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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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    Second Sight

    It's loosely based on the whore of Babylon," says Lisa Giobbi, describing a new solo, Babylon, in which she dons a red dress and rides a fabric swing tied to the rafters of the Joyce Theater. "First I'm thinking, what fun to be a hot babe in Babylon!...

    by Christopher Reardon 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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    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
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    Troupe Dreams

    Meet Stephen Melendez, age 12, a precious kid teetering on the brink of adolescence. When he's not rooting for the Jets, solving math problems, or shepherding his younger sister to and from school, he's often practicing pirouettes. Lately it's paying...

    by Christopher Reardon on December 29, 1998
  • Yiddish Dreams

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    Yiddish Dreams

    How tempting it is to claim, as one gets swept into the fervor of the small community of non-Hasidic Yiddish speakers in America, that the once-belittled and murdered language is making a comeback. Not that it's really possible to imagine that a few ...

    by Alisa Solomon 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
  • 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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    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
  • 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
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    In the Pond

    In the Pond, Ha Jin's first novel, is slender almost to the point of fable. Shao Bin is a talented calligraphist and painter working at a maintenance job in the northern Chinese commune of Dismount Fort, ready to speak out against injustice after ...

    by Ed Park on December 29, 1998
  • Christmas Candy - Treats Wholesome and Otherwise

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    Christmas Candy - Treats Wholesome and Otherwise

    We know this world pierced by beams of smoky light and besieged by crashes of electronic music. Its denizens are beautiful, fierce, and obsessed with sex. Women wield legs like pincers. Usually we never find out why they're so het up; they just are. ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 29, 1998
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    Taking It Apart - Radical Expats Drop by New York

    Seeing the ballets William Forsythe has contributed to various American companies is no substitute for watching the dancers in his own Ballett Frankfurt define his thornily intellectual structures. In the dazzling full-evening Eidos: Telos, shown at ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 22, 1998
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    Digging Deep

    Susan Marshall likens the process of choreographing The Most Dangerous Room in the House a 75-minute dance-theater piece playing at BAM's Majestic Theater December 16 through 20 to excavating. In the studio, she sees her role as uncovering what's a...

    by Jody Sperling on December 22, 1998
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    Sister Act

    Wendy Osserman, a thoughtful, intelligent Smith College alumna, makes dances with gentle physicality and acerbic wit. In her Re:Sisters, which reopens at Dance Theater Workshop December 17, six distinctive women speak and move through an hour-long, m...

    on December 22, 1998
  • Going Dutch

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    Going Dutch

    While the Booker prize given to Amsterdam last month honors the year's "best novel" by a writer from the old British Empire, Ian McEwan's natural milieu is not Britannia but Europe: he writes books that are ready for export, embodying the progressive...

    by Paul Elie on December 22, 1998
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    The Hellbox

    To hell with poetry:/life's more important," declares Greg Delanty in The Hellbox, his fourth collection of poems. This half-truth is less a dismissal than a riff on the dispute between living fully and thinking deeply, and between physical and intel...

    by Diane Mehta on December 22, 1998
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