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    Borough Hall

    The home is past," Theodor Adorno wrote in an essay on the melancholy of late 20th-century transience. It seems he'd never been to Brooklyn, however. Though domesticity may be a luxury in cramped Manhattan, in that more generous borough it's widely a...

    by Leslie Camhi on January 26, 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
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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
  • 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
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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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    Tea Party

    We don't need another story by a woman who did drugs and all kinds of sex and wrote it down just to give a blow-by-blow. We do need The Passionate Mistakes and Intimate Corruption of One Girl in America, a wise, lyrical, autobiographical first novel ...

    by Laurie Stone on January 12, 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
  • Lust Horizon

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    Lust Horizon

    The best-kept secret about sex has little to do with body parts. Hetero or homo, it's the mortal nature of erotic love that's strictly taboo. "Death," Blanche DuBois says, is "the opposite of desire," a line that remains the single best explanation f...

    by Charles McNulty 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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    Noh Business

    Everybody," according to the old joke, "has 20/20 hindsight." A.R. Gurney does, anyway. Set on a U.S. Navy base near Tokyo in 1955, Far East is Gurney's version of America's transactions with Asia since World War II Madame Butterfly meets Mailer's W...

    by Michael Feingold on January 12, 1999
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    Sex Shirkers

    The premise of Lyz! (Samuel Beckett Theater), a new musical adaptation of Aristophanes's Lysistrata, is not devoid of comic potential. In Giuliani's increasingly puritan New York, a group of women decide to withhold sex in protest against masculine...

    by Alexis Soloski on January 12, 1999
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