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2001 Stories by James Hannaham

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  • It's All Greek to Mee

    published December 4, 2001

    Charles L. Mee's True Love is a rock musical based in part on Plato's Symposium. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is also a rock... More >>

  • Fulsome Prison Blues

    published November 13, 2001

    Actors are continually blabbing about how to achieve "truth on the stage." We have Stanislavsky to thank for this vaguely oxymoronic concept, one... More >>

  • Pooting in the Shadows

    published October 23, 2001

    In many respects, it's an encouraging sign that the Brooklyn Academy of Music has programmed a month of new work by Australian artists for this... More >>

  • Pure Now for Pop People

    published October 9, 2001

    Who does not envy Paul Rudnick's career? He made a name for himself writing Off-Broadway comedies (which only happens in the movies),... More >>

  • How Life Isn’t Anymore

    published September 25, 2001

    It is difficult, in light of September 11, to consider Macy Gray with any degree of seriousness. She explicitly revels in Dionysian pleasures,... More >>

  • The Unimportance of Being Earnest

    published July 24, 2001

    In the 11 years since the NEA Four were defunded, performance artists have shown a decided aversion to explicit sex and politics. The generation... More >>

  • Our American Cussin’

    published June 19, 2001

    At 71, there aren't many tragedies that Kiki hasn't been through at least twice. A tough-as-leather female vocalist, she's never been successful... More >>

  • Save Zee Robots

    published June 19, 2001

    The French have a well-documented poor track record with rock and roll, and only recently have they made noteworthy progress in dance music. But... More >>

  • Suspicious Minds

    published June 12, 2001

    The most pertinent questions a director can ask before mounting a production are "Why this play?" and "Why now?" For director Woodie King Jr. and... More >>

  • Three-Legged Dogs

    published June 5, 2001

    Michael Stipe might actually have written "Wolves, Lower" about hiring entertainment lawyers. But in 1982, when that song appeared, R.E.M. fans... More >>

  • Homo Superior

    published May 29, 2001

    Though the 13th annual New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opens with the high-profile Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the documentary... More >>

  • 2Bad for 2Pac

    published April 3, 2001

    Convicted of sexual abuse, charged with shooting two off-duty police officers, reported to have assaulted the codirector of Menace II... More >>

  • Bone-crushing entertainment

    published February 27, 2001

    Martin McDonagh's a clever feck. Even more than his young rivals, Conor McPherson and Mark O'Rowe, he wants to bury Irish... More >>

  • Awake and Talk!

    published January 16, 2001

    "Actors walk a tightrope between great art and crap," proclaims Steven Berkoff in Shakespeare's Villains, his tongue-in-cheek analysis of... More >>

  • And It's Twisty Too

    published January 2, 2001

    Andy Kaufman frequently bragged that he was a stand-up comedian who never told a joke. In his late career, Richard Pryor stopped telling jokes... More >>

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