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    The Coffin Corner

    More intentionally shocking than intentionally amusing," warns director Scott Shattuck about Joe Orton's Loot (Cocteau Rep). Well, maybe that was true at the play's 1965 debut, but at a recent Saturday matinee not far from the millennium, a blue-hair...

    by Francine Russo on January 5, 1999
  • A Final Curtain - Los Kabayitos Exits the New CSV

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    A Final Curtain - Los Kabayitos Exits the New CSV

    Michael Romanyshyn choked back tears as he stood beneath the colorful, cherub-bedecked proscenium at Los Kabayitos Puppet Theater in late November, delivering his farewell speech as the theater's director. "Just whose city is this city?" he asked, ad...

    by Alisa Solomon on January 5, 1999
  • New Channels

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    New Channels

    TV is great even when it's loathsome, bathing us in images of electric light and fantasy. Or, is it that TV is loathsome even when it's great, inducing passivity and schizoid decay? Whatever, researchers report that the average American household wat...

    by Jerry Saltz on January 5, 1999
  • Stage Presents - It's a Good Time To Stay Off-BroadwayŚ Even on CD

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    Stage Presents - It's a Good Time To Stay Off-Broadway Even on CD

    Yeah, I know, I should have filed this column before Christmas. Tell it to the producers who spent November and December opening plays I could mostly have lived without. Still, if you found some cash in your stocking last week you may want a list of ...

    by Michael Feingold on January 5, 1999
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    Consumer Guide

    Though an American edition is due out in early April, fashion insiders and magazine mavens can't wait for Alexey Brodovitch, Editions Assouline's luxe portfolio of the influential art director's work. The book's French version, lugged back by design ...

    by Vince Aletti on January 5, 1999
  • Stell-a-a-a!

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    Stell-a-a-a!

    This is a minority opinion, but Andr Previn was not run over by Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. I was convinced of that at San Francisco Opera's world premiere of Previn's Streetcar last September, and the conviction seemed reinforced...

    by Leighton Kerner on January 5, 1999
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    Just Folks

    Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie traveled across America like a guitar-strumming 20th-century Walt Whitman. He roamed from his birthplace in the Oklahoma hills to the dust bowls of Texas and on to the promised land of California, eventually journe...

    by Charles McNulty on January 5, 1999
  • Wife Sentences

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    Wife Sentences

    Who does John Bayley that's Mr. Iris Murdoch to you think he is? Leo-nard Woolf, one would guess, the talented-if-not-quite-brilliant husband of a brilliant-if-not-quite-self-sufficient writer; perhaps he even thinks of himself as a Browning, an eq...

    by Dale Peck on January 5, 1999
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    Bring Us the Old People

    Ibergekumene tsores iz gut tsu dertseylin: "Troubles overcome are good to tell." Marisa Kantor Stark's first novel admirably follows this Yiddish proverb by chronicling a difficult survival and its costliness. Narrated by Maime, a 92-year-old in ...

    by Ellen Miller on January 5, 1999
  • Open House

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    Open House

    It is about time the world got to see Reverend Al Sharpton's houseplants, and, thanks to the color photographs in Dominique Nabokov's New York Living Rooms, there is his philodendron. We also get a look at Nan Goldin's wood floors, Philip Glass's cha...

    by Toni Schlesinger on January 5, 1999
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    Fashion Victims

    Now that even Kate Moss has OD'd on too much fabulosity, Bret Easton Ellis has knocked out a Days of Whine and Poses for everyone who worships at the shrine of Prada. The designer line is mentioned so often in Glamorama that you wonder if Ellis cut s...

    by Rhonda Lieberman on January 5, 1999
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    Dont Let Go - Choreographers Carry That Weight

    To be a parent is to squelch your what-ifs before you go nuts. "What if he drowns?" "What if a stranger drags her into a car?" Susan Marshall's tender and haunting piece, The Most Dangerous Room in the House, presented at BAM Majestic, is built on su...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 5, 1999
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    Extensions

    From Sinner Man to Othello to Mr. Bojangles, Desmond Richardson keeps finding new avenues for his awesome dancing talent. He rocked City Center with explosive, riveting performances when he was barely out of his teens, juicing up the Alvin Ailey repe...

    by Susan Reiter on January 5, 1999
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    Zebra Lives - Sarah JonesAwhirl in Races Unstable Dance

    Behold the paradox of the Nuyorican Poets, an achingly familiar '90s cultural trope: If you rail against the establishment with enough cutting-edge righteous anger, then maybe someone will buy your screenplay. Now behold 25-year-old solo performer an...

    by James Hannaham on January 5, 1999
  • Read All About It! - Dancers on the Page

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    Read All About It! - Dancers on the Page

    The dance boom of the '70s sparked more than proliferating companies, public interest in the art, and better pay for dancers. Even in the lean, mean '90s, many more dance books are being published than were 25 years ago. Small houses and university p...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 5, 1999
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    An Honest Buck

    You probably never wanted to know all that much about Pearl S. Buck, whose billion-seller The Good Earth, followed by a dozen other novels set in China, propelled her to a Nobel Prize as well as a permanent niche in the heart of the Book-of-the-Mon...

    by Michael Feingold on January 5, 1999
  • Bio Hazard

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    Bio Hazard

    Smarter, funnier, and more "meta" than the overhyped David Foster Wallace novel, Infinite Jest, Bruce Sterling's Distraction doesn't suffer the genre-inferiority complex Wallace labored under when he and his publishers used the marketing term metafic...

    by Carol Cooper on December 29, 1998
  • Rites of Man

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    Rites of Man

    The desire of American musical comedy to shed its laughter and become "music theater" has always puzzled me. There was never anything to prevent the genre from taking on whatever topic, tone, or technique it chose. Parade, the latest musical offering...

    by Michael Feingold on December 29, 1998
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    Paper Dolls

    The most astonishing moment in Mercy (Vineyard Theatre) occurs midway in Act 2, when a new arrival during the play's Upper West Side dinner party alludes to Sarah's career as a documentary filmmaker and Isobel's work as a writer. Yet for nearly an...

    by Francine Russo on December 29, 1998
  • Out of the Past - Among the Exiles With Fazal Sheikh

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    Out of the Past - Among the Exiles With Fazal Sheikh

    In his extraordinary new book, The Victor Weeps: Afghanistan, photographer Fazal Sheikh writes about his first night at the refugee settlement of Bizen Khel in northern Pakistan. His companions are the village's Afghan Muslim elders, all former Mujah...

    by Vince Aletti on December 29, 1998
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