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  • Private Prisons

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    Private Prisons

    Thomas Lanier Williams had not yet become Tennessee Williams when he wrote Not About Nightingales in 193738, though he used the name when submitting a packet of plays that included it to the Group Theater, which sensibly awarded him $100 for his one...

    by Michael Feingold on March 2, 1999
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    Solomon Wins Nathan Award

    The Voice's Alisa Solomon has been awarded the 199798 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her book Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender, published by Routledge. She'll be honored at a reception on Monday, March 8, at P...

    on March 2, 1999
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    Blackburn Award Winners

    Playwright Jessica Goldberg has won first prize in the 21st annual Susan Smith Blackburn awards, for her play Refuge. The Blackburn prizes are awarded yearly to women who've written "works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre." Se...

    on March 2, 1999
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    Filmmaker

    Beginning March 2, the exemplary artistry of the Paul Taylor Dance Company will be on view at City Center. Starting the next day, discover what goes into creating and perfecting Taylor's work by heading to Film Forum, where Matthew Diamond's Dancema...

    by Susan Reiter on February 23, 1999
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    More Bread or I'll Appear

    Emer Martin's second novel (after Breakfast in Babylon) begins in a hallucinogenic version of Frank McCourt's washed-out Ireland and winds up poolside in Hawaii, where a gay whiskey priest is recuperating after plastic surgery. In between Dublin and...

    by Jennifer Howard on February 23, 1999
  • Invisible Cities

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    Invisible Cities

    The textual space of Berlin Alexanderplatz resembles a city." That's what the critic Harald Jhner says about Alfred Dblin's great 1929 novel. And so it does. Sir Peter Hall's Cities in Civilization is a vast city of the mind, a millennial exhibitio...

    by Iain Sinclair on February 23, 1999
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    Paul Schmidt - 19341999

    I first met Paul Schmidt in 1992. He was going to translate Brecht's St. Joan of the Stockyards, which I would then direct at Yale Rep. His reputation was formidable, and I went with trepidation to his apartment, standing in front of his door for a m...

    by Liz Diamond on February 23, 1999
  • Sweet Talk

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    Sweet Talk

    Sentiment and edginess make strange bedfellows, whether they're shacking up in the run-down flats of Jonathan Harvey's '90s London or screwing in the tract house of Marlane Meyer's 1955 California. The measured doses of the two elements most likely t...

    by James Hannaham on February 23, 1999
  • After the Guru - Young Artists Confront Grotowski's Legacy

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    After the Guru - Young Artists Confront Grotowski's Legacy

    When theatrical visionary Jerzy Grotowski died last month at 65, he left a long and distinguished legacy. Obituaries lumped him with Stanislavsky and Brecht and likened the Polish director to a Zen master. For a generation of experimental theater art...

    by Stephen Nunns on February 23, 1999
  • A Master's Legacy - NYCB Celebrates Jerome Robbins

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    A Master's Legacy - NYCB Celebrates Jerome Robbins

    It's no secret that Jerome Robbins was hard on dancers. To understand that he also loved them very much, you have only to watch the New York City Ballet performing his works during its Jerome Robbins Celebration, through Sunday at the New York State ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 23, 1999
  • Cult Club

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    Cult Club

    Perhaps it's the curse of the upstart artist: you start out all freaky and original, and end up covering the same terrain as the Eagles. Such is the case with gifted Portland, Oregon, writer Chuck Palahniuk. The message of his sophomore novel, Surviv...

    by Lily Burana on February 23, 1999
  • Double Takes

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    Double Takes

    Plautus, Shakespeare, Goldoni, Anouilh: Everyone loves the confusion and the occult aura generated by identical twins. It took Paula Vogel, though, to see them as a perfect image for America's peculiarly schizophrenic culture. On its surface, The Min...

    by Michael Feingold on February 23, 1999
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    Apply Polish Sparingly - Martha Graham's Heritage Strides On

    A matriarch dies, and an incomparable collection of silver and china passes to her devoted heirs. Some pieces are kept in exquisite order. Others somehow develop hairline cracks. A saucer goes missing. Harsh new polish destroys a spoon's patina. Addi...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 16, 1999
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    Asian Lite

    Ethnic pride can be a dangerous thing. It can burst out in civil unrest, or, at its most bloodless, in historical pageantsbenign propaganda masquerading as drama. Making Tracks (Taipei Theater) is a display of Asian American boosterism, clunkily con...

    by Francine Russo on February 16, 1999
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    Uptown Girl

    Mia Michaels, whose company, Reality at Work, makes its New York debut Wednesday through Sunday at the Upper East Side's Playhouse 91, has choreographed for Prince, Gloria Estefan, and MTV's Hot Properties. Her dancers exude steely instead of noodly ...

    by Kate Mattingly on February 16, 1999
  • The Escape Artist

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    The Escape Artist

    Alex Garland's first novel, The Beach, was and is great escape literature in every sense of the term. Written with the twenty-twentysomething clarity of a Windex-blue lagoon, Garland's tragic tale of tropical paradise found and subsequently lost in a...

    by Richard Gehr on February 16, 1999
  • The Hothouse - The atrocity that inspired Tennessee Williams's Not About Nightingales

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    The Hothouse - The atrocity that inspired Tennessee Williams's Not About Nightingales

    In 1938, when a struggling young playwright named Tennessee Williams read a newspaper account of four gruesome murders in a Philadelphia prison, he was outraged and inspired. Subsisting on a regimen of coffee and sleeping pills that kept him feeling...

    by Jay Dixit on February 16, 1999
  • About a Boy - An Interview With Matthew Stadler

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    About a Boy - An Interview With Matthew Stadler

    At the age of 40 novelist Matthew Stadler has seen all of his previous novels go out of print. Positive reviews, prestigious Merrill Foundation and Whiting Writers awards, and a Guggenheim fellowship haven't been enough to keep his books on the restl...

    by Hugh Garvey on February 16, 1999
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    White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness

    Near the end of this powerful book, art scholar Maurice Berger reveals that he had set out to produce a "linear" study of race but changed his mind. Thank goodness. He fully vindicates Walter Benjamin's celebrated remarks on the incendiary power o...

    by David Roediger on February 16, 1999
  • Pop Eyed

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    Pop Eyed

    Playing the fearless leader of a marauding gang, Stacie Hirsch screws up her face into a mask of comic ferocity. Her lipsa bright red pucker painted onto a background of whitetwist like telephone wire. Her eyebrowswrought-iron curlicues drawn onto...

    by Alisa Solomon on February 16, 1999
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