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    La Prxima Parada

    It's difficult to do community-based theater about the dreary desperation of "the people" without sinking into the dreariness and taking the audience with you. That's why playwright Carmen Rivera deserves praise for La Prxima Parada (The Next Stop)...

    by Ed Morales on April 13, 1999
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    Girl Group

    The Seattle-based ensemble 33 Fainting Spells, which showed Maria the Storm Cloud at Dance Theater Workshop, has its finger on the cultural zeitgeist as few American dance theater groups do. Composed of two unrelated, thirtyish women with the same la...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on April 13, 1999
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    Last Call

    When did queer culture replace mass arrests in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral with K-holes at the Morning Party? According to drag celebrity Linda Simpson, who wrote The Final Episode (P.S.122), drug binges trumped hunger strikes around 1994. Hosti...

    by Sightlines on April 13, 1999
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    Depths of Memory - Recollecting Family Histories

    You may think you know a composition for cello quite well. Then you hear Yo-Yo Ma play it. Its colorations become richer, more nuanced. Images hitherto unnoticed glisten in its depths. Ma has said that working with Mark Morris and his dancers was "li...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 6, 1999
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    Poetry Boy

    It's not easy describing how Tere O'Connor mixes abstract movement and raw interior monologue. One California critic threw up her hands, calling him a "weirdmeister," so folks in the heartland must be truly baffled. Hi Everybody!, his newest piece, ...

    by Christopher Reardon on April 6, 1999
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    It Hurts: New York Art From Warhol to Now

    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 April 6, 1999
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    Life Is Not Beautiful

    Whether the Andrei SerbanElizabeth Swados Fragments of a Greek Trilogy (La MaMa) can be regarded as seminal is debatable, although when it debuted 25 years ago it seemed as if it would be. A deconstruction/reconstruction of Sophocles and Euripides, ...

    by Sightlines on April 6, 1999
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    Talking Points

    The world's as dramatic as ever if anything, more so these last few weeks but the theater's mired, inexplicably, in an age of diminished dramatic expectations. When we don't get graphic, arbitrary violence always more effective when kept offstage...

    by Michael Feingold on April 6, 1999
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    Exhibit #9

    The wackiest of many outlandish moments in Exhibit #9, Tracey Wilson's cacophonous comedy, is the spectacle of Margaret Johnson, a young black bank executive, introducing her new "boyfriend," an inflatable doll, to her stunned middle-class family....

    by Ed Morales on April 6, 1999
  • Imitation of Life

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    Imitation of Life

    In the decade between the publication of The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986) and her retrospective at the Whitney (1996), Nan Goldin was, for better or worse, the major influence on young photographers. Seeing countless copies of her intensely per...

    by Vince Aletti on March 30, 1999
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    Outer Space

    Zaha Hadid designs buildings that seem to defy the laws of gravity. The Iraqi-born architect, who was trained and lives in London, is known for visionary compositions of fragmentary, overlapping spaces that sweep the viewer up in restless, swirlin...

    by Leslie Camhi on March 30, 1999
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    Of Marvels - Three Generations of Artists Break Strange Ground

    For years, choreographer Erick Hawkins and composer Lucia Dlugoszewski explored each other's minds and serene yet breath-caught sensibilities. His dances conversed with her music. She might let a burst of motion fall into silence, or create a thunder...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 30, 1999
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    Life Tale

    Through Sunday at the Joyce Theater, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company commemorates its 25th anniversary with Breathe Normally, a New York premiere. Jenkins, a West Coast modern dance innovator, continues her habit of collaborating with other emin...

    by Camille Hardy on March 30, 1999
  • On the Verge - The Humana Festival Presses Its Limits

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    On the Verge - The Humana Festival Presses Its Limits

    Louisville Has the Actors Theatre of Louisville gone avant-garde? While that might be overstating matters, there's no denying that the 23rd annual Humana Festival of New American Plays marked a significant departure from the kind of Southern-fried ...

    by Charles McNulty on March 30, 1999
  • Who's Sorry Now?

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    Who's Sorry Now?

    Even on the carpet their booted feet make a noise. The black-clad Iron Guard of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging are marching in. Swastikas on their arms, they are here to support their leader, Eugene Terre'Blanche, who is giving evidence a...

    by Giles Foden on March 30, 1999
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    Novelist Novelty

    What's this stuff you say about the consumptive nature of love, anyway?" That's the musical question writer-translator Lorie Marie Carlson asks Oscar Hijuelos on the 32-song lit-rock compilation CD Stranger Than Fiction (Don't Quit Your Day Job/Oglio...

    by David Marc Fischer on March 30, 1999
  • Tourist Trapped

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    Tourist Trapped

    What does a visit to Auschwitz today have in common with a trip to Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio? Well, you pay for parking, get the map, and take the rides. Writer- performer Lisa Kron zigzags frenetically between the two in her one-w...

    by Sightlines on March 30, 1999
  • A Spectre Calls

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    A Spectre Calls

    Der m leve gjengangere hele lande utover. . . . Og ser vi s gudsjammerlig lysredde alle sammen. [There must be ghosts living all over this country . . . And then we're all of us so godawfully afraid of the light.] Ibsen, Ghosts On the...

    by Michael Feingold on March 30, 1999
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    Queen of Hearts

    Perhaps the most appalling moment in the recent history of Western democracy was watching the British mourn Princess Diana. The spectacle of millions of people weeping for their historical oppressors the monarchy and the aristocracy got pretty ...

    by Brian Parks on March 30, 1999
  • The Odd Couplet

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    The Odd Couplet

    Most long poems blend lyric and narrative, the impulse to embody the self in language and the drive to tell others' stories. Nineteen ninety-eight brought a spate of book-length poems namely W.S. Merwin's The Folding Cliffs, C.D. Wright's Deepstep C...

    by Steve Burt on March 23, 1999
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