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    Dreaming in Cuban

    In an attempt to avoid the charmless effect of two consecutive one-person shows, the American Place Theatre has turned its performance space into a Cuban caf, complete with rice and beans, rum punch, and memorial altars for the evening's pieces. Int...

    by Ed Morales on April 27, 1999
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    Return of the Crow

    During the course of a bafflingly brutalizing interview, a young man meekly asserts that his questioners seem to be speaking not only in a "foreign tongue... but a language at some remove from those with which [he is] most familiar." Words like "roga...

    by Charles McNulty on April 27, 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 Space...

    by Alexis Soloski on April 27, 1999
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    Follow the Money - Dance in a Global Economy

    Public funds for dance depend on which way political winds are blowing. During the Cold War, Republican and Democratic administrations found it expedient to fund danceboth for international touring and domestic consumptionto demonstrate our artisti...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on April 27, 1999
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    Southern Exposure

    A tiny ad in the dance section of the April 6 Voice invites choreographers to "present their work in Austria, France, Guatemala, Lithuania." I call the number, which has a Kentucky area code. The application materials that arrive look like a package...

    by Chris Dohse on April 27, 1999
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    Missionaries Dancing for Democracy

    In 1965, as Congress battled over whether the country needed an arts endowment, two congressmen reportedly pranced down the corridors, arms around each other's waists, chanting, "Hooray! I'm a Performing Art!" The U.S. has a history of considering th...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 27, 1999
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    Some Words

    The title Some Words brings to mind John Ashbery's first book, Some Trees, but whereas Ashbery is arch, baroque, and whimsical, Bronk is somber, classically simple, gnomic: "To live without solace is possible because/solace is trivial: none is enough...

    by Thad Ziolkowski on April 27, 1999
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    Money Managers - Dance on the Trading Floor

    Economic crises ricochet around the world, making evident-for better or for worse-the interconnected marketplace. Dance is similarly global: American presenters import artists from many nations. Ballet dancers manage their own overseas tours. Compani...

    by Kate Mattingly on April 27, 1999
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    All Grown Up

    Damn! The kids in Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech do look smart this season. In fact, it's time to stop thinking of them as kids just because they come up through Feld's free Ballet Tech School. The company members are no younger than many other ballet danc...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 20, 1999
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    Tiny Town

    Are economic woes or just a lack of inspiration responsible for the four flawed solos in this spring's "Fresh Tracks" six-item bill? Of the lot, only Michael Cecconi's challenging duet with Stephanie Liapis genuinely succeeds; Omar Rahim's ambitious ...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on April 20, 1999
  • Rock of Ages


    Rock of Ages

    In Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie's hero was born at the inception of India's independence. Ormus Cama, the expatriate protagonist of Rushdie's sprawling, omnivorous, and millennial The Ground Beneath Her Feet, is exactly the same age as another ...

    by Jonathan Lethem on April 20, 1999
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    Document Zippo

    Part artist's book, part deconstruction of various icky obsessions, L.A. Ruocco's Document Zippo deserves a spot on that short, groaty shelf devoted to the literature of abjection. From the first chaptera meditation on the narrator's stained underwe...

    by C. Carr on April 20, 1999
  • A Zone of Her Own


    A Zone of Her Own

    In her 3-D video, Nirvana (199697), Mariko Mori flies through the air with the greatest of easeright at you. Decked out in pseudo-Shinto, Star Wars high-priestess drag, Mori floats over a glimmering landscape like a holographic Madonna, moving her ...

    by Jerry Saltz on April 20, 1999
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    Seeing Eye

    No doubt, visual experiences that introduce new concepts or enhance perception Renaissance paintings' linear perspective, pointillism's benday dot forays, and constructivism's dimensionless renderingsadapt the brain's cognitive capabilities. Giv...

    by Sue Spaid on April 20, 1999
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    Love Child

    Enrico Labayen, whose Labayen Dance/SF performs at Columbia's Miller Theater Wednesday through Saturday, has always been in a hurry. At 13, the Manila-born dancer-choreographer couldn't wait to get away from home. Dropping out of school and leaving 1...

    by Rita Felciano on April 20, 1999
  • Nam de Plume


    Nam de Plume

    Worlds succumb to shell shock, just as people do, in The Dragon Hunt, the first story collection by Vietnamese writer Tran Vu to appear in English. From the hallucinatory title novella, a meditation on guilt and self-destruction in his native land, t...

    by Celia Wren on April 20, 1999
  • Czech Marks


    Czech Marks

    Ah, Kafkaland that world of nameless crimes, faceless bureaucrats, loose women, doomed men, dust, and decay. Synaesthetic Theatre, an ambitious clutch of recent NYU Experimental Theatre Wing grads, journey to those paranoiac shores with Rot (Surf Re...

    on April 20, 1999
  • Domestic Affairs


    Domestic Affairs

    It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment in An Enemy of the People when Thomas Stockman crosses the line between standing up for principle and falling prey to obsession, between serving the people and separating himself from them, between defending dem...

    by Alisa Solomon on April 20, 1999
  • Literary Illusions


    Literary Illusions

    We've conquered the federal budget deficit, at least temporarily, but no one's doing anything to stop the vast aesthetic shortfall accruing in our public entertainments. For instance, take Dream True, a handsome and neatly made work with many likable...

    by Michael Feingold on April 20, 1999
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    Body of Crime II

    Theodora Skipitares has never made puppet shows. Instead she fashions living sculptures, using actors and handmade figurines to create animated historical performances. Her new multimedia installation, Body of Crime II, occupies La MaMa's Annex sp...

    by Pamela Renner on April 20, 1999
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