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    City Sickos

    I spent the Eighties on the subway, commuting from my what-I-could-afford studio apartment in Brooklyn to a series of all-we-can-offer-to-pay-you theater jobs in Manhattan. Which is how I became acquainted with the ranter. A large Jamaican woman in a...

    by Savannah Whaley on June 12, 1997
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    Felons and Fools

    Many of my friends recently opened their mailboxes to discover something more hideous than notification of an IRS audit, more depressing than an ex-lover's wedding invitation, and more frightening than a postcard proclaiming the impending arrival of ...

    by Savannah Whaley on June 5, 1997
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    He Pulls the Strings

    A white horse clops across the small stage in the Museum of Contemporary Art's pavilion gallery. Steady on articulated legs made from wooden dowels and metal hooves that formerly capped the ends of chainlink fence posts, the steed carries St. Barbara...

    by Judy Cantor on June 5, 1997
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    Talk the Talk, Wobble on the Walk

    In the spring of 1977, Broadway fell in love with Little Orphan Annie and her cheery, the-sun-will-come-out-tomorrow philosophy. Had the comic strip inspiration for Annie been able to stroll the eight blocks downtown from the Alvin Theatre to take a ...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 29, 1997
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    Greek Unorthodox

    Although the ancient Egyptians probably had some form of theater as early as 4000 B.C., most of our information about drama's origins comes from the Greeks. I once knew an uproarious stage manager who, disillusioned by countless tours with theatrical...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 22, 1997
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    A Split Verdict

    My earliest impressions of the American judicial system came from listening to earnest civics teachers and from watching reruns of Perry Mason; combined, they convinced me that courtrooms hold more drama than any Broadway stage, with lawyers playing ...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 15, 1997
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    Scharf Among the Surrealists

    Kenny Scharf was eight years old when he first saw the work of Salvador Dali. While playing at a neighbor's house in Hollywood, California, Scharf, best known for his use of cartoon imagery in his paintings, must have been watching TV when he spotted...

    by Judy Cantor on May 15, 1997
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    Daddy Dearest

    Humorist Russell Baker once wrote that he wished he could travel through time whenever he slogs through a Henry James novel -- that way he could determine if the book offered any plot development that would make it worth finishing. Having waded throu...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 8, 1997
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    Halfway to Paradise

    The title track of Jimmy Buffett's 1980 Coconut Telegraph album busts gossips who "can't keep nothin' under their hat/You can hear 'em on the coconut telegraph sayin' who did dis and dat." Last September when Coconut Grove Playhouse producing artisti...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 1, 1997
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    Holy Moly

    On a postcard from Tel Aviv, bathers wade at a crowded Mediterranean beach shadowed by a stretch of resort hotels and condo towers. Artist Hilla Lulu Lin has blown up and manipulated this typical shot of Israel's modern secular attractions, replacing...

    by Judy Cantor on May 1, 1997
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    Knocking the Rock

    When I was a teenager, my widowed grandmother left Vermont to live with my family in Florida, where, separated from her friends and other family, she turned to television for companionship. Unfathomable to me, her favorite hour each week was spent wa...

    by Savannah Whaley on April 24, 1997
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    This Root's Got Legs

    From P.T. Barnum hustling naive ticket holders out of his New York City museum with exit signs that promised "This Way to the Egress" to trailers for upcoming summer movies, misrepresentation stands as one of show business's few enduring traditions. ...

    by Savannah Whaley on April 17, 1997
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    Every Box a Poem

    Joseph Cornell would have been delighted to observe the scene at the Norton Museum of Art on a recent Sunday afternoon, when children ran excitedly about the gallery in which the artist's work is on display. Engaged in a treasure hunt organized by th...

    by Judy Cantor on April 17, 1997
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    Deep Trouble in Shallow Waters

    Not long after the MGM lion roars, the camera pans over a group of young Broadway hopefuls. Sure of their talent, these would-be stars nonetheless worry they'll never get their big break. "Gosh, if they'd just give us a chance," one begins, only to b...

    by Savannah Whaley on April 10, 1997
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    Lady Good Diva

    One of the biggest recent stories on the entertainment scene concerns the biographical portrayal of a historical enigma: a woman whose life was clouded by controversy, a woman whom millions of adoring followers elevated from obscure nobody to near go...

    by Savannah Whaley on April 3, 1997
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    Chasing the Blues Away

    It doesn't require great acting to get a laugh from a Neil Simon comedy or to touch emotions while performing Tennessee Williams. On the other hand, a few extraordinary actors have the innate ability to combine talent, stage presence, and exceptional...

    by Savannah Whaley on March 27, 1997
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    Myth Universe

    Painted entirely black and dimly lighted, the South Florida Art Center's art1035 gallery has been done up to look like a cross between a religious temple and a low-rent love shack. Entering the darkness from the bright Miami Beach sunshine, there's a...

    by Judy Cantor on March 27, 1997
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    A Flat Canvas

    Since 1986, when it was founded, Coral Gables's New Theatre has presented Southeast and world premieres, filling its eclectic seasons with local rarities -- classics by Ibsen, Chekhov, O'Neill, and Williams -- as well as signature works by Mamet, Gur...

    by Savannah Whaley on March 20, 1997
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    Another Highland Fling

    The audience for the original opening night of Brigadoon -- March 13, 1947 -- passed by glittering Broadway marquees beckoning everyone to see Oklahoma!, Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister, Street Scene, and Finian's Rainbow. Entering its g...

    by Savannah Whaley on March 13, 1997
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    Canvasing the Caribbean

    Tie-dyed, graffiti-scrawled canvas huts and paint-spattered model kayaks have turned Fredric Snitzer's new gallery off Bird Road into a funky tent city. Wooden rods suspended from the ceiling support the sunset-colored, vaguely Bedouin-style structur...

    by Judy Cantor on March 13, 1997
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