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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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    Exhibiting History and Endurance

    One year ago last month the Wolfsonian opened its ornate gates on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach with much fanfare and a spectacular inaugural exhibition. "Designing Modernity: The Arts of Reform and Persuasion" has since embarked on an internation...

    by Judy Cantor on November 28, 1996
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    Henry & Tom's Excellent Adventure

    In the late Nineteenth Century, Thomas Edison created the first light bulb. In the early Twentieth Century, Henry Ford designed the first production-line automobile. Our plugged-in, revved-up contemporary world owes much to these quintessentially Ame...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 21, 1996
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    Failure to Astonish

    Legend has it that French writer, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau's aesthetic was shaped by an injunction from the ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev. The young Cocteau, having achieved a minor measure of celebrity as a poet in Paris before World ...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 14, 1996
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    Well Hung

    The current show at ART-ACT in the Design District is part of QueeRoots/QueerSpace, a three-week festival of gay and lesbian culture that has included performance art, a poetry slam, and video screenings. Mark Holt, who will perform his monologue Que...

    by Judy Cantor on November 14, 1996
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    In the Beginning, the Word

    "It's time to take the hot seat, Mary," says Rafael Lima, leading a Thursday morning class in the play-writing program at New World School of the Arts (NWSA). Mary Manning's cheeks flush as she pushes her hair behind her ears. Clutching a thick loose...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 7, 1996
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    One Isn't the Loneliest Number

    One-person shows. Single-character plays. Monodramas. Autobiographical monologues. By whatever term actors, promoters, or critics dub solo performances, the format -- in which one artist attempts to mesmerize an audience throughout an entire evening ...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 31, 1996
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    Downsizing

    Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco are commonly associated with work of heroic proportions. Renowned as leaders of the nationalist Mexican muralist movement in the first half of this century, their names have since been sy...

    by Judy Cantor on October 31, 1996
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    An Upwardly Mobile Musical

    Baby boomer sensibility reached an all-time level of overexposure when the drama thirtysomething aired on television from 1987 through 1991. The show followed the angst-ridden escapades of white, educated, mostly overachieving and workaholic friends....

    by Pamela Gordon on October 24, 1996
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    Young at Art

    Music by John Coltrane played on a small boom box in a classroom at Miami Beach Senior High as a group of students from several Dade County schools, their art teachers, and some artists from the South Florida Art Center quietly painted pictures of go...

    by Judy Cantor on October 17, 1996
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    Resurfacing the Same Old Boulevard

    Ever since Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical theater version of the classic film Sunset Boulevard debuted in London in 1993, much of the press about the show has concerned numbers: Mounting the remake of Billy Wilder's sardonic, campy parable of Hollywoo...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 17, 1996
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    A Drama That Snowballs

    David and Martha Flanagan are brother and sister, each burdened by memories of the past, each practiced at covering up pain, living together in their childhood home. Vietnam veteran David, once a high school golden boy, now numbs himself with alcohol...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 10, 1996
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    Catching the Spirits

    Pierrot Barra presides over the Pharmacie Magique in Port-au-Prince's Iron Market, behind a row of stalls selling old American magazines. One airless afternoon last spring Barra, a Vodou priest, sat under the botanica's corrugated tin awning on a can...

    by Judy Cantor on October 3, 1996
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    Mock Goth

    At one point during 1984's The Mystery of Irma Vep, Charles Ludlam's insanely goofy yet sly sendup of Gothic novels and Victorian sensibilities, a British Egyptologist leaves nineteenth-century England for the Middle East. There, Lord Edgar Hillcrest...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 3, 1996
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    The Bleak and the Beautiful

    People in Miami often imagine Havana. Some, in their mind's eye, preserve an exile's perfect vision of the city of their sweet childhood home. Remembering recent trips to Cuba, others recall a disconcerting visual composition of the grand Havana Cath...

    by Judy Cantor on September 26, 1996
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    The Year in Revue

    Most of the theater productions I've seen in South Florida over the years, from Palm Beach to South Dade, can be classified as "pleasant." Bearable to sit through, they didn't offend, irritate, or prompt me to leave during intermission. They proffere...

    by Pamela Gordon on September 19, 1996
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    Things to Come

    Five shows scheduled for Dade and Broward exhibition spaces this season focus on the art of Haiti, both sacred and profane. This is mostly a coincidence, and a pleasing one, that reflects a current international interest in Haitian culture and the fa...

    by Judy Cantor on September 12, 1996
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    Seduction in Seclusion

    Journalists and movie stars circle each other warily, in an uneasy dance born of need and skepticism. On one level, they are interdependent: Stars rely on journalists to promote them, while journalists use celebrity escapades as story fodder. On anot...

    by Pamela Gordon on September 12, 1996
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    Show Biz Wiz of Les Miz

    From the moment Richard Jay-Alexander saw his first musical he was hooked. "When I was in the fourth grade my dad took me to see Bye Bye Birdie, and I went nuts," recalls the executive producer and associate director of the long-running Broadway mega...

    by Pamela Gordon on September 5, 1996
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