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    Gypsy Blues

    When as a child I misbehaved, my mother's ultimate threat was to send me packing to the gypsies. Certainly she couldn't have had in mind the kind of gypsies who inhabit Ramon Oller's Bury Me Standing, a world premiere presented by Ballet Hispanico on...

    by Nancy Goldner on December 15, 1998
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    Word Up

    Stephen Petronio's 70-minute kinetic meditation on time, Not Garden, which opens Tuesday at the Joyce Theater, relies on word and body. In Amherst, Massachusetts, last month, much of the movement was swallowed up in the stylish staging, a problem tha...

    by H.B. Kronen on December 15, 1998
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    Bridge Work - Brooklyn's New Alternative Theater

    Walk down Williamsburg's North 6th Street and you may notice a purple light shining on the front of a brick warehouse. Push through the building's metal door, and you'll find yourself on a catwalk that borders a huge area filled with water. The shall...

    by Stephen Nunns on December 15, 1998
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    Midtown Tragedy

    Those of you who just tuned in probably think my headline alludes to Sophocles's play. On the other hand, my regular readersall junior partners with the fine old firm of Hypocrite Lecteur, Semblable & Frereprobably assume it's a setup for rude rema...

    by Michael Feingold on December 15, 1998
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    Fateful Love

    Diana Son's Stop Kiss (Public Theater) jangles and crackles like a clangorous New York street on a summer night; it bristles with cynical asides and wiseass retorts as it follows the meeting and mating of two women. Callie is the quintessential ...

    by Francine Russo on December 15, 1998
  • The Screens - All the World's a Cyber Stage: The State of Online Theater

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    The Screens - All the World's a Cyber Stage: The State of Online Theater

    Watery-looking clouds move haltingly across the computer screen. The Net-fed image, pixilating frequently into tiny, painterly cubes of digital cumulus, delights Rae C. Wright, the author of Art Thief a live performance made accessible to screens in...

    by Jessica Chalmers on December 8, 1998
  • Going Gold

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    Going Gold

    On October 11, 1948, Lincoln Kirstein's Ballet Society (two years old and boasting 800 subscribers) became the New York City Ballet. During its somewhat shaky first season at City Center half-filled houses at performances relegated to Monday and Tu...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 8, 1998
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    Brain Wave

    It's been so long since Ballett Frankfurt graced these shores that artistic director William Forsythe is known to many here only by his reputation as a radical wunderkind and heir to Balanchine. Recent commissions for the San Francisco Ballet and New...

    by Christopher Reardon on December 8, 1998
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    Old School Tie - Powell Puts Down Roots (and Sends Up Shoots) at Ailey

    Ailey dancer Troy O'Neil Powell, whose first choreography premieres next week at City Center, was nine years old the youngest in a family of six when company representatives came to East Harlem's P.S. 50 looking for a few good kids. They picked Pow...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on December 8, 1998
  • School of Paris

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    School of Paris

    Ever since New York supposedly stole the idea of modern art from Paris, we've tended to think of that former center of the art world as a loser. It was, however, never really a matter of theft. Modernism more or less packed itself up and emigrated he...

    by Kim Levin on December 8, 1998
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    War and Peace

    Hiroshi Sugito, 28, loves painting and painting alone. This makes him unique among the high-tech, hard-edge, Pop-oriented wizards who have emerged from Japan in the last decade. Sugito's depictions of a blissful, make-believe world marred by an alm...

    by Jerry Saltz on December 8, 1998
  • Broadways and Means

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    Broadways and Means

    In another era, on a different Broadway, I might not be so enthused about this revival of On the Town; you'll find quibbles in plenty below. But why kid ourselves? If a musical's supposed to transport you to another world, I'd rather be in the world ...

    by Michael Feingold on December 8, 1998
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    Cagey

    Come view the monster on Death Row. He's safe step closer . . . closer. . . . In So, I Killed a Few People . . . (Piano Store), writers David Summers (who performs) and Gary Ruderman (who directs) play with the distance emotional, metaphorical, and...

    by Francine Russo on December 8, 1998
  • Freeway Threeway

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    Freeway Threeway

    The gay-guystraight-woman friendship device is an unfortunately resilient clich. But Snakebit (Naked Angels), in which Michael and Jennifer are the platonic friends wondering what it is with men, deserves to be cut some slack, since author David Ma...

    by Sightlines on December 1, 1998
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    Diva-lution

    Sandra Bernhards one-woman show, I'm Still Here...Damn It!, reminds me of a comment a friend made about Nathan Lane after leaving Mizlansky/Zilinsky at intermission: "He's like a spice, not a meal." Bernhard also has the character actor's curse. T...

    by James Hannaham on December 1, 1998
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    Needlework

    Trainspotting (Players Theatre), director Harry Gibson's bleak adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel, drips with all the gritty gross-outs and drug- addled philosophies of its source. It even has all the plummiest linessays one character of his deale...

    by Alexis Soloski on December 1, 1998
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    Def Jam

    I don't define improvisation," says Sondra Loring, curator of the seventh annual Improvisation Festival/NY. "I leave that to the artists." More than 80 from around the world will appear in a two-week blitz of performances, jams, classes, workshops,...

    by Jody Sperling on December 1, 1998
  • Felt and Unfelt

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    Felt and Unfelt

    When Waiting for Godot arrived in America in 1956, even amid the glossy materialism of boom-time suburbia its barren landscape seemed a natural reflection of the barren spiritual landscape of the era. What made Godot's influence spread with such amaz...

    by Michael Feingold on December 1, 1998
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    Black Theater Honors

    With no Technicolor competition, there can be no multicolor progress," costume designer Marcel Christian reminded his fellow nominees, as he accepted a 1998 AUDELCO Award for his work on Julius Caesar in Africa. His lanky, double-breasted stride acro...

    by Charles McNulty on December 1, 1998
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    God of the Rodeo

    Louisiana's Angola penitentiary has become the Alcatraz of the '90s. Sister Helen Prejean's Dead Man Walking and Life Sentences by inmate Wilbert Rideau number among several recent books that suggest Angola is the meanest, baddest patch of hell in ou...

    by Albert Mobilio on December 1, 1998
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