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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    New Artists on the Block

    The 1994-95 exhibition season has offered a number of group shows of works by local artists. These demonstrations of support have called upon a handful of artists who seem, for the moment at least, to top every curator's list. With all due respect to...

    by Judy Cantor on May 4, 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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    Unbearable Liteness of Being

    South Florida is not a region that takes many theatrical risks. A quick study of the current season's lineup for theaters from Palm Beach to Miami makes one thing perfectly clear: Reluctant to strain audience loyalty by introducing what hasn't passed...

    by Pamela Gordon on April 27, 1995
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    The Cat's Pajamas

    The Tennessee Williams-style Southern family, at its liquor-soaked, lust-ridden, and venal best, rises again in Kendall this month in a spirited production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Actors' Playhouse presents Williams's modern classic in all its come...

    by Pamela Gordon on April 20, 1995
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    Word Processor

    Like many artists educated in Cuba who have moved to Miami over the past few years, Consuelo Castaneda speaks only a little English, communicating with Anglos through a translator. The clever, slickly executed paintings in To Be Bilingual, Castaneda'...

    by Judy Cantor on April 20, 1995
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    Beuys Will Be Beuys

    Shortly before New York City's Guggenheim Museum opened the first major American exhibition of the work of Joseph Beuys in 1979, the institution's then-director Thomas Messer sent a letter to members of his board of trustees, warning them that the wo...

    by Judy Cantor on April 6, 1995
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