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  • Home Games

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    Home Games

    Wilde said of society, "To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy." The two video clerks of Jessica Goldberg's interestingly fractured play Stuck might agree. The main difference between this hackneyed pair of misfits and ...

    by Sightlines on January 26, 1999
  • Show Me the Money

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    Show Me the Money

    It's like a death in the family. I mean, MJ is gone. For a decade and a half he's lived in a section of the collective consciousness marked Ubiquitous, alongside Sinatra and Picasso and Brando. Unleashing Baryshnikovian dunks, slicing through Nike co...

    by Touré on January 26, 1999
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    Slackjaw

    New York Press staff writer Jim Knipfel has been losing his sight by degrees all his life, and he's been writing about himself for newspapers for the last decade or so. Billed as the story of his blindness, his book is really a disjointed memoir pie...

    by Douglas Wolk on January 26, 1999
  • Iffy Situations

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    Iffy Situations

    If I could write these columns in differing shapes, this one would look like a medal for bravery, to be awarded to JoAnne Akalaitis. Not that Akalaitis has done everything right in her staging of Euripides' two Iphigenia plays; much of it is an awkwa...

    by Michael Feingold on January 26, 1999
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    Ex Arcadia

    Pastorale (HERE), Deborah Eisenberg's dawdling audit of '70s world-weariness, actually falls into the tradition of the antipastoral. Eisenberg's characters are not modern glosses on bucolic shepherds and shepherdesses, but a city-bred clan immune ...

    by Alexis Soloski on January 26, 1999
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    The Colors in Gray - Dancing in a Winter Wonderland

    Hail January! The New York City Ballet packs away its Nutcracker and gets on with the business of celebrating its 50th anniversary. The enticingly packaged season groups ballets according to composers or national flavors (the January 28 French progra...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 19, 1999
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    Face Time

    APAP is the auto show of the arts," snorts Downtown dancer Aaron Landsman, describing the marathon event sponsored by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Thousands of presenters from colleges and civic auditoriums around the country conver...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on January 19, 1999
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    Sex Marks the Spot

    "No two people understand each other," wrote Joseph Conrad. "They can but hear each other's voices." Writing for a prudish Victorian public as he did, Conrad didn't add that sex, the most communicative of two-person activities, can also be the most s...

    by Michael Feingold on January 19, 1999
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    Greenhouse Effect

    Susan Glaspell's 1921 psychodrama The Verge (Looking Glass Theatre) belongs to a tired artistic tradition that goes something like this: if talent doesn't spin your wheels, maybe madness will do the trick. Claire Archer is a woman born of good st...

    by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on January 19, 1999
  • Controlled Freak

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    Controlled Freak

    Conspiracy lit is hardly known for concision. Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 is the brilliant exception in a subgenre more usually exemplified by such triumphs of cabalistic overkill as Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus Trilogy, Edward Whittem...

    by Richard Gehr on January 19, 1999
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    The Truth in Rented Rooms

    Remember how the Beats traded the order of '50s America for the liberatory order of Eastern religions? Koon Woon inverts and rethinks that trade: born in a small village in 1949 China, he listens to the edge of America, pours Cantonese nouns into a S...

    by Edie Meidav on January 19, 1999
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    The Poet in New York

    Though T.S. Eliot's writing always seems to aspire to the conditions of drama, his plays rarely wind up in the hands of someone who can endow them with vivid theatrical life. Ironically, Eliot's biggest stage success may have been Fiona Shaw and Deb ...

    by Sightlines on January 19, 1999
  • Classic Act - Barry Edelstein Takes Over CSC

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    Classic Act - Barry Edelstein Takes Over CSC

    When Classic Stage Company announced last month that Uma Thurman would be joining the cast of The Misanthropefollowing CSC's sold-out run of Godot with John Turturro, Tony Shaloub, and Christopher Lloydit seemed as if the theater's new artistic dir...

    by Francine Russo on January 19, 1999
  • Murder Ink

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    Murder Ink

    One never can get at the thing itself. That is the fascination of murder as a subject, and why it lends itself to all kinds of renderings," Wendy Lesser speculates in Pictures at an Execution, her 1993 study of our literary and tabloid fascination wi...

    by Eric Weisbard on January 19, 1999
  • An American Family - 'Duane Hanson: A Survey of His Work From the '30s to the '90s'

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    An American Family - 'Duane Hanson: A Survey of His Work From the '30s to the '90s'

    They're all wearing underpants. This either means that Duane Hanson thought his superrealistic sculptures of ordinary people were real enough that they deserved their dignity, or that he felt the degree of illusion he wanted required the inclusion of...

    by Jerry Saltz on January 12, 1999
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    Apron Strings

    Although he no longer lives at home, photographer Peter Monroe includes himself in the deadpan documentary series he calls "Mama's Boy!," now at OK Harris (383 West Broadway, through February 6). All the other photos are of grown men who live with th...

    by Vince Aletti on January 12, 1999
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    Pleasure Principles - Those Feet Were Meant for Dancing

    When I walk into a theater to see an event billed as dance, I'm prepared to find performers talking a blue streak or singing or potting daisies or performing slow, painful tasks. But when I see something good that also reminds me what dancing can be ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 12, 1999
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    Bare Fictions

    Yanira Castro, Maura Nguyen Donohue, and Mei-Yin Ng all arrived on these shores in 1993 or 1994. Their concert "Bare" (La MaMa, closed) suggests that's the only thing they have in common. Castro's work is intellectual (Vulgar is inspired by Kierke...

    by Chris Dohse on January 12, 1999
  • French Kisses

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    French Kisses

    Recently, I publicly read a story of mine about a man and woman whose experiments with sexual role-playing go awry when the woman feels the man is abusing her. She becomes frightened, then angry; they fight, reconcile, and go to sleep in each other's...

    by Mary Gaitskill on January 12, 1999
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    Mister Satan's Apprentice

    The life of the musician on the road is by law supposed to be about geography blurrily shooting past and an endless stream of faces, few of them remembered. But it's quite a different experience in Adam Gussow's Mister Satan's Apprentice, in which...

    by R.J. Smith on January 12, 1999
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