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    Equal but Separate

    Originally opened in 1956 as a lavish restaurant, the Coconut Grove Playhouse's Encore Room was reborn in the early Eighties as a jazz hot spot with its own house band, attracting the young and the hip to the Grove years before CocoWalk was built. Co...

    by Savannah Whaley on March 6, 1997
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    Archival Maneuvers

    The Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., contains more than 13 million letters, diaries, sketchbooks, photographs, press clippings, and other materials that document the lives and work of U.S. artists since the Eighteenth Century. Founded to...

    by Judy Cantor on February 27, 1997
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    A Plague on the Playhouse

    Smallpox, cholera, and polio -- diseases that a century ago killed or disabled hundreds of thousands of people -- have all but been eliminated from the Western world by virtue of vaccinations, antibiotics, and improved sanitation. Such eradication ha...

    by Pamela Gordon on February 20, 1997
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    Mommy Shrinked the Kids

    Move over, Medea. Drama's quintessential bad mother, who killed her children to take revenge on her husband, has some serious competition in the title character of Nicholas Wright's Mrs. Klein. Closely based on the controversial therapist known for h...

    by Pamela Gordon on February 13, 1997
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    Tempest in a Teacup

    The Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim is best-known for her Le Dejeuner en Fourrure, a teacup covered in fur that was included in a 1936 exhibition of surrealist works organized in Paris by Andre Breton. The suggestively erotic, delightfully improbable pi...

    by Judy Cantor on February 13, 1997
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    Gag Me with a Writer

    Neil Simon has written 30 plays and numerous screenplays since 1960. Undeniably one of America's most prolific writers, he is also one of the most abundantly produced. Four of his comedies ran simultaneously on Broadway during the 1966-67 season. Sin...

    by Pamela Gordon on February 6, 1997
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    Heartbreak Hotels

    In Jon Robin Baitz's drama Three Hotels, the wife of a corporate executive delivers a speech to wives who are about to move to the Third World for the first time. Barbara Hoyle, whose husband's company markets baby formula to mothers in developing na...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 30, 1997
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    Susie T. Evans sweeps the fine dirt in front of her wooden bungalow every morning. She likes the ground smooth and packed firm. When she rests she sits on a bench fashioned from scrap wood and a rusty bucket. She collects the junk that accumulates al...

    by Judy Cantor on January 30, 1997
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    Jack and Jilted

    Since the early 1980s, Jane Martin has been offering the world well-received comedies and dramas such as Talking With ..., a series of monologues by diverse women, and Keely and Du, an absurdist twist on the pro-choice debate in which a pregnant woma...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 23, 1997
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    Men Are from Caves, Women Are from Venus

    Comedian Rob Becker, creator and star of Defending the Caveman, the longest running nonmusical solo show in the history of Broadway, has a little secret. He discovered it during the first year of his marriage and he let me in on it during a recent t...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 16, 1997
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    Gallery Walkout

    Parking is invariably scarce on Ponce de Leon Boulevard and the neighboring streets on the first Friday of the month. Perfume and cigar smoke cloud the air, and Coral Gables's finest are out in force. In terms of numbers, the Coral Gables Gallery Wal...

    by Judy Cantor on January 16, 1997
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    In the Manner of the Master

    Dry as a martini, smooth as a smoking jacket, pointed as the end of a cigarette holder -- Nol Coward's wit has been synonymous with jaded sophistication for almost three-quarters of a century. Personally and professionally, the Master, as the Englis...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 9, 1997
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    Cutting on the EDGE

    Since its inception in May 1995, South Beach's intimate EDGE/Theatre has garnered a reputation for venturing where no other local small theater dares to tread. Tucked away on the top floor of an Espanola Way gallery, the company has resurrected, with...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 2, 1997
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    The Revisitation

    A Mexican entry won top prize at last month's Latin American Film Festival in Havana, but Julian Schnabel's Basquiat was reportedly one of the hottest tickets, drawing capacity crowds to a heavily promoted late-night screening. The biopic that detail...

    by Judy Cantor on January 2, 1997
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    Labor Pain

    In the program notes for the Pope Theatre Company's edgy staging of the surreal comedy Below the Belt, playwright Richard Dresser is quoted as saying: "In the course of supporting myself as a writer over the past few decades, I've had the occasion to...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 26, 1996
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    English Wry

    The frisky production of Ray Cooney's 1990 comedy Out of Order currently on-stage at Coconut Grove Playhouse recalls a print advertisement from years ago. "You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's rye," ran the copy under a picture of a satisfied c...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 19, 1996
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    Super Mario

    Since his debut as a novelist in 1963, Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa has been surprising the public. Not only does he move with stylistic ease between forms (novels, short stories, criticism, journalism, essays, plays) and genres (political alle...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 12, 1996
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    Presents of Mind

    Everyone's aware that going to a mall during the holiday season will probably make you feel sick. Still, a lot of people who know better end up there anyway, with that pre-Christmas sale-induced consumer hysteria that leads to purchasing a mountain o...

    by Judy Cantor on December 12, 1996
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    Shop Till You Bop

    A bare-bones synopsis of Christopher Durang's 1987 comedy Laughing Wild would read like a magic-realist love affair in which the protagonists meet cute: A man and a woman share a brief encounter in the aisle of a Manhattan grocery store. The woman re...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 5, 1996
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    Plumbing the Depths of Barrymore's Soul

    A wavering light spins on the dark stage floor as an actor's voice booms from the sound system, reciting a speech from Antony and Cleopatra. "Come, let us have one more gaudy night," the voice beseeches. The stage lights rise and the actor staggers i...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 28, 1996
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