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  • East Side Story


    East Side Story

    It's not about knishes, chow fun, cuchifritos, or cannoli. There's no paean to pushcarts, no elegy to Ellis Island. Indeed, The Secret History of the Lower East Side steers clear of those simple, sentimental signifiers of scrappy immigrants hell-bent...

    by Alisa Solomon on September 29, 1998
  • Purple Nipple


    Purple Nipple

    Lisa Yuskavage is an extravagantly deft painter in oils of cartoonish, often anatomically impossible bimbos, nymphets, and other female travesties with hypercharged libidos and the self-esteem of cat litter. Most are young, but even the more adult on...

    by Peter Schjeldahl on September 29, 1998
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    Puppet States

    Puppets: The word summons up joy, animation, and magic when it means us watching them, humiliation and confinement when it means someone else watching us. We'd all like to be as enchantingly free as the wood and canvas creatures onstage apparently ar...

    by Michael Feingold on September 22, 1998
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    Cooking in Chelsea - At the Kitchen, a New-Style Chef

    At a little before 10 a.m., Elise Bernhardt, executive director of the Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film, and Literature, is trying to unlock the building. Fitting key after key into a daunting array of locks, she grins at the...

    by Deborah Jowitt on September 22, 1998
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    Another Bow - Some Simple Clues for Not Quitting the TheaterMaybe

    I got so much mail about "Bowing Out" (Voice, August 4) that I thought I'd better expand on it. Nothing's scarier, for a critic, than the realization that people might actually agree with him, and most of my correspondents did: Like me, they see our ...

    by Michael Feingold on September 15, 1998
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    A Deep Brecht - Can Poor B.B. Still Affect Our Alien Nation?

    He was born 100 years ago (February 10, 1898), and in the U.S. the celebrations have been minimal: If the Drama League hadn't elected to fund seven Brecht productions by young directors for this year's Fringe Festival, New York would have taken virtu...

    by Michael Feingold on September 8, 1998
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    Global Swarming - Is It Time To Move Beyond Multiculturalism?

    Early in this decade, an arts administrator from Baltimore whispered to me, "Multi-culti will be the buzzword of the '90s." I wondered then if this was a good thing, and I am wondering it now. Multiculturalism is certainly here to stay. The NEA Fo...

    by Chris Dohse on September 8, 1998
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    Gehry in Gear

    The uptown Guggenheim's big-bang motorcyle showthe most publicly successful offering in the museum's history, we are toldraises two hot issues. Three if you count motorcycles, which I don't. Motorcycles do only a little for me, and that little is k...

    by Peter Schjeldahl on September 1, 1998
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    Fringe Binge - A Consumer Guide to the New York International Fringe Festival

    By producing 144 shows in 12 days, the New York International Fringe Festival acquires the scope of a vanity press publication, giving artists the feeling of achievement without accomplishing very much. Most of the work I sampled in my semi-random tr...

    by James Hannaham on September 1, 1998
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    Graham Cracker - Mark Dendy Celebrates His Inner Drag Queens

    Poised to launch into a scene from his autobiographical choreoplay Dream Analysis, Mark Dendy has his legs wrapped around a wooden chair at Dance Theater Workshop's rehearsal studio in Chelsea. The piece weaves the story of a budding female impersona...

    by James Hannaham on September 1, 1998
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    Telling Actions

    Things you'd never guess if you didn't already know them: Uta Hagen's turning 80, and Collected Stories isn't being presented for the first time. Barring her white hair and an occasional flicker of age-related frailty, Hagen onstage looks a feisty 63...

    by Michael Feingold on August 25, 1998
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    Writ in Water

    If you thought you'd missed Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique, you'd be wrong; its run has been extended until the end of the year (maybe into the next millennium, jokes the euphoric press agent). If, on the other hand, you thought that watching lu...

    by Deborah Jowitt on August 25, 1998
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    Bowing Out - Should American Actors Flee a Muddled, Unrewarding Profession?

    The phone rang, and I knew it was going to be another of those phone calls: an actor / writer / director friend announcing his/her intention to give up "the business." They've been coming lately at the rate of two or three a month. Computer school, l...

    by Michael Feingold on August 4, 1998
  • Ross Wetzsteon, 19321998


    Ross Wetzsteon, 19321998

    Ross Wetzsteon, the Voice's longtime theater editor, died at 3:20 a.m. on Friday, February 20. He succumbed to pulmonary complications while convalescing from cardiac surgery. His friends and family are devastated: Having watched him survive two bout...

    by Michael Feingold on March 3, 1998
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    Home of the Moan - 'The Vagina Monologues' Seizes the Means of Production

    As President Clinton's recent troubles have demonstrated, it's not the economy, it's the body, stupid. And like his alleged fondness for blowjobs, vaginas are going public. On V-Day (formerly Valentine's Day), a host of big muthas will perform Eve E...

    by Blanche McCrary Boyd on February 17, 1998
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Of Course Larry Clark's Art Show is Full of Bare Teenage Bodies Of Course Larry Clark's Art Show is Full of Bare Teenage Bodies

Larry Clark's latest exhibition, "they thought i were but i aren't anymore...," is a small survey of sorts, composed of photographs, collages, and — for the first time — paintings… More >>

Fear Not: Drop Dead Perfect Won't Hurt a Bit

Idris Seabright's cottage looks idyllic. Pink paint and potted palms give her living room just the right tropical breeziness. A portrait of flinty, bearded Captain Horace Seabright hangs over her… More >>

Piece of His Heart: Bert Berns Is a Name You Need to Know

"I want to be known," says the magnetic young actor Zak Resnick, playing the part of songwriter Bert Berns. Bert who? Berns, the subject of this biographical jukebox musical, penned… More >>

Ever Hear the One About Hamlet's Mother?

"People should take Gertrude seriously," declares the queen, speaking of herself in the third person. Howard Barker's 2002 rendering of Hamlet defends the title character (Hamlet's mother), by rethinking her… More >>

Gimme Fallout Shelter: Atomic is an Epic Meltdown of a Musical

A musical about the Manhattan Project? Bring on the dancing physicists and chorus girls in lab coats. Belt out those odes to fissure. Enrich our hearts with uranium! Atomic is… More >>

The Feather Channel: The Pigeoning Isn't Only for the Birds

If you think those people in The Birds had it bad, just wait till you meet Frank, the nebbishy hero of Robin Frohardt's puppet play The Pigeoning. Now running at… More >>

Behind the German Blitzkrieg of Pop Art

How is it that the nation that vilified the avant-garde in the first half of the 20th century somehow brought forth a band of artists that propelled vanguard art into… More >>

Rum Punch: The Qualification of Douglas Evans is a Boozy Doozy

The Qualification of Douglas Evans, a deeply compelling new play for the Amoralists by Derek Ahonen, looks at addiction without embellishment. It skips the pathos we're used to seeing in… More >>

Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation

Gazing at Italian painter Nicola Samori's new work might bring to mind Auden's famous opening from "Musée des Beaux Arts": "About suffering, they were never wrong, the Old Masters." Think of… More >>

Performed in a Lounge, Play/Date Will Attempt to Set the Bar for Immersive Theater

At first glance, Fat Baby looks like any other Lower East Side bar on a weeknight. A woman waits for someone while texting impatiently. A guy on a stool engages… More >>