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    Mr. Clean

    As we grow older, we eagerly anticipate such moments of low-wattage sublimity as those that come from getting the kitchen really clean sparkling and smelling slightly of bleach. Such familiar, unsung domestic bliss is the source of George Stoll'...

    by Bill Arning on November 17, 1998
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    Voice Authors

    Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists From Vaudeville to Techno By Robert Christgau Harvard, 495 pp., $29.95 Robert Christgau loves rock--its fans, its "big beat," and last (but not most) the musicians themselves--and he loves rock...

    on November 10, 1998
  • Life On Mars - Exploring Roger Newton's Universe

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    Life On Mars - Exploring Roger Newton's Universe

    Newton makes photos that look like nothing so much as pure phenomena explosive abstractions in black and white that give the viewer no reference point in the physical world. It's as if his camera, lost in space, recorded the boiling cosmic stew or d...

    by Vince Aletti on November 10, 1998
  • Fine Young Animals

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    Fine Young Animals

    Sharply etched portraits in movement, language, sound, shadow, and light dominate this fall's strong Fresh Tracks roster. Five of the six works on the juried program look like solos, though the best of them are genuine collaborations. Mei-Yin Ng ...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on November 10, 1998
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    Nylon Venus

    Eric Dunlap, choreographer of Forward, pushes Alwin Nikolais's style into a kinky realm in Gion: the Sense of Skin (House of Candles, through November 22). Collaborator Holly Daggers drenches the cramped space with techno-ambient sound and an environ...

    by Chris Dohse on November 10, 1998
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    Millennium Moves

    The first section of Murray Louis's new dance, Millennium Loop, looks like a tribute to his late partner, Alwin Nikolais. Dancers sheathed in translucent unitards manipulate modular segments of a metallic fence before a polka-dotted scrim. They lunge...

    by Chris Dohse on November 10, 1998
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    Boyle Wonder

    Tn. Coraghessan Boyle has always worn his ego on his sleeve. From the earliest days of his career, he has taken on material most writers won't go near, doing so with a look-at-me grandeur of both conception and style. In his 1987 novel World's End, h...

    by David L. Ulin on November 10, 1998
  • A Model Life

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    A Model Life

    I knew there was something sad, something deeply disgusting, about this whole modeling business," writes Waris Dirie in her autobiography, Desert Flower, recalling her first assignment posing nude for an art calendar. In plain, sweet prose, Dirie,...

    by Lynn Yaeger on November 10, 1998
  • He'll Go On - John Turturro Plays Beckett's Serious Games

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    He'll Go On - John Turturro Plays Beckett's Serious Games

    John Turturro is fussing with his hat. But there's nothing trivial about his consternation: he's preparing to play Estragon in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Classic Stage Company, and anyone familiar with the play knows the Laurel and Har...

    by David Yaffe on November 10, 1998
  • Trial and Era

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    Trial and Era

    You can hardly compress a life into a two-hour play. One as rich with highs and lows as that of anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston her trajectory from the backwoods to the pinnacle of the Harlem Renaissance, then to slander and obscurity ...

    by James Hannaham on November 10, 1998
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    Gothic Revival

    If you want to take the fake-blood spirit and extend Halloween into a mini-season, then Frankenweiner (The Piano Store) is for you. A spoof on Frankenstein, the musical finds inspiration in Pygmalion spiced with Medusa imagine a kinkier, campier ver...

    by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on November 10, 1998
  • Three Easy Pieces

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    Three Easy Pieces

    In the old days, Broadway-goers called them "nice little plays" tidy, sequential, small-scale items about a crisis in the life of one little group. The matinee ladies adored them; men often felt out of place at them. Terence Rattigan, who wrote seve...

    by Michael Feingold on November 10, 1998
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    The Dobie Brothers

    Who is the title figure in Dobie McDobie (Flea Theater)? We'll never find out, because the alleged character in this faux narrative is an empty shell in a demented con game where the playing pieces are hollowed-out media formats: ad pitch, bio, TV n...

    by Francine Russo on November 10, 1998
  • The Rapture

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    The Rapture

    Donna Minkowitz's Ferocious Romance was especially helpful to me because I've been worried my loss of interest in sado-masochism means I'm not cool anymore. Like her, I'm amazed to learn that love is subtler than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick....

    on November 3, 1998
  • With the Little People

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    With the Little People

    A fairy shoe was brought to America by an Irish writer in the 1920s. Examination under a microscope at Harvard revealed tiny hand stitches, and the leather was identified as mouseskin. Sixty years earlier, an obscure Victorian artist, John Anster F...

    by Leslie Camhi on November 3, 1998
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    It's the Shit

    London There are several intelligent, deftly installed shows up in the city right now, including one of Picasso's ceramic work at the Royal Academy, the Aubrey Beardsley centenary exhibition at the Victoria & Albert, and the Hayward Gallery's "Addr...

    by Vince Aletti on November 3, 1998
  • Feel the Burn

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    Feel the Burn

    Sometimes the quietest images sear the mind. As Incidents, the first of Ronald K. Brown's three programs, begins, a woman (Torya Beard) sits on the floor, her head in Dafinah Blacksher's lap, while Blacksher plucks something--thorns, maybe--out of he...

    by Deborah Jowitt on November 3, 1998
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    Helgi Heaven

    Here's a thought, looking toward the year 2000. Perhaps ballet is returning to the pre-Balanchinian era, when star dancing took precedence over star choreography. This idea is prompted by American Ballet Theater's past spring season at the Met and t...

    by Nancy Goldner on November 3, 1998
  • California Scheming

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    California Scheming

    While Olympia Greene, the lightweight champion of the world, barks insults after knocking out a male competitor, her husband Rudolph sits meekly in the corner sewing. Ever since Mother Hubbard's revolutionary takeover of California, men have become s...

    by Charles McNulty on November 3, 1998
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    Last Call

    In the midst of William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life (Chain Lightning Theatre), McCarthy, an intellectual longshoreman, offers his critique of a would-be comedian's dance. "It's awful," he proclaims, "but it's honest and ambitious." Much the...

    by Alexis Soloski on November 3, 1998
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