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    Unhappy in Love - The unraveling of a marriage is a dreary thing to behold

    You know there's trouble brewing when you get this bit of conversation between husband and wife: "How was your day?" "I wish you wouldn't talk to me like that." This snippy exchange in The Retreat from Moscow acts as prologue to the pathetic ...

    by OCTAVIO ROCA on February 3, 2005
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    Current Stage Shows

    Clarence Darrow's Last Trial: It's a trial all right. Shirley Lauro's new play takes a long time to bring to life the minor last chapter of a major life in law. There is certainly nothing wrong with Rafael de Acha's production or with his cast, which...

    on February 3, 2005
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    Please Be Seated - When artists design chairs, comfort isn't always a high priority

    The chair figured as a central allegory in Plato's legendary Theory of Forms. Marcel Proust once observed there was something unique about this piece of furniture that elicited people's temperament. In Artificial Paradises, French poet Charles Baudel...

    by Alfredo Triff on February 3, 2005
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    Animal Xing: Joshua Levine's viscerally mutated animal sculptures are fiercely contemporary and relevant, dynamic figures resulting (in concept) from the conflation of biology and technology. Starting with taxidermic models of squirrels and beavers, ...

    on February 3, 2005
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    Time Lapse - Photographs that compel you to think again about recorded history

    Mark Klett's photographs are the product of an intense and passionate occupation with the art and science of photography, and the works currently on display at the Frost Museum at FIU, in the exhibition "Ideas About Time," provoke thought about the n...

    by Michelle Weinberg on January 27, 2005
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    The Head in the Oven - Paul Alexander's play about Sylvia Plath blames the poet's death mostly on her husband

    American poet Sylvia Plath has long been a hallowed, haunted figure in American literary culture. Dead at 30 in 1963, a presumed suicide, Plath had a short career, but her intense, dense poetry and harrowing private life have made her the ultimate po...

    by Ronald Mangravite on January 27, 2005
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    Current Art Shows

    Collage Series: Matthew Rose offers the best work in this show of four collage artists. Using lithography, Rose combines images cut from ads from the Twenties and Thirties and transforms them into personae who would feel right at home in the creepy p...

    on January 27, 2005
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    EloquenceLost - A gripping story about a great orator shouldn't be a bore

    It's a trial all right. Now on stage at the New Theatre, Shirley Lauro's Clarence Darrow's Last Trial takes a long time to bring to life the minor last chapter of a major life in law. The play actually had a snazzy buzz before its world premiere in...

    by OCTAVIO ROCA on January 27, 2005
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    Attuned to Tunes - Four singers, five musicians, eighteen lovely songs

    Four voices sing in beautiful harmony about hope, dreams, and the dilemma of happiness in Songs for a New World, a musical revue that meshes gospel, R&B, and jazz into eighteen heartfelt melodies of surprising emotional depth. As poignant and deftl...

    by DAN HUDAK on January 27, 2005
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    Current Stage Shows

    The Boys Next Door: This is a heart-warming, brilliantly acted look at the lives of four mentally challenged men. Arnold (Michael Collins) constantly spells out the injustices of life, threatening to move to Russia if his grievances go unacknowledged...

    on January 27, 2005
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    Current Stage Shows

    The Boys Next Door: This is a heart-warming, brilliantly acted look at the lives of four mentally challenged men. Arnold (Michael Collins) constantly spells out the injustices of life, threatening to move to Russia if his grievances go unacknowledged...

    on January 20, 2005
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    Current Art Shows

    Collage Series: Matthew Rose offers the best work in this show of four collage artists. Using lithography, Rose combines images cut from ads from the Twenties and Thirties and transforms them into personae who would feel right at home in the creepy p...

    on January 20, 2005
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    That Annie Man Gets Experimental - The Coconut Grove's latest musical is a plotless revue that swings for the fences

    I must confess, I have never been a big fan of Broadway tunesmith Charles Strouse. Not that he needs my approval. The prolific composer has been banging out hits since his very first musical, Bye Bye Birdie, grabbed a Tony in 1960. After that, Strous...

    by Ronald Mangravite on January 20, 2005
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    R.I.P., Mum -- Please - In the Mosaic's latest production, there's no solace in death, just endless regret

    The death of a parent, especially the mother, is usually a particularly painful passage and one for which most people, however well meaning, can offer few meaningful words of solace. But in Shelagh Stephenson's funny, moving The Memory of Water, now ...

    by Ronald Mangravite on January 13, 2005
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    Myths Over America - W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten had big fun with a very big legend

    The minor works of a genius are often more rewarding than the best that lesser mortals can bring. In the case of Paul Bunyan, the unclassifiable musical entertainment that had its South Florida premiere Saturday night at the Miami-Dade Auditorium, th...

    by OCTAVIO ROCA on January 13, 2005
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    Women and Castles - Italian holidays can be transforming

    With its enticing characters and an engaging plot, Enchanted April lives up to its name. The tale begins in 1922 in dreary England, where a frumpy Lotty Wilton (Cary Anne Spear) finds herself dissatisfied with her tyrannical husband and her humdrum e...

    by Rachel Galvin on January 13, 2005
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    Current Stage Shows

    Merm and Me: The nomadic EDGE theatre, now encamped in Miami Lakes, presents Jim Tommaney's autobiographical play about his complicated, confusing relationship with Broadway star Ethel Merman. The play, which tracks four friends of Merman in 1985 who...

    on January 13, 2005
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    Politics and Art and Risk - Mix the first two and you will encounter the third

    Last month the world learned of the following Website message co-signed by Ansar al-Sunna, the Islamic Army of Iraq, and the Army of the Mujahideen: "Democracy is un-Islamic." An earlier posted manifesto held that democracy amounted to a Greek practi...

    by Alfredo Triff on January 13, 2005
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    Current Art Shows

    The Gifts I Could Never Give You: In this show Bert Rodriguez shelves the "conceptual prankster" tag and wears his heart on his sleeve. You can't help but share his lament. The work delves into the detritus of failed relationships, shifting perceptio...

    on January 13, 2005
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    Everything's Coming Up Poses - EDGE Theatre's Merman drama mostly skips the beat

    One of the offbeat charms of Jim Tommaney and his rough-and-tumble EDGE Theatre is trying to figure out where they're going next. Not just aesthetically but literally. The peripatetic producer, playwright, performance artist, and poet has staged show...

    by Ronald Mangravite on January 6, 2005
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