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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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    Feminine Projections - Three views of time, space, and light

    Three exhibitions of recent work by female artists deal with projections into time and space. Wendy Wischer, Jiae Hwang, and Hung Liu apply the medium of light in different ways, to diverse effect. Through their work, each artist grapples with her in...

    by Michelle Weinberg on January 6, 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...

    by Alfredo Triff on January 6, 2005
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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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