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  • Shining Through

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    Shining Through

    Two rooms of the dozen or so in this Mark Rothko retrospective will rock you. Maybe others will, too, depending on your susceptibility and appetite. Rothko was always onto something, usually an insinuating quality of light, even in his gawky early fi...

    by Peter Schjeldahl on October 6, 1998
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    Hide and Speak

    What the literary world really wants from novelist Marianne Wiggins is a memoir about her marriage to Salman Rushdie. It was Wiggins, after all, who lived in hiding with Rushdie after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued him a fatwah upon the publication of...

    by Meghan Daum on October 6, 1998
  • Past Shock

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    Past Shock

    Written in 1978, John Guare's Marco Polo takes place in a 1999 that still seems fairly distant, though some of Guare's predictions are amazingly close to the mark in their off-kilter way. Like all good futurology, though, Guare's comedy is chiefly co...

    by Michael Feingold on October 6, 1998
  • Middle Passage - A Radical Artist Evolves

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    Middle Passage - A Radical Artist Evolves

    Bill T. Jones has moved through life making people mad. He fully understands the artist's role as provocateur. So it's ironic that We Set Out Early...Visibility Was Poor, opening at BAM on Tuesday, may anger people simply because it isn't provocative...

    by H.B. Kronen on October 6, 1998
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    No Cigar?

    Bill Clinton isn't the only one with a "lower half problem," as Japanese newspapers call it. Sarah Lucas makes art that indulges in adolescent gratifications, self-destructive impulses, and salacious innuendo. But the naughty London artist--whose las...

    by Kim Levin on October 6, 1998
  • Talk Is Cheap

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    Talk Is Cheap

    Teenage girls got me to watch Jerry Springer, but Joshua Gamson taught me how to watch him. At the high school where I teach, South Park's Cartman is a folk hero for boys, whereas the young women offer encyclopedic recall of Springer's R-rated Too Ho...

    by Jesse Berrett on October 6, 1998
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    Stagestruck

    In novels such as People in Trouble and Rat Bohemia, Sarah Schulman argued that homophobia leads to an institutionalized callousness toward people with AIDS. Her new, nonfiction Stagestruck takes the opposite perspective, examining how the most perva...

    by Michael Paller on October 6, 1998
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    Bearing Up

    I know all about life and death. I am, after all, a scholar of Donne's Holy Sonnets,'' Kathleen Chalfant, as Dr. Vivian Bearing, announces magisterially near the start of Wit (MCC Theater). In fact, she knows neither. Margaret Edson's dazzling first...

    by Francine Russo on October 6, 1998
  • Meta for Measure

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    Meta for Measure

    As a study in dissembling, with characters disguising themselves to reveal the hypocrisy of others, Measure for Measure must have been irresistible to David Herskovits: many of his previous productions with Target Margin Theater exposed the dupliciti...

    by Marc Robinson on October 6, 1998
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    Equinox

    James Kudelka isn't the most scintillating conversationalist, but his dances are never dull. Cruel World, a flurry of duets made for American Ballet Theatre in 1994, divided viewers, who saw either the paragon of partnering or the musings of a misant...

    by Christopher Reardon on October 6, 1998
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    Deathwish

    In The Weatherbox, a peculiarly likable though rough-around-the-edges meditation on the American family from Rattlestick, playwright Travis Baker hits so many uncomfortably true-to-life notes that his play frequently makes you feel like you forgot to...

    by James Oseland on October 6, 1998
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    Showing Soul

    When the members of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company hit the stage in excerpts from Talley Beatty's 1960 Come and Get the Beauty of It Hot and Donald Byrd's 1991 Dark Joy, they're 60 percent eye-grabbing technique and 40 percent attitude. Beatty pio...

    by Deborah Jowitt on October 6, 1998
  • Culture Shakes

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    Culture Shakes

    Spiritually as well as geographically on opposite sides of the same street, Ping Chong's Kwaidan and Anne Bogart's Culture of Desire seem to reach out and almost touch. Visually striking works by known Downtown artists, both are at heart simple, trad...

    by Michael Feingold on September 29, 1998
  • Field of Screams

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    Field of Screams

    At 29, Edwidge Danticat is, as the expression goes, in like a bullet. Her first two books, a story collection (Krik? Krak!) and a novel (Breath, Eyes, Memory), have earned her both literary and popular acclaim. Citations have come from sources as div...

    by Dale Peck on September 29, 1998
  • Beyond Human

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    Beyond Human

    Horses have a long history as dancers. A Renaissance prince with gold in his coffers and a major celebration looming could always commission a horse ballet. Its mass patterns transformed the tournament into art, further ritualizing the maneuvers of w...

    by Deborah Jowitt on September 29, 1998
  • Eastern Exposure - Curator Gao Minglu Brings the Chinese Avant-Garde West

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    Eastern Exposure - Curator Gao Minglu Brings the Chinese Avant-Garde West

    Globalization is the buzzword of the art biz in the 1990s. Istanbul and Sydney, Kwangju and Hong Kong, have become must-see stopovers for cell phonetoting curators and jet-setting dealers who would not be caught dead in Williamsburg in the name of m...

    by Barbara Pollack on September 29, 1998
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    In the Black

    When host Doug Elkins walked up the Joyce aisle in a tuxedo, bearing flowers for his consort (the fabulously endowed gender bender Varla Jean Merman), we knew the New York Dance and Performance Awards--founded in 1983, and familiarly known as the Bes...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on September 29, 1998
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    Drag King

    Richard III lurks amid the stage's rough-hewn boards, makeshift throne, and frolicsome courtiers. With a wry smile, she (yes, she) slips into her opening monologue. Surveying her shape, which she terms, "cheated of feature by dissembling nature," the...

    by Alexis Soloski on September 29, 1998
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    Youssef Chahine

    In Youssef Chahine's autobiographical Alexandria, Why? (1978), set during World War II, the young protagonist could not care less about the threat of Rommel's army closing in on his port city. Yehia's a Hollywood musical freak; his dreams are of goin...

    by Elliott Stein on September 29, 1998
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    Indian Corn

    The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (Provincetown Playhouse, September 25 through 27) brings to an Iroquois creation legend the naive charm and visual imagination that are the hallmarks of master puppeteer and mask-maker Ralph Lee, designer and director ...

    by Francine Russo on September 29, 1998
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