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    A Puzzling Affair

    In an example of last-minute housecleaning before the February ratings sweeps began, ABC network executives pulled the plug on the cop drama Cracker. While I liked the few episodes I saw about the raffish psychologist who solves homicides, I'm glad i...

    by Savannah Whaley on February 12, 1998
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    Brotherly Hate

    Touted as a comedy-thriller, Corpse! is more accurately a thriller-comedy in which the suspenseful plotting of the first act gives way to farce in the second. Picture a film adaptation of an Agatha Christie mystery starring Benny Hill and you'll have...

    by Savannah Whaley on February 5, 1998
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    The Devil Made Him Do It

    The Othello Project, on-stage at the Florida Shakespeare Theatre in Coral Gables, takes its Deep South setting and part of its title from the Mississippi Project, in which more than 800 college students went down to promote black voter registration i...

    by Savannah Whaley on January 29, 1998
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    Stifling Joyce's Voice

    James Joyce's work is an acquired taste. Whereas the Irishman's short-story collection Dubliners (1914) is an easy read, his later novels have been banned from my beach bag because of his experiments in style. Not willing to thread my way through the...

    by Savannah Whaley on January 22, 1998
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    Give 'Em What They Want

    The recent referendum creating Miami-Dade County is just the latest sign the area is suffering from an identity crisis worse than Sally Fields's in Sybil. While the county government proffers the moniker as an all-purpose consumer label, many residen...

    by Savannah Whaley on January 15, 1998
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    Brothers in Alms

    The convoluted political negotiations surrounding Pope John Paul II's trip to Cuba next week seem facile compared to the grave robbing, relic switching, and sundry other ecumenical dirty tricks attendant to a papal visit in playwright Michael Holling...

    by Savannah Whaley on January 8, 1998
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    Urban Contemporary

    At a time when gang-related drive-by killings plague the nation's major cities, a 40-year-old musical in which two rival packs sit down to a war council at the local soda shop and order "Cokes all around" should seem hopelessly dated. Yet when a poli...

    by Savannah Whaley on December 18, 1997
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    Woman on the Verge

    Frida Kahlo's boyfriend recalled seeing her drenched in blood and coated with gold dust. The boyfriend, Alejandro Gomez Arias, and his eighteen-year-old companion were returning to their homes in suburban Mexico City one September day in 1925 when th...

    by Savannah Whaley on December 11, 1997
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    Fair Play

    "Their music is incredibly melodic," notes Mary Rodgers, referring to the work of famed songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II during a recent phone conversation from her home in New York City. "Human beings are constructed to enjoy tha...

    by Savannah Whaley on December 4, 1997
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    Something Wicked Your Way Comes

    In 1996 Rent picked up the Pulitzer Prize for its rock and roll update of Puccini's La Boheme, edging out another work that has ties to the classical canon: Jon Marans's drama Old Wicked Songs. The latter play, about the life lessons a young pianist ...

    by Savannah Whaley on November 27, 1997
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    Shallow Grave

    Even if you're the type destined to arrive late for your own burial, you should make it a point to show up at least fifteen minutes early for Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, the interactive comedy now at the Broward Stage Door Theater in Coral Springs. Tha...

    by Savannah Whaley on November 20, 1997
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    Shtick in the Mud

    When you can't figure out which direction the stock market will head or which nation isn't complying with nuclear disarmament, it's soothing to know that at least somewhere on the television dial things remain constant: Mary Richards will never find ...

    by Savannah Whaley on November 13, 1997
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    Unforgiven

    To borrow a line from the great soul singer Sam Cooke, I don't know much about history, but I do know that Benedict Arnold turned traitor during the Revolutionary War. In the world premiere of Benedict Arnold, now at Palm Beach's Florida Stage (forme...

    by Savannah Whaley on November 6, 1997
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    Defense Mechanism

    Some plays transport you back through time by parading actresses in hoop skirts across the stage or bathing the scenery in the simulated flicker of gas lamps, but Clarence Darrow, now at Coral Gables's New Theatre, accomplishes the feat by presenting...

    by Savannah Whaley on October 30, 1997
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    Private Plays, Public Access

    During the intermission of Private Lives, being staged by downtown Miami's Ramsay-Hutchison Players, a dance professor from the New World School of the Arts asked me if I review college theater. I said no and went on to explain that I am reluctant to...

    by Savannah Whaley on October 23, 1997
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    The Road Not Taken

    Forty years after his playwriting debut, Harold Pinter ranks in the top five of living drama scribes in at least two categories: most acclaimed and least understood. His works delight academics, who find existential metaphors for the Atomic Age in hi...

    by Savannah Whaley on October 16, 1997
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    Play It as It Lays

    Despite the weekend's steady rain, more than 50 people join me as I wade into the Hollywood Boulevard Theatre on a recent Sunday night. After reaching into soaked pockets and purchasing five-dollar tickets, we quickly fill up the rows of the tiny sto...

    by Savannah Whaley on October 9, 1997
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    Chairman of the Boards

    Living up to his reputation as a consummate gentleman, Bill Hindman asks for permission to loosen his tie as he settles into our booth at a little out-of-the-way Chinese restaurant near Dadeland. I find it amazing he is even wearing a tie during this...

    by Savannah Whaley on October 2, 1997
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    A Bedia Bestiary

    "Those, like poets, who have not distanced themselves from their childhood will remember that as children they believed that animals thought and behaved like men," wrote the late Afro-Cuban folklorist Lydia Cabrera in her book Animals in the Folklore...

    by Judy Cantor on October 2, 1997
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    If the Shoe Fits

    When High Button Shoes premiered on Broadway in 1947, its name and 1913 setting conjured nostalgic images of more carefree days. Its title still brings to mind visions of a bygone era, and one yearns for the golden age of musical comedy when boy wooe...

    by Savannah Whaley on September 25, 1997
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