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  • 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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    The Coffin Corner

    More intentionally shocking than intentionally amusing," warns director Scott Shattuck about Joe Orton's Loot (Cocteau Rep). Well, maybe that was true at the play's 1965 debut, but at a recent Saturday matinee not far from the millennium, a blue-hair...

    by Francine Russo on January 5, 1999
  • A Final Curtain - Los Kabayitos Exits the New CSV

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    A Final Curtain - Los Kabayitos Exits the New CSV

    Michael Romanyshyn choked back tears as he stood beneath the colorful, cherub-bedecked proscenium at Los Kabayitos Puppet Theater in late November, delivering his farewell speech as the theater's director. "Just whose city is this city?" he asked, ad...

    by Alisa Solomon on January 5, 1999
  • Read All About It! - Dancers on the Page

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    Read All About It! - Dancers on the Page

    The dance boom of the '70s sparked more than proliferating companies, public interest in the art, and better pay for dancers. Even in the lean, mean '90s, many more dance books are being published than were 25 years ago. Small houses and university p...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 5, 1999
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    Second Sight

    It's loosely based on the whore of Babylon," says Lisa Giobbi, describing a new solo, Babylon, in which she dons a red dress and rides a fabric swing tied to the rafters of the Joyce Theater. "First I'm thinking, what fun to be a hot babe in Babylon!...

    by Christopher Reardon on January 5, 1999
  • New Channels

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    New Channels

    TV is great even when it's loathsome, bathing us in images of electric light and fantasy. Or, is it that TV is loathsome even when it's great, inducing passivity and schizoid decay? Whatever, researchers report that the average American household wat...

    by Jerry Saltz on January 5, 1999
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    Consumer Guide

    Though an American edition is due out in early April, fashion insiders and magazine mavens can't wait for Alexey Brodovitch, Editions Assouline's luxe portfolio of the influential art director's work. The book's French version, lugged back by design ...

    by Vince Aletti on January 5, 1999
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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

"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 >>

Infidelity and Architecture Underpin the Meditative Isolde

Richard Maxwell’s new play is about myth, memory, and a house that never gets built. Lighter and more sardonic than the playwright-director’s recent work (especially 2013’s densely poetic Neutral Hero),… More >>

Scott Z. Burns and Steven Soderbergh Team Up For Post-Colombine Psychological Mystery The Library

Audiences today need little urging to accept age- and color-blind casting on the stage, but Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burns's life-in-the-aftermath drama The Library perhaps pushes viewers to accept… More >>

A Hilarious Ride Through the Inner Workings of a Small Town Arts Council in The Most Deserving

Sotheby's and Christie's may have cornered the real-world market for bitchiness and backstabbing in the name of art, but in The Most Deserving, Catherine Trieschmann's newest play, produced by Women's… More >>

Will Eno and Lorraine Hansberry Write Home in Two New Productions

Is New York theater suffering a housing crisis? How else to explain the glut of this season's plays (Fun Home, The Open House, A Doll's House, The Tribute Artist, The… More >>

Beautiful and Violent Art from the Civil Rights Movement at New Brooklyn Museum Show Witness

Something is terribly wrong with the sedan in this black-and-white photo: The doors gape open, glass is shattered, dark drips trail down the seat back. In 1965, civil rights activist… More >>

Rich Visual Schemes Undermine Dramatic Subtlety in The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera, now at Atlantic Theater, is no conventional, rough-hewn beggars' tale. For this staging, director Martha Clarke applies her sophisticated visual sensibilities to Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's… More >>

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