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    Cagey

    Come view the monster on Death Row. He's safe step closer . . . closer. . . . In So, I Killed a Few People . . . (Piano Store), writers David Summers (who performs) and Gary Ruderman (who directs) play with the distance emotional, metaphorical, and...

    by Francine Russo on December 8, 1998
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    Heaven Knows

    Wolfgang Tillmans's third exhibition in New York is his best. He's moving beyond one of the more ubiquitous aesthetics of the 1990s, one he helped establish: the anything-young-is-good school of photography, an outgrowth of the apotheosis-of-the-snap...

    by Jerry Saltz on December 1, 1998
  • Days of the Dead

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    Days of the Dead

    For better or worse, my being was permanently altered by my adolescent encounter with the Grateful Dead in the early 1980s. Murky days for the band for sure, but the shows my teenage drug buddies and I caught throughout California poured psychedelic ...

    by Erik Davis on December 1, 1998
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    Rich and Strange - Three Women Ignite Asian Traditions

    Two men smooth their hands over each other's bodies. They slide into an embrace, interlocking as formally as the twin halves of a yin/yang symbol. What makes their actions startling on the stage of the BAM Majestica stamping ground, after all, of av...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 1, 1998
  • Freeway Threeway

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    Freeway Threeway

    The gay-guystraight-woman friendship device is an unfortunately resilient clich. But Snakebit (Naked Angels), in which Michael and Jennifer are the platonic friends wondering what it is with men, deserves to be cut some slack, since author David Ma...

    by Sightlines on December 1, 1998
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    Diva-lution

    Sandra Bernhards one-woman show, I'm Still Here...Damn It!, reminds me of a comment a friend made about Nathan Lane after leaving Mizlansky/Zilinsky at intermission: "He's like a spice, not a meal." Bernhard also has the character actor's curse. T...

    by James Hannaham on December 1, 1998
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    Needlework

    Trainspotting (Players Theatre), director Harry Gibson's bleak adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel, drips with all the gritty gross-outs and drug- addled philosophies of its source. It even has all the plummiest linessays one character of his deale...

    by Alexis Soloski on December 1, 1998
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    Def Jam

    I don't define improvisation," says Sondra Loring, curator of the seventh annual Improvisation Festival/NY. "I leave that to the artists." More than 80 from around the world will appear in a two-week blitz of performances, jams, classes, workshops,...

    by Jody Sperling on December 1, 1998
  • Felt and Unfelt

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    Felt and Unfelt

    When Waiting for Godot arrived in America in 1956, even amid the glossy materialism of boom-time suburbia its barren landscape seemed a natural reflection of the barren spiritual landscape of the era. What made Godot's influence spread with such amaz...

    by Michael Feingold on December 1, 1998
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    Black Theater Honors

    With no Technicolor competition, there can be no multicolor progress," costume designer Marcel Christian reminded his fellow nominees, as he accepted a 1998 AUDELCO Award for his work on Julius Caesar in Africa. His lanky, double-breasted stride acro...

    by Charles McNulty on December 1, 1998
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    God of the Rodeo

    Louisiana's Angola penitentiary has become the Alcatraz of the '90s. Sister Helen Prejean's Dead Man Walking and Life Sentences by inmate Wilbert Rideau number among several recent books that suggest Angola is the meanest, baddest patch of hell in ou...

    by Albert Mobilio on December 1, 1998
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    Follow the Leader

    While a number of African American women in the race movement have accused their male counterparts of sexism in recent years, few have done so as authoritatively as Hazel Carby in this groundbreaking book. Critiquing the role of masculinity in the wo...

    by Maurice Berger on December 1, 1998
  • Nude Awakening

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    Nude Awakening

    Fashion photographers have always flirted with nudity, partly for its uplifting echo of the classic ideal, partly for its transgressive kick in the midst of a magazine's usual expanse of overdressed flesh. But, at a moment when fashion photos seem to...

    by Vince Aletti on December 1, 1998
  • Flat Land - Richard Maxwell Sets Up House at P.S. 122

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    Flat Land - Richard Maxwell Sets Up House at P.S. 122

    Richard Maxwell likes to call his plays musicals, "just to piss people off." "That's not a reason to do theater, Rich," actor Yehuda Duenyas tsks. "But why aren't they musicals?" counters Maxwell, whose curiously flat creations bear little resemblanc...

    by Margot Ebling on November 24, 1998
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    Solid Gold

    Garth Fagan doesn't need to think about creating positive images of African Americans onstage; his dance style itself is empowering. The glorious dancers he has trained come across as both passionate and profoundly cool. No attitude detracts from wha...

    by Deborah Jowitt on November 24, 1998
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    Soul Sisters

    It feels a little old-fashioned to talk about spirituality in dance, but as choreographer Dianne McIntyre points out, "it's kind of avant-garde. There hasn't been that much encouragement for the expression of spirituality in art. So to come right out...

    by Kristin Eliasberg on November 24, 1998
  • Virginia Territory

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    Virginia Territory

    In his previous two novels, Michael Cunningham established himself as the preeminent chronicler of paralyzing self-consciousness. A Home at the End of the World and Flesh and Blood focused on gay men and suburban mothers, characters whose particular ...

    by David Kurnick on November 24, 1998
  • Public Relations

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    Public Relations

    Our nation's current fixation with sex scandal has made it a fitting year for Federico Garca Lorca's centennial. If anything characterizes the theatrical oeuvre of this Spanish master, it's his constant exposing of the painful absurdity of society's...

    by Ed Morales on November 24, 1998
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    Natural Herstory

    I've seen the face of lesbian camp: she's the frumpy, obsessive museum guide who leads audiences through Sharon Hayes's meditation on American dyke cultures, The Lesbian (DTW). The mixed- media solo show is a delightful semi-autobiographical account...

    by Rachel Mattson on November 24, 1998
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    Making the Cut

    No one gets out of Kara Walker's world alive, not even the artist. In one of her characteristic, nearly life-size black silhouettes in cut paper, a naked black girl kneels to suck the cock of a white slaver. We're already in deep water. He has the cl...

    by Jerry Saltz on November 24, 1998
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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 >>

Free Verse: A New York Miscellany Free Verse: A New York Miscellany

Samuel Taylor Coleridge famously drew a line: "prose — words in their best order; poetry — the best words in their best order." Granted, Coleridge was a poet, not to… More >>

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