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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
  • 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
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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
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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
  • Founding Fodder

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    Founding Fodder

    Prior to the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin and his son William were not only parent and child, but also the closest of friends. Franklin was, of course, Franklin, but William was a star in his own right. Educated in England, William felt close...

    by Sightlines on January 12, 1999
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    Dont Let Go - Choreographers Carry That Weight

    To be a parent is to squelch your what-ifs before you go nuts. "What if he drowns?" "What if a stranger drags her into a car?" Susan Marshall's tender and haunting piece, The Most Dangerous Room in the House, presented at BAM Majestic, is built on su...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 5, 1999
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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
  • Divine Comedy

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    Divine Comedy

    Professor Paul Rudnick's course in Theology 101Essentials of Human Mythmakingis by far the most entertaining in our divinity school's current catalogue, though you may not come out of it as prepared as you might hope to take up a small-town pulpit....

    by Michael Feingold on January 5, 1999
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    The Coffin Corner

    More intentionally shocking than intentionally amusing," warns director Scott Shattuck about Joe Orton's Loot (Cocteau Rep). Well, maybe that was true at the play's 1965 debut, but at a recent Saturday matinee not far from the millennium, a blue-hair...

    by Francine Russo on January 5, 1999
  • A Final Curtain - Los Kabayitos Exits the New CSV

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    A Final Curtain - Los Kabayitos Exits the New CSV

    Michael Romanyshyn choked back tears as he stood beneath the colorful, cherub-bedecked proscenium at Los Kabayitos Puppet Theater in late November, delivering his farewell speech as the theater's director. "Just whose city is this city?" he asked, ad...

    by Alisa Solomon 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
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    Consumer Guide

    Though an American edition is due out in early April, fashion insiders and magazine mavens can't wait for Alexey Brodovitch, Editions Assouline's luxe portfolio of the influential art director's work. The book's French version, lugged back by design ...

    by Vince Aletti 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
  • Stell-a-a-a!

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    Stell-a-a-a!

    This is a minority opinion, but Andr Previn was not run over by Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. I was convinced of that at San Francisco Opera's world premiere of Previn's Streetcar last September, and the conviction seemed reinforced...

    by Leighton Kerner on January 5, 1999
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    Just Folks

    Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie traveled across America like a guitar-strumming 20th-century Walt Whitman. He roamed from his birthplace in the Oklahoma hills to the dust bowls of Texas and on to the promised land of California, eventually journe...

    by Charles McNulty on January 5, 1999
  • Wife Sentences

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    Wife Sentences

    Who does John Bayley that's Mr. Iris Murdoch to you think he is? Leo-nard Woolf, one would guess, the talented-if-not-quite-brilliant husband of a brilliant-if-not-quite-self-sufficient writer; perhaps he even thinks of himself as a Browning, an eq...

    by Dale Peck on January 5, 1999
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    Bring Us the Old People

    Ibergekumene tsores iz gut tsu dertseylin: "Troubles overcome are good to tell." Marisa Kantor Stark's first novel admirably follows this Yiddish proverb by chronicling a difficult survival and its costliness. Narrated by Maime, a 92-year-old in ...

    by Ellen Miller on January 5, 1999
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