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    Walter Kendrick, 19471998

    Walter Kendrick--who died Sunday morning with terrifying suddenness--was a great wit and a great scholar whose scholarship ranged freely over a staggering range of interests. His books include The Secret Museum, an indispensable survey of the history...

    by Geoffrey O'Brien on November 3, 1998
  • Porn of Plenty


    Porn of Plenty

    At a time when the sleaziest city in the world has been brought to its knees (or rather, up from its knees), Annie Sprinkle shows a lot of chutzpah in hosting her retrospective, Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn: Reel to Real at P.S. 122--i.e., not j...

    by Sightlines on November 3, 1998
  • Pride and Prejudice


    Pride and Prejudice

    Once and for all, the current crop of slave scholarship should put to rest the unspoken folk understanding of slavery as an aberration, a bizarre and inexplicable bad habit that whites had which was merely a hermetically sealed sidelight to all the t...

    by Debra Dickerson on October 27, 1998
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    The KGB Bar Reader

    Columbia admissions officer encounters a grad school applicant with the same name as her dead high school heartbreaker. A promiscuous Catholic-school girl lurches through the emptiness of her upper-middle-class world, and stumbles into a tender momen...

    by Hillary Rosner on October 27, 1998
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    Swindler's List

    Through corporate welfare and indirect subsidies, sports team owners alternately sweet-talk and bully their way to constructing new stadiums--at the expense of taxpayer and municipal social services. The price tag is expected to be $11 billion by the...

    by Athima Chansanchai on October 27, 1998
  • In-flight Ballet


    In-flight Ballet

    And you thought 19th-century ballet scenarios were illogical! If your mind doesn't instantly turn to crme caramel at the sight of masculine torsos emerging from feathered white bloomers, you may have a few questions about Matthew Bourne's smash-hit,...

    by Deborah Jowitt on October 27, 1998
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    Low Life

    In an old can factory down by Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, nine figures shuffle across a splintered floor with wedges of chalk tied to their feet. Some wear cardboard appendages, others swags of lemony fabric. This is the stuff dreams are made of, I thi...

    by Christopher Reardon on October 27, 1998
  • Erin Go Boom


    Erin Go Boom

    The West Belfast street crowd mills about you in the dark, cavernous space. Excited shouts break out, and you catch the contagious rush of danger as people tumble past. Amid clangor, smoke, and gunshots, you see a house suddenly alight and roughly wa...

    by Francine Russo on October 27, 1998
  • Farewell Column


    Farewell Column

    This is goodbye. After eight years with the Voice, I have been hired as the art critic of The New Yorker. Not long ago I wrote in these pages that to separate me from my column would be as simple as prying it from my cold, dead fingers. I meant that ...

    by Peter Schjeldahl on October 27, 1998
  • Blind Ambition


    Blind Ambition

    First, there's the sheer audacity: Dare Clubb has written a new Oedipus. Then there's the brazen ambition: the play takes on the Big Questions--the meaning of fate, free will, love, sex, humanity, violence, responsibility. The dailies have slammed th...

    by Alisa Solomon on October 27, 1998
  • Watch This Space


    Watch This Space

    Lately a quote keeps floating to the surface of my mind: "Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those who have no imagination?" If you don't recognize it, you probably haven't read, or need to reread, the epilogue to Shaw's Saint ...

    by Michael Feingold on October 27, 1998
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    The Jazz Singer

    When Wesla Whitfield sings, it's with the zing of a brushed cymbal, a quality that invigorates her entire repertoire. Though she's been appearing in Manhattan clubs--usually the Algonquin's Oak Room--for the past five years, she's now trying somet...

    by David Finkle on October 27, 1998
  • Texas Nativity


    Texas Nativity

    The issues come thickly layered, and by no means easy to disentangle. Terrence McNally has written a play on the story of Jesus, at points in which the teacher and his disciples are a band of homosexual men in contemporary America. The title, Corpus ...

    by Michael Feingold on October 20, 1998
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    Dream On

    Think of Bill T. Jones, and chances are you think of an angry man. In some of his politically charged pieces, even beauty seems to pose an enraged challenge (Can it avail? Must it die?). But We Set Out Early...Visibility Was Poor is a serene, beautif...

    by Deborah Jowitt on October 20, 1998
  • Thompson's Gift


    Thompson's Gift

    I was briefly offended at this exciting show by sounds of excellent jazz. They emanated from speakers in a room that contains dozens of small paintings and drawings, whose massed array did not rescue my mood. Bob Thompson's littlest pictures are some...

    by Peter Schjeldahl on October 20, 1998
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    Comb, Please

    Long black braids snake across the floor. Knotted webs of hair loop and bunch along the walls, tangling in lacy clumps to entrap an occasional woodchuck, bobcat, pheasant, coyote, wild turkey, or small songbird. On the floor, a tumble of straight bla...

    by Kim Levin on October 20, 1998
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    Best Western

    When San Francisco Ballet returns to City Center Tuesday, several of artistic director Helgi Tomasson's new recruits from abroad will be making local de buts. Yuan Yuan Tan and Lucia Lacarra have generated considerable buzz in San Francisco. They'll ...

    by Susan Reiter on October 20, 1998
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    Never-Never Land never seemed so strange and faraway as it does in Dario D'Ambrosi's The Dis-Adventures of Peter Pan vs. Captain Maldetto (La Mama). This latest Roman export from Teatro Patologico features a young Italian man on stilts as the defiant...

    by Charles McNulty on October 20, 1998
  • Of Mice and Men


    Of Mice and Men

    Deep inside the utopian womb that is the Times Square Disney store, amid a sea of smiling anthropomorphic creatures with happy little names, a lone voice comes barreling out of nowhere. "People! Do not shop in the Disney store! Save yourselves!" The ...

    by Stage Left on October 20, 1998
  • Vietnam Lore


    Vietnam Lore

    If there is one trait that characterizes the Vietnam-era reporting of American journalists--or the 80-odd mainstream journalists assembled here--it is the romance with ambiguity that runs like a purple thread among the lurid images of war. The soldi...

    by Carol Brightman on October 13, 1998
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Audra McDonald Brings Billie Holiday to Life in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Any theatergoer expecting in this revival of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill an excuse for an Audra McDonald concert won't find the singer's full-bodied, mellifluous voice here. Instead,… More >>

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 >>