep in each other's...

    by Mary Gaitskill on January 12, 1999
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    Mister Satan's Apprentice

    The life of the musician on the road is by law supposed to be about geography blurrily shooting past and an endless stream of faces, few of them remembered. But it's quite a different experience in Adam Gussow's Mister Satan's Apprentice, in which...

    by R.J. Smith on January 12, 1999
  • Lust Horizon

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    Lust Horizon

    The best-kept secret about sex has little to do with body parts. Hetero or homo, it's the mortal nature of erotic love that's strictly taboo. "Death," Blanche DuBois says, is "the opposite of desire," a line that remains the single best explanation f...

    by Charles McNulty on January 12, 1999
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    Tea Party

    We don't need another story by a woman who did drugs and all kinds of sex and wrote it down just to give a blow-by-blow. We do need The Passionate Mistakes and Intimate Corruption of One Girl in America, a wise, lyrical, autobiographical first novel ...

    by Laurie Stone on January 12, 1999
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    Noh Business

    Everybody," according to the old joke, "has 20/20 hindsight." A.R. Gurney does, anyway. Set on a U.S. Navy base near Tokyo in 1955, Far East is Gurney's version of America's transactions with Asia since World War II Madame Butterfly meets Mailer's W...

    by Michael Feingold on January 12, 1999
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    Sex Shirkers

    The premise of Lyz! (Samuel Beckett Theater), a new musical adaptation of Aristophanes's Lysistrata, is not devoid of comic potential. In Giuliani's increasingly puritan New York, a group of women decide to withhold sex in protest against masculine...

    by Alexis Soloski on January 12, 1999
  • Founding Fodder

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    Founding Fodder

    Prior to the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin and his son William were not only parent and child, but also the closest of friends. Franklin was, of course, Franklin, but William was a star in his own right. Educated in England, William felt close...

    by Sightlines on January 12, 1999
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    Dont Let Go - Choreographers Carry That Weight

    To be a parent is to squelch your what-ifs before you go nuts. "What if he drowns?" "What if a stranger drags her into a car?" Susan Marshall's tender and haunting piece, The Most Dangerous Room in the House, presented at BAM Majestic, is built on su...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 5, 1999
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    Extensions

    From Sinner Man to Othello to Mr. Bojangles, Desmond Richardson keeps finding new avenues for his awesome dancing talent. He rocked City Center with explosive, riveting performances when he was barely out of his teens, juicing up the Alvin Ailey repe...

    by Susan Reiter on January 5, 1999
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    Zebra Lives - Sarah JonesAwhirl in Races Unstable Dance

    Behold the paradox of the Nuyorican Poets, an achingly familiar '90s cultural trope: If you rail against the establishment with enough cutting-edge righteous anger, then maybe someone will buy your screenplay. Now behold 25-year-old solo performer an...

    by James Hannaham on January 5, 1999
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    Fashion Victims

    Now that even Kate Moss has OD'd on too much fabulosity, Bret Easton Ellis has knocked out a Days of Whine and Poses for everyone who worships at the shrine of Prada. The designer line is mentioned so often in Glamorama that you wonder if Ellis cut s...

    by Rhonda Lieberman on January 5, 1999
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    Voice Authors

    Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades By Luis H. Francia Luis Francia chronicles Filipino politics, culture, and protest in the form of book and film reviews, on-site political reportage, and personal essays. From Manila ...

    on January 5, 1999
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    Here and Gone

    Gabriel Orozco is ubiquitous on the international exhibition circuit. He was featured in Documenta X, Mnster, and the Venice Biennale, and has had a handful of museum shows in Europe. At 36, he's been on the covers of Art forum, Flash Art, and Parke...

    by Jerry Saltz on January 5, 1999
  • Divine Comedy

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    Divine Comedy

    Professor Paul Rudnick's course in Theology 101Essentials of Human Mythmakingis by far the most entertaining in our divinity school's current catalogue, though you may not come out of it as prepared as you might hope to take up a small-town pulpit....

    by Michael Feingold on January 5, 1999
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Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally Shout and Weep in the Not-Bad Annapurna

Real-­life couple and stars of screen Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman storm the stage and distinguish themselves, mostly, in this duet trauma drama, one of those shows where shattered characters… 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 >>

Judy Chicago Proves She's About More Than Vagina Plates at Brooklyn Museum Show Judy Chicago Proves She's About More Than Vagina Plates at Brooklyn Museum Show

Judy Chicago wears rose-colored glasses, not that she needs them. The artist behind the notoriously yonic The Dinner Party celebrates her 75th birthday this year with major museum exhibitions all… More >>

Wrenching and Racy Soul-searching in Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra

Carla (Zoë Sophia Garcia) tells Reggie (Chris Stack) she'll marry him if he agrees to one thing: They both must reenact their sexual histories together. All of it — the… More >>

Hollywood Golden Boys Provide Glitter and Little Else in Two New Productions

Of all the alter egos you can picture James Franco inhabiting, is "California farmhand" one of them? Me neither. How about Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) as a hard-luck Irishman?… More >>

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

"I'm a one-man Comédie-Française," boasts the scheming servant Crispin, comparing his acting skills to France's national theater. Crispin (Carson Elrod) isn't totally exaggerating: In the course of The Heir Apparent,… More >>

Photographic Fiction and Fact in the LES Photographic Fiction and Fact in the LES

Within a block of each other on the Lower East Side, two photographers who dig into genres we thought we already knew — Heather Bennett uses self-portraiture to don various… More >>

Shameless and Uncharismatic, Bullets Over Broadway Loses The Sophistication of Its Source Material

Bullets Over Broadway is an old-fashioned musical, if for you the term "old-fashioned" connotes a version of 1920s New York in which Italian-American stereotypes are the only ethnic other, most… More >>

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