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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
  • 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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    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
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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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    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
  • 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
  • The Way We Were

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    The Way We Were

    I've never been much of a Jennifer Bartlett fan. Her work always seemed premiseless, muddy, and without vision; as an artist, she is more of a combiner, or an adept copyist, than a creator. Except for Rhapsody. Until last week, I only knew her epic u...

    by Jerry Saltz on February 16, 1999
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    Stitchcraft

    I don't much like my daughter sewing," the novelist Colette remarked. "She is silent, and shewhy not write down the word that frightens meshe is thinking." For centuries, needlework and knitting kept women's hands occupied while their minds worked ...

    by Leslie Camhi on February 16, 1999
  • Durable Goods

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    Durable Goods

    You can quibble and you can mockI often dobut after half a century, Death of a Salesman is still viable merchandise. It's as if Arthur Miller had set out to prove his hero's assertions about the old ways and the old goods being better. Yes, in a fe...

    by Michael Feingold 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
  • 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
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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
  • 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
  • Women's Rites

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    Women's Rites

    What does a spinster teacher in 1930s St. Louis have in common with a Mennonite teen in modern Canada? Angst and plenty of it. Like women ever and always, from Evanston to Kabul, they chafe against binding roles; they struggle to subdue or unleash...

    by Francine Russo on February 9, 1999
  • Doom Service

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    Doom Service

    The Museum of Natural History owns some dinosaur feces, but it probably doesn't have a piece of crap as big as Sightline Stage Co.'s The End of Civilization (Raw Space). Canadian George F. Walker's noir, receiving its U.S. premiere, is a heavy-handed...

    by Sightlines on February 9, 1999
  • Unsound Bites

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    Unsound Bites

    Is it the end of the century, or is it just me? I keep thinking the theater's meant to be a great unifying place that sweeps its vast vision across all of human experience, but all I find when I go is little bits and pieces of I was going to say "hu...

    by Michael Feingold on February 9, 1999
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    Monomania

    Don't look now, but the writing seems to be on the wall for the one-person show. Even Downtown is not sure it has enough time or interest to absorb every last detail about the protagonists of New York's groovy literary scene. Two recent one-mans a...

    by Ed Morales on February 9, 1999
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