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    My City Was Gone

    Blaine Dunham began her career in theater down by the docks in Coconut Grove. Now 23 years old, the two-time Carbonell Award-nominated actress and artistic director of Lunatic Theatre Company arrived in Miami at the age of 6, making a dramatic entran...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 2, 1995
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    The Power of Positive Drinking

    "Look at that woman," muses Hattie, as she watches a contestant dressed in a chicken suit lose everything during a rerun of Let's Make a Deal. "Disappointment is carved on her face." Of course, Hattie (Meredith Marsuli), a character in James McLure's...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 26, 1995
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    Art & Soul

    Purvis Young, known for his fiery mixed-media paintings of Overtown crowds and streaming boat people, recently visited the Bass Museum, where his works are included in Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from 1940 to the Pre...

    by Judy Cantor on October 26, 1995
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    Oh What a Tangled Web

    First came the innovative 1976 novel by the late Argentine writer Manuel Puig, followed by his 1981 stage adaption. Then came director Hector Babenco's much-ballyhooed 1985 film. A musical rendition flopped when presented by New Musicals at SUNY Purc...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 19, 1995
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    Sudden Death

    We live in an era of easy confession, a time in which stories of abuse and neglect make the rounds of talk shows, support groups, and the evening network news programs. Because we've grown accustomed to the public disclosure of personal trauma, th...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 12, 1995
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    Blurred Vision

    An excerpt from writer Derek Walcott's 1992 Nobel lecture is included in the catalogue that accompanies "Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture," currently at the Center for the Fine Arts. In his moving essay, Walcott, a St. Lucia nat...

    by Judy Cantor on October 12, 1995
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    Loud and Fast Doesn't Always Rule

    There's a whole lot of ranting and raving going on these days over at Area Stage on Lincoln Road. Alan Bowne's Beirut, an unnerving nightmare about a not-so-distant future in which HIV-positive people are quarantined in warehouses on the Lower Eas...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 5, 1995
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    Married . . . with Problems

    Imagine two straight upper-middle-class white couples on the deck of a Long Island beach house. Chloe Haddock pushes food on everyone, peppers her speech with badly pronounced French, and sings the wrong lyrics to show tunes. Her husband, John, co...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 5, 1995
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    Tales of the Macabre

    Antonia Eiriz's Reincarnation, six oil-on-canvas panels clustered on one wall of the upstairs gallery at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, depicts 99 masklike faces floating on a background as dark and deep as a black hole. Placed side by side...

    by Judy Cantor on October 5, 1995
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    Letter Imperfect

    Remember letters? I don't mean bills, sales flyers, or computer personalized sweepstakes packets. I mean envelopes addressed in ink, sealed with wax or scented, filled with news of family, tales of travel, or words of love. I mean savoring the w...

    by Pamela Gordon on September 21, 1995
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    Pay to Play

    In 1989, Miami Beach's Lincoln Road was an empty strip of vacant stores, a shell of the lively outdoor mall filled with elegant shops that thrived in the 1940s and 1950s. With serendipitous foresight, John and Maria Rodaz of Area Stage Company rented...

    by Pamela Gordon on September 14, 1995
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    Far Away, So Close

    Last year Tag Purvis lost three of his best friends to AIDS-related illnesses. They now appear in one part of Purvis's film installation, Devil or Angel, at the South Florida Art Center's Ground Level Gallery on Lincoln Road: images of two men and on...

    by Judy Cantor on September 14, 1995
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    Footlight Parade

    Like the school year, vacations, and marriages, theater seasons kick off with anticipation, fueled by promises of pleasure, fulfillment, and growth and driven by unarticulated fantasies that, in theatrical terms, look like this: An inspired melange o...

    by Pamela Gordon on September 7, 1995
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    Shake! Shake! Shake!

    In the 400 years since Shakespeare entertained Elizabethan England with histories, tragedies, and comedies, his works have been updated, translated, elaborated, extemporized, bowdlerized, and set to music and dance. Macbeth went sci-fi. The Merry Wiv...

    by Pamela Gordon on August 31, 1995
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    Because of a copyediting error, the name Wifredo Lam was misspelled as "Wilfredo." An erratum ran in Letters in number 21. - Season's Greetings

    Remember museums? Right after Labor Day, the new exhibition season begins. Upcoming shows at Miami institutions will focus on contemporary work and historical themes that provide context for art today, mostly eschewing blockbuster shows in favor of s...

    by Judy Cantor on August 31, 1995
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    From Stem to Stern

    Summer in the city of Miami, backs of our necks getting sunburned and sandy. In this season of jet skis and lobster diving, the main branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library offers two exhibitions of nautically themed work, most of it done by local ar...

    by Judy Cantor on August 17, 1995
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    Heart of Glass

    Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie has evolved into an American classic since its debut on Broadway five decades ago. In addition to stage productions and film and television versions, the play has found its way into high school and college lit...

    by Pamela Gordon on August 10, 1995
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    Juicing Lenny Bruce

    We can measure how far American culture has come since social satirist Lenny Bruce challenged the proprieties of the 1950s and 1960s by noting that New Times can print the word cocksucker and no one's going to get hauled off to jail on an obscenit...

    by Pamela Gordon on August 3, 1995
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    Kitsch Highway

    Dust rises from the dirt trenches in front of the Thunderbird Resort Motel on Collins Avenue at 184th Street, where a state highway renovation project lately has created an obstacle course for summer tourists. Repairs are in progress at the motel as ...

    by Judy Cantor on August 3, 1995
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    Not-so-deep House

    If a typical Elizabethan theatergoer time-traveled to an evening of contemporary American drama, she would find herself astonished at the passivity of the audience. Modern viewers have been trained to behave. We watch the proceedings on stage politel...

    by Pamela Gordon on July 27, 1995
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