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  • Blind Ambition


    Blind Ambition

    First, there's the sheer audacity: Dare Clubb has written a new Oedipus. Then there's the brazen ambition: the play takes on the Big Questions--the meaning of fate, free will, love, sex, humanity, violence, responsibility. The dailies have slammed th...

    by Alisa Solomon on October 27, 1998
  • Watch This Space


    Watch This Space

    Lately a quote keeps floating to the surface of my mind: "Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those who have no imagination?" If you don't recognize it, you probably haven't read, or need to reread, the epilogue to Shaw's Saint ...

    by Michael Feingold on October 27, 1998
  • Article

    The Jazz Singer

    When Wesla Whitfield sings, it's with the zing of a brushed cymbal, a quality that invigorates her entire repertoire. Though she's been appearing in Manhattan clubs--usually the Algonquin's Oak Room--for the past five years, she's now trying somet...

    by David Finkle on October 27, 1998
  • Texas Nativity


    Texas Nativity

    The issues come thickly layered, and by no means easy to disentangle. Terrence McNally has written a play on the story of Jesus, at points in which the teacher and his disciples are a band of homosexual men in contemporary America. The title, Corpus ...

    by Michael Feingold on October 20, 1998
  • Article

    Dream On

    Think of Bill T. Jones, and chances are you think of an angry man. In some of his politically charged pieces, even beauty seems to pose an enraged challenge (Can it avail? Must it die?). But We Set Out Early...Visibility Was Poor is a serene, beautif...

    by Deborah Jowitt on October 20, 1998
  • Thompson's Gift


    Thompson's Gift

    I was briefly offended at this exciting show by sounds of excellent jazz. They emanated from speakers in a room that contains dozens of small paintings and drawings, whose massed array did not rescue my mood. Bob Thompson's littlest pictures are some...

    by Peter Schjeldahl on October 20, 1998
  • Article

    Comb, Please

    Long black braids snake across the floor. Knotted webs of hair loop and bunch along the walls, tangling in lacy clumps to entrap an occasional woodchuck, bobcat, pheasant, coyote, wild turkey, or small songbird. On the floor, a tumble of straight bla...

    by Kim Levin on October 20, 1998
  • Article

    Best Western

    When San Francisco Ballet returns to City Center Tuesday, several of artistic director Helgi Tomasson's new recruits from abroad will be making local de buts. Yuan Yuan Tan and Lucia Lacarra have generated considerable buzz in San Francisco. They'll ...

    by Susan Reiter on October 20, 1998
  • Article


    Never-Never Land never seemed so strange and faraway as it does in Dario D'Ambrosi's The Dis-Adventures of Peter Pan vs. Captain Maldetto (La Mama). This latest Roman export from Teatro Patologico features a young Italian man on stilts as the defiant...

    by Charles McNulty on October 20, 1998
  • Of Mice and Men


    Of Mice and Men

    Deep inside the utopian womb that is the Times Square Disney store, amid a sea of smiling anthropomorphic creatures with happy little names, a lone voice comes barreling out of nowhere. "People! Do not shop in the Disney store! Save yourselves!" The ...

    by Stage Left on October 20, 1998
  • Vietnam Lore


    Vietnam Lore

    If there is one trait that characterizes the Vietnam-era reporting of American journalists--or the 80-odd mainstream journalists assembled here--it is the romance with ambiguity that runs like a purple thread among the lurid images of war. The soldi...

    by Carol Brightman on October 13, 1998
  • Article

    Pared Down

    Do that again and I'll scream,'' says the mother. Hooked on repetition, the child is startled. Faced with extreme repetitiveness in music or dance, audiences tend to swing between these two extremes, either drawn in or driven nuts. The reiterated pat...

    by Deborah Jowitt on October 13, 1998
  • Victoria's Public


    Victoria's Public

    We make too much, nowadays, of Victorian repression. Like us, the Victorians loved crime and sexual scandal; to study the newspaper reports of famous cases is to be startled, quite often, by the explicitness of the details this ''repressed'' society ...

    by Michael Feingold on October 13, 1998
  • Article

    Mad Science - Three Chaos Junkies at the Kitchen

    A.P. chem was never like this. When physicists Anna Lenehan and Lorenz Boleslaw--adjusting oscilloscopes, pounding data into Powerbooks, and denying geometry, all in the name of scientific research--break through to the Chaos Zone, we're not just tal...

    by Margot Ebling on October 13, 1998
  • Article

    Pure Drivel

    The mystery of Steve Martin is that he can express intimate knowledge of the ways of the kitten while retaining machismo cred; eclipse that grumpy Mike Davis to write the published portrait of Los Angeles this year; dissect linguistics with the weigh...

    by Sarah Vowell on October 13, 1998
  • Article

    On Point

    Not even John Simon, in the midst of a spinal tap, could say anything mean about ''Live From the Edge Theatre'' (P.S. 122, closed). This attitudinal two-part variety show hails from the Bronx and germinated at the Point, a cultural center that has re...

    by James Hannaham on October 13, 1998
  • Article

    Show World

    A woozy intensity surrounds Susan Meiselas's gyrating images of carnival strippers from the early 1970s. Rawness prevails in this series of grainy black-and-white photographs of women who strip for a living at small-town American fairs. These pictur...

    by Alexandra Rowley on October 13, 1998
  • Millennial Rites - A Greek Director Updates the Eleusinian Mysteries


    Millennial Rites - A Greek Director Updates the Eleusinian Mysteries

    The Italian restaurant clatters with the din of New York at lunch. Director Vasilios Calitsis has stamped out a cigarette at the door and is now scarfing down pasta bolognese. In a few days, he'll be isolated with his actors in the mountains of his n...

    by Deborah Jowitt on October 13, 1998
  • Scents and Sensibility


    Scents and Sensibility

    Scents war and mingle in Shani Mootoo's evocative first novel Cereus Blooms at Night. Troubling the sultry air of a Caribbean village, with its reassuring smells of coal, decaying guavas, chicken coops, and periwinkle snails, are other scents that t...

    by Celia Wren on October 13, 1998
  • Article

    Word of Mouth - Amy Smith, Andrew Simonet, and David Brick run Philadelphia's Headlong Dance Theater, opening Thursday at DTW.

    Simonet: We didn't want to be in New York; we wanted our own studio and the time and space to concentrate. Brick: Experiment. Try stuff out. Smith: We're from the Richard BullCynthia NovackSusan Foster tradition of postmodern choreographic impr...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on October 13, 1998
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