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    Three to Get Ready

    A shipwrecked young woman who protects herself in a strange city by masquerading as a man; an orphaned teenage girl who dons men's clothing in defiance of Jewish laws that forbid the education of women; a tortured man who stops numbing his pain with ...

    by Savannah Whaley on July 10, 1997
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    Rodgers and Hart Failure

    Info: Rodgers and Hart Failure By Savannah Whaley With the exception of a few years in the early Thirties spent toiling in Hollywood's movie factory, lyricist Lorenz Hart and composer Richard Rodgers held sway for nearly a quarter of a century ...

    by Savannah Whaley on July 3, 1997
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    Beyond Exile

    Sculptor Florencio Gelabert -- whose work is the subject of a solo show at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale -- arrived in Miami in 1990, the first of several dozen Cuban artists who decamped here at the start of the decade. At the time, these you...

    by Judy Cantor on July 3, 1997
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    Slight of Hand

    Despite its man-eating tigers, ferocious lions, and thundering elephants, the circus never frightens me. Not surprising, really -- it's merely theater where I can watch brave acts of skill from my comfortable seat (although I sometimes have trouble a...

    by Savannah Whaley on June 26, 1997
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    A Passel of Playlets

    Producing only once a year, City Theatre sets the theatrical dog days of summer howling with Summer Shorts '97, a festival of fifteen short plays ranging in length from two to fifteen minutes. Now at the University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theatr...

    by Savannah Whaley on June 19, 1997
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    Men and Women of the Cloth

    In Miami, summer is the best time to visit a museum. While crowds, unfortunately, are never a big problem at our local art institutions, on a weekday during the summer months a person can often have the run of the exhibition space, with only the muse...

    by Judy Cantor on June 19, 1997
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    City Sickos

    I spent the Eighties on the subway, commuting from my what-I-could-afford studio apartment in Brooklyn to a series of all-we-can-offer-to-pay-you theater jobs in Manhattan. Which is how I became acquainted with the ranter. A large Jamaican woman in a...

    by Savannah Whaley on June 12, 1997
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    Felons and Fools

    Many of my friends recently opened their mailboxes to discover something more hideous than notification of an IRS audit, more depressing than an ex-lover's wedding invitation, and more frightening than a postcard proclaiming the impending arrival of ...

    by Savannah Whaley on June 5, 1997
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    He Pulls the Strings

    A white horse clops across the small stage in the Museum of Contemporary Art's pavilion gallery. Steady on articulated legs made from wooden dowels and metal hooves that formerly capped the ends of chainlink fence posts, the steed carries St. Barbara...

    by Judy Cantor on June 5, 1997
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    Talk the Talk, Wobble on the Walk

    In the spring of 1977, Broadway fell in love with Little Orphan Annie and her cheery, the-sun-will-come-out-tomorrow philosophy. Had the comic strip inspiration for Annie been able to stroll the eight blocks downtown from the Alvin Theatre to take a ...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 29, 1997
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    Greek Unorthodox

    Although the ancient Egyptians probably had some form of theater as early as 4000 B.C., most of our information about drama's origins comes from the Greeks. I once knew an uproarious stage manager who, disillusioned by countless tours with theatrical...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 22, 1997
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    A Split Verdict

    My earliest impressions of the American judicial system came from listening to earnest civics teachers and from watching reruns of Perry Mason; combined, they convinced me that courtrooms hold more drama than any Broadway stage, with lawyers playing ...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 15, 1997
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    Scharf Among the Surrealists

    Kenny Scharf was eight years old when he first saw the work of Salvador Dali. While playing at a neighbor's house in Hollywood, California, Scharf, best known for his use of cartoon imagery in his paintings, must have been watching TV when he spotted...

    by Judy Cantor on May 15, 1997
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    Daddy Dearest

    Humorist Russell Baker once wrote that he wished he could travel through time whenever he slogs through a Henry James novel -- that way he could determine if the book offered any plot development that would make it worth finishing. Having waded throu...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 8, 1997
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    Halfway to Paradise

    The title track of Jimmy Buffett's 1980 Coconut Telegraph album busts gossips who "can't keep nothin' under their hat/You can hear 'em on the coconut telegraph sayin' who did dis and dat." Last September when Coconut Grove Playhouse producing artisti...

    by Savannah Whaley on May 1, 1997
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    Holy Moly

    On a postcard from Tel Aviv, bathers wade at a crowded Mediterranean beach shadowed by a stretch of resort hotels and condo towers. Artist Hilla Lulu Lin has blown up and manipulated this typical shot of Israel's modern secular attractions, replacing...

    by Judy Cantor on May 1, 1997
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    Knocking the Rock

    When I was a teenager, my widowed grandmother left Vermont to live with my family in Florida, where, separated from her friends and other family, she turned to television for companionship. Unfathomable to me, her favorite hour each week was spent wa...

    by Savannah Whaley on April 24, 1997
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    This Root's Got Legs

    From P.T. Barnum hustling naive ticket holders out of his New York City museum with exit signs that promised "This Way to the Egress" to trailers for upcoming summer movies, misrepresentation stands as one of show business's few enduring traditions. ...

    by Savannah Whaley on April 17, 1997
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    Every Box a Poem

    Joseph Cornell would have been delighted to observe the scene at the Norton Museum of Art on a recent Sunday afternoon, when children ran excitedly about the gallery in which the artist's work is on display. Engaged in a treasure hunt organized by th...

    by Judy Cantor on April 17, 1997
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    Deep Trouble in Shallow Waters

    Not long after the MGM lion roars, the camera pans over a group of young Broadway hopefuls. Sure of their talent, these would-be stars nonetheless worry they'll never get their big break. "Gosh, if they'd just give us a chance," one begins, only to b...

    by Savannah Whaley on April 10, 1997
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