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  • 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
  • Club Men


    Club Men

    "I'd like to bang her!" whoops Chickie at every alluring body he sees. This dapper womanizer is one of the five regulars at Bruce Graham's Belmont Avenue Social Club (INTAR), a surely crafted drama about a Bronx political clique. Nailing its denizen...

    on May 4, 1999
  • French Twists


    French Twists

    I didn't realize how trapped Broadway had been making me feel all year until the curtain went up on Jean Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon and I found myself in a place that wasn't London, Ireland, the deconstructed past, or the gray placeless present. I...

    by Michael Feingold on May 4, 1999
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    Hi, I'm Brittany, and I'm Rotting!

    Rachel Arieff, dressed in jeans and a hairnet, steps onto the stage and into character. "They should make a sitcom about my life!" she squeals. There was that hilarious time she spilled coffee all over her boss, and then that time she sat in cat pee,...

    by Alexis Soloski on May 4, 1999
  • Pennies From Hell


    Pennies From Hell

    Heading through Harlem in a LaGuardia-bound cab early one 1989 morning, Harvard urban anthropologist Katherine Newman did something remarkable. She observed the infamous neighborhood, symbolic of decline and hopelessness in the popular psyche, and le...

    by Debra Dickerson on May 4, 1999
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    He Bored

    Art history, like all histories, starts with gossip more nasty stories about powerful, important people. Matthew Collings, in It Hurts, clearly loves such stories. Unfortunately, repeating a mess of them is all he does. His book fails miserably beca...

    by Bill Arning on May 4, 1999
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    Voice Authors

    Voice Authors The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation By Karen Houppert Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 254 pp., $24 That time of the month. Your little friend. Ever notice how many euphemisms we have for menstruation? Karen Hou...

    by James Ledbetter on May 4, 1999
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    Last Call

    In Scott Organ's City (the Flea), five friends alternately nurse and exploit "the guy"a Buddha-bellied man one of them has accidentally hit with a truck. Though visibly uninjured, he lacks speech, affect, wallet, and name. Present in almost every sc...

    on April 27, 1999
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    War of the Wired

    In 1992, eight years after William Gibson published the first great cyberpunk novel, Neal Stephenson published the last one. Not much of an interval, really, as literary history goes, but as fin de millennium technological history goes, those eight y...

    by Julian Dibbell on April 27, 1999
  • International Male - John Jasperse Aces the Competition


    International Male - John Jasperse Aces the Competition

    At 35, John Jasperse may be the prodigal son of the American dance family. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College and performing with Lisa Kraus for two years, he left for Brussels in 1988 to dance with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's Rosas, commu...

    by Jessica Guarnaschelli on April 27, 1999
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    Bringing War Home - Chuma on the Beach

    Yoshiko Chuma's working life is an international conspiracy. Many of her grants and commissions involve cultural exchange; she depends on the overseas market for teaching and performing. In 1996, her performances in Japan outnumbered those in Americ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 27, 1999
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    Musical Health Plan

    The show doctor is in, and will take your cases one at a time, in order of urgency. I'm sure you've all filled out your insurance forms with the Group Sales officials at the front desk, so you'll be protected no matter how fatal the diagnosis. Please...

    by Michael Feingold on April 27, 1999
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