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    Home Ech

    Perfect homes, deranged women amid the opulence of postwar suburbia, wives maintained facades of placid domesticity while controlling everything from their husbands' careers to the color of their draperies. Their houses were extensions of their bod...

    by Leslie Camhi on December 22, 1998
  • Sightlines

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    Sightlines

    Strip Polka As actors in the theater of postindustrial economy, we're all called upon to do a little song and dance to conceal the roots of our collective pathos. We're all former child stars bludgeoned by the ugly reality of celebrity culture and r...

    on December 22, 1998
  • Jingle Hells - Kiki and Herb's Blight Christmas

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    Jingle Hells - Kiki and Herb's Blight Christmas

    When boozy lounge lizard Kiki reels into a room, she's this close to a nervous breakdown. Kiki now appearing in Do You Hear What We Hear? at P.S. 122 is the damaged alter ego of Justin Bond, and her entrance is merely the beginning of trouble. Thea...

    by Laurie Stone on December 22, 1998
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    Heads and Tales

    Twenty-foot tall, papier-mch puppets can do no wrong. Let them recite stilted dialogue, let their movement vocabulary be limited to a shuffle and wave, let them read boring excerpts from The Communist Manifesto: it's absolutely delightful. Theater...

    by Alexis Soloski on December 22, 1998
  • Guare the Heart Is

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    Guare the Heart Is

    All great plays, they say, are about love the countless ways people care for each other, and the equally countless terrible things they do to, by, for, with, or at each other because they care. Since John Guare writes about people who care who do s...

    by Michael Feingold on December 22, 1998
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    Digital Wonderground

    The new Philip GlassRobert Wilson collaboration, Monsters of Grace (BAM), is an important experiment in virtual theater. A computer-animated 70mm film visible only through 3-D glasses, Monsters is about perception itself. The very first scene appear...

    by C. Carr on December 22, 1998
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    View Finders - The Seasons Best Photo Books

    Gift books, especially photographic ones, should be about pleasureabout that delicate balance of sensual and intellectual stimulation you'll find nowhere else but in the pages of a big picture book spread open in your lap. It's the sort of pleasure ...

    by Vince Aletti on December 15, 1998
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    Listen Up!

    The flamenco dancer duels with the floor. The Irish step dancer gives it an airy bit of slap and tickle. The tap dancer teases sounds out of it, playing the wood like a big instrument, listening to the way a light brush sounds after a no- nonsense as...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 15, 1998
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    Gypsy Blues

    When as a child I misbehaved, my mother's ultimate threat was to send me packing to the gypsies. Certainly she couldn't have had in mind the kind of gypsies who inhabit Ramon Oller's Bury Me Standing, a world premiere presented by Ballet Hispanico on...

    by Nancy Goldner on December 15, 1998
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    Word Up

    Stephen Petronio's 70-minute kinetic meditation on time, Not Garden, which opens Tuesday at the Joyce Theater, relies on word and body. In Amherst, Massachusetts, last month, much of the movement was swallowed up in the stylish staging, a problem tha...

    by H.B. Kronen on December 15, 1998
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    Bridge Work - Brooklyn's New Alternative Theater

    Walk down Williamsburg's North 6th Street and you may notice a purple light shining on the front of a brick warehouse. Push through the building's metal door, and you'll find yourself on a catwalk that borders a huge area filled with water. The shall...

    by Stephen Nunns on December 15, 1998
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    Midtown Tragedy

    Those of you who just tuned in probably think my headline alludes to Sophocles's play. On the other hand, my regular readersall junior partners with the fine old firm of Hypocrite Lecteur, Semblable & Frereprobably assume it's a setup for rude rema...

    by Michael Feingold on December 15, 1998
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    Fateful Love

    Diana Son's Stop Kiss (Public Theater) jangles and crackles like a clangorous New York street on a summer night; it bristles with cynical asides and wiseass retorts as it follows the meeting and mating of two women. Callie is the quintessential ...

    by Francine Russo on December 15, 1998
  • The Screens - All the World's a Cyber Stage: The State of Online Theater

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    The Screens - All the World's a Cyber Stage: The State of Online Theater

    Watery-looking clouds move haltingly across the computer screen. The Net-fed image, pixilating frequently into tiny, painterly cubes of digital cumulus, delights Rae C. Wright, the author of Art Thief a live performance made accessible to screens in...

    by Jessica Chalmers on December 8, 1998
  • Going Gold

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    Going Gold

    On October 11, 1948, Lincoln Kirstein's Ballet Society (two years old and boasting 800 subscribers) became the New York City Ballet. During its somewhat shaky first season at City Center half-filled houses at performances relegated to Monday and Tu...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 8, 1998
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    Brain Wave

    It's been so long since Ballett Frankfurt graced these shores that artistic director William Forsythe is known to many here only by his reputation as a radical wunderkind and heir to Balanchine. Recent commissions for the San Francisco Ballet and New...

    by Christopher Reardon on December 8, 1998
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    Old School Tie - Powell Puts Down Roots (and Sends Up Shoots) at Ailey

    Ailey dancer Troy O'Neil Powell, whose first choreography premieres next week at City Center, was nine years old the youngest in a family of six when company representatives came to East Harlem's P.S. 50 looking for a few good kids. They picked Pow...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on December 8, 1998
  • School of Paris

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    School of Paris

    Ever since New York supposedly stole the idea of modern art from Paris, we've tended to think of that former center of the art world as a loser. It was, however, never really a matter of theft. Modernism more or less packed itself up and emigrated he...

    by Kim Levin on December 8, 1998
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    War and Peace

    Hiroshi Sugito, 28, loves painting and painting alone. This makes him unique among the high-tech, hard-edge, Pop-oriented wizards who have emerged from Japan in the last decade. Sugito's depictions of a blissful, make-believe world marred by an alm...

    by Jerry Saltz on December 8, 1998
  • Broadways and Means

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    Broadways and Means

    In another era, on a different Broadway, I might not be so enthused about this revival of On the Town; you'll find quibbles in plenty below. But why kid ourselves? If a musical's supposed to transport you to another world, I'd rather be in the world ...

    by Michael Feingold on December 8, 1998
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