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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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    Atlas Shrugged

    Few of us are strangers these days to the details of child abuse. Television, newspapers, and magazines inundate us with the grim particulars of this problem with increasing frequency. Harder to discern than the facts in such situations are the mo...

    by Pamela Gordon on July 20, 1995
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    Words Worth

    We take language for granted. Only when circumstances limit our use of it do we appreciate how it defines us. Think of the effort required to communicate basic needs when traveling in a foreign country. Or how it feels to sit among colleagues or frie...

    by Pamela Gordon on July 13, 1995
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    Sweat Equity

    For skeptics who have been predicting the death of theater since the advent of film and television, the rise of virtual reality and the fall of public funding for the arts seem like nails in theater's coffin. Certainly, South Florida experienced its ...

    by Pamela Gordon on July 6, 1995
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    The Spirits Are Willing

    The term "Haitian art" inevitably evokes several enduring cliches, manifested in images of quaint island landscapes painted by self-taught artists, "primitive" personifications of Vodou gods, and "derivative" works executed in expressionist or figura...

    by Judy Cantor on July 6, 1995
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    New Rep on the Block

    Like the veteran gambler who frequents the racetrack or the casino in the hope of this time hitting it big, seasoned theatergoers return to the theater faithfully anticipating a win. And every once in a while, among the duds, the disappointments, and...

    by Pamela Gordon on June 29, 1995
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    Cape of Good Hope

    An hour north of Boston, in the northeast corner of Massachusetts, lies a mass of land jutting into the sea -- Cape Ann. Lesser-known and considerably smaller than Cape Cod to the south, Cape Ann is home to the small city of Gloucester, the town of R...

    by Pamela Gordon on June 15, 1995
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    Nightmare on Flagler Street

    Next month the main branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library celebrates its tenth anniversary at its current location in architect Philip Johnson's fortresslike cultural complex on West Flagler Street. When the library building opened in July 1985, ar...

    by Judy Cantor on June 15, 1995
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    Recipe for Disaster

    While Angel City, Sam Shepard's slice of life at the Hotel California A that La Brea tar pit of decadence, megalomania, and self-destruction you can check out of but can never leave A isn't one of the playwright's better-known plays, and hardly const...

    by Pamela Gordon on June 8, 1995
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    The Importance of Being Ernesto

    Does Mario Ernesto Sanchez ever sleep? During the 1994-95 theater season, the Cuban-born producing artistic director of Teatro Avante and the International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) presented two full-length dramas and three short plays at El ...

    by Pamela Gordon on June 1, 1995
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    Fresh Start

    At the May 20 opening for The New Collection -- I, the Cuban Museum's current exhibition of recent permanent acquisitions, Ermita Fuentes, visiting from New York City, stands by the back door, chiding guests who attempt to carry their cocktails from ...

    by Judy Cantor on June 1, 1995
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    Why the Tabs are Fab

    Supermarket tabloids have accomplished a clever, two-tiered assault on the privacy of Americans, simultaneously invading the personal lives of celebrities while disrupting the tranquillity of a working person's trip to the grocery store, drugstore, o...

    by Pamela Gordon on May 25, 1995
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    Taking the Piss Out of Art

    "I'm basically interested in the big ones," Andres Serrano tells a group of local artists gathered to meet him at the South Florida Art Center on Lincoln Road. "Life, death, and everything in between." Serrano visited Miami recently to attend the...

    by Judy Cantor on May 18, 1995
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    Murder Most Foul

    For sheer escapism and the shiver of vicarious thrills, nothing satisfies in quite the same way as a psychological thriller or an intricately plotted murder mystery. Unfortunately, if you've never experienced the pleasures of the genre, don't expect ...

    by Pamela Gordon on May 18, 1995
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    Don't Fear the Reaper

    Like the character Timothy in Neil's Garden, an exceptionally well-acted, well-directed world premiere now at Area Stage on Miami Beach, I am not reasonable about death. Just the mention of it causes me to knock on wood. Death is not to be thought ab...

    by Pamela Gordon on May 11, 1995
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    The Sybil Syndrome

    Lily Tomlin has done it. John Leguizamo, Sherry Glaser, Danny Hoch, Eric Bogosian, Claudia Shear, and a host of other names I could drop may be doing it even as you read this: that is, presenting an evening of theater by embodying an array of charact...

    by Pamela Gordon on May 4, 1995
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