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2001 Stories by Francine Russo

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  • The Reel Deal

    published December 25, 2001

    A decade before the symbolism of the World Trade Center doomed it to destruction, architect-author James Sanders began researching the idea of New... More >>

  • The Fetal Poets Society

    published October 9, 2001

    Doug Wright constructs his fiendishly clever Unwrap Your Candy like a house of mirrors. The four playlets reflect back our own dark wishes,... More >>

  • Mary Go-Round

    published September 18, 2001

    Sometimes a writer bursts with an idea so compelling it's irresistible—a play about Everyman in Everytown, about Faith and Love and... More >>

  • Return of the Repressed

    published July 31, 2001

    In Hugh Leonard's A Life, a quiet comedy of character, the thrill lies in watching a great actor head a first-rate ensemble (Irish Rep).... More >>

  • Hot Wheels

    published July 10, 2001

    Rehearsing Peter Pucci's In Time Like Air, dancer Kitty Lunn lounges languorously across a chair, leans her stomach on its seat, her head... More >>

  • Independence Daze

    published July 3, 2001

    Good writing tells. Race and class provide the background for two plays with one-word titles, but there the similarity ends. Christopher... More >>

  • Cybersickness

    published June 26, 2001

    Over nearly three years, from 1998 to 2000, a woman—let's call her Anna—posted to an online support group for people with mental... More >>

  • Water Is Wide

    published June 19, 2001

    The day before, the dancer in the hot pink pants was bumping and grinding her way to a pricey ticket on a "yola" to Puerto Rico. Ultimate... More >>

  • Tryst and Shout

    published May 15, 2001

    Think of an evening of one-acts as a tasting menu at a trendy eatery. At Ensemble Studio Theatre's "Marathon 2001, Series A" (running through May... More >>

  • Life in the Projects

    published March 13, 2001

    At The Abduction Project, two near-blinding lights beam from the darkness, while an ominous whirring announces the arrival of the spaceship... More >>

  • Verizon Gets Earful

    published February 13, 2001

    The snow last Tuesday in Manhattan couldn't keep them away from the monster bash. Verizon was the monster in question, and about a hundred... More >>

  • Toe Jam

    published February 6, 2001

    If Thaddeus Phillips had nothing but his feet going for him, he'd still be a charmer. But this tap dancer also has quite a head on him, and the... More >>

  • The Man in Motion

    published January 30, 2001

    Michael John Garcés directs with the insight of a shrink and the muscular energy of a Purdue quarterback. Rehearsing the Atlantic Theater's... More >>

  • 360 Degrees of Incarceration

    published January 16, 2001

    "I hate that sound. The key," says incarcerated teenager Cristel in a shaky voice. "And I hate the cuffs, the sound. . . . They go sclk, sclk,... More >>

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