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    Melting Ice - Florida Stage's World War I-era romance suffers from a bland, drippy sensibility

    Several questions are raised in Florida Stage's Ice Glen, but not ones the theater likely intends. The first is why this underrealized world premiere was pushed into production before its time. Veteran playwright Joan Ackermann's work offers poetic s...

    by Ronald Mangravite on December 30, 2004
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    Current Art Shows

    Miami Now: Don't miss this mega show from Edge Zones, curated by Charo Oquet and David Vardi and featuring 32 artists. The work is consistently good throughout. Standouts include Nestor Arenas's insect stills, Raimundo Travieso's PC-generated drawin...

    on December 30, 2004
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    A Fine Sense of Place - Two recent installation projects succeed where others have failed

    In recent years, a lot of what passes for site-specific art seems like a recapitulation of average moments drawn from the land and environmental art of the Sixties and Seventies -- from Richard Long's grass-walking, to Robert Smithson's invasive Spir...

    by Alfredo Triff on December 23, 2004
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    Gold Diggers 2004 - New Theatre's Affluenza! offers a head-clearing breath of cynicism for the holidays

    Now that the holiday season has descended upon us, theatergoers as well as producers are faced with the dilemma of "classic" shows. Should we surrender to tradition and go with the tried and true or attempt to buck the trend? Coral Gables's New Theat...

    by Ronald Mangravite on December 16, 2004
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    Current Stage Shows

    Bug: This wild riff on blue collar paranoia from the author of Killer Joe is set in an Oklahoma City motel where a hard-luck waitress encounters a Gulf War vet who claims that the government has implanted mind-controlling insects under his skin. Dir...

    on December 16, 2004
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    Current Art Shows

    Keepsake: Working with ordinary objects, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova seduces the viewer into places that are at once eerily familiar yet ineluctably foreign. He has a disconcerting way of revealing the hidden splendor of the mundane, playing deftly wit...

    on December 16, 2004
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    NightmareMotel - A Gablestage thriller pairs an abused cocktail waitress with a paranoid of the aluminum-foil-helmet variety

    Oh, how deceiving first appearances can be. At the start of Tracy Letts's Bug, now in its Florida premiere at Gablestage, a leggy redhead stands in the doorway of a battered motel room, sipping some wine and swaying gently to lively Colombian music p...

    by Ronald Mangravite on December 9, 2004
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    Bizarro and Brainy - Classic screwball comedy meets modern wit

    There's a lot to be said for this thing that just opened at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, but here's the essence: Crush the Infamous Thing: The Adventures of the Hollywood Four is the season's funniest comedy and the best cure for postelection, prehol...

    by OCTAVIO ROCA on December 9, 2004
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    Mystery of Marilyn - How did Norma Jeane die?

    The Marilyn Monroe most people know is her star persona: A ditzy blonde who oozed sexuality and was both a threat and revelation to the conservative Fifties. But the real Marilyn, as depicted in various biographies and here in Jim Tommaney's intrigui...

    by DAN HUDAK on December 9, 2004
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    Current Stage Shows

    Late Nite Catechism: You don't have to be Catholic to laugh with Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan's one-woman show starring Kathleen Stefano that has turned the Encore Room into a parochial school complete with holy cards, wooden rulers, and one formi...

    on December 9, 2004
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    Current Art Shows

    Me, Myself & I: Works of self-portraiture by 31 artists assembled by guest curators Renee Riccardo and Paul Lastre. When artists gaze in the mirror, they invite us to follow and vicariously wallow in our own inner cores. Tomoko Sawada transforms hers...

    on December 9, 2004
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    With Bells On - A queer take on a Christmas chestnut becomes a new classic

    Take a holiday classic loved by all, add a few star turns and more than a whiff of camp, don your gay apparel and get set to make some memories: That is the aim of It's a Fabulous Life!, David Sexton and Albert Evans's loose and merry musical adaptat...

    by OCTAVIO ROCA on December 2, 2004
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    Current Stage Shows

    Late Nite Catechism: You don't have to be Catholic to laugh with Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan's one-woman show starring Kathleen Stefano that has turned the Encore Room into a parochial school complete with holy cards, wooden rulers, and one formi...

    on December 2, 2004
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    Artquake - ArtBasel: Where Did It Come From? What Does It Want?

    In only its third year, Art Basel is rapidly becoming the art festival of America. With events spoking out from its official hub at the Miami Beach Convention Center across Miami-Dade County and going on from noon to dawn for nearly a week, it is als...

    on December 2, 2004
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    Critics Pick

    Jim Drain and Ara Peterson Alumnae of Forcefield, the Providence, Rhode Island, artist collective, and of the 2002 Whitney Biennial, artists Jim Drain and Ara Peterson are reunited here by Lawrence Rinder, an adjunct curator at the Whitney. The r...

    on December 2, 2004
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    Art Basel Events

    "Transmission: A Mobile Collective": Judith Robertson, Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts, and other artists have transformed a moving truck into mobile art. It will park in different locations throughout Art Basel. Through Dec. 4. Private Tours - Three Pe...

    on December 2, 2004
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    When Art Attacks

    According to Miami native Art Kendallman (not his real name), art is war. The performance artist is a one-man fighting force railing against the big business art concept the only way he knows -- through a visual assault on unsuspecting passersby. Whi...

    by Kris Conesa on December 2, 2004
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    Booty Us Maximus

    It takes pure genius to come up with a party that can distract from the overwhelming influx of art and culture descending upon Miami during Art Basel, but that is exactly what Aquabooty's Tomas Ceddia and Joe Budious have done with their "Fuck Art, L...

    by Kris Conesa on December 2, 2004
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    Transportation Issues

    At some point during Art Basel, patrons at the official event are going to want to get from the Miami Beach Convention Center to the streets of Wynwood and the Design District, and those on the mainland will be eager to take in the exhibits at the be...

    by Kris Conesa on December 2, 2004
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    Current Stage Shows

    Just the Funny: Performers in "Miami's Home for Improv & Sketch Comedy" use props and phrases (both supplied by the audience) and various skits to showcase their comic talents. "Pick a Line" and a Scarface spoof in which the stage is covered with whi...

    on November 25, 2004
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