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    Not So Very Merry-Go-Round

    Sometimes it takes an outsider's perspective to appreciate the nuances of a culture in ways that the members of the culture itself cannot appreciate. That certainly seems to be the case with the magnificent revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Ham...

    by Pamela Gordon on March 14, 1996
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    Swing Shift at the PJ Factory

    The first time I saw the feisty Pajama Game, I was prompting my high school's early-Seventies production of the show, almost twenty years after its 1954 debut on Broadway. I sat through scores of rehearsals until I could recite the book and the lyric...

    by Pamela Gordon on March 7, 1996
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    A Consensus of One

    The Museum of Contemporary Art's (MoCA) new 23,000-square-foot space in North Miami is a triumph. Opinions may differ on architect Charles Gwathmey's multicolor building, a geometric study painted in earthy colors. But strictly as a physical space, M...

    by Judy Cantor on March 7, 1996
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    Casting About for Excuses

    Last fall Coconut Grove Playhouse was all set to conclude its 1995-96 season with Edward Albee's Three Tall Women. But at the last minute the show's New York City-based producers booked the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama on a 1996-97 national tour, pre...

    by Pamela Gordon on February 29, 1996
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    Do the Hustle

    If British playwright Rod Dungate's 1992 Playing by the Rules has an intelligible point of view, a consistent focus, or even a story worth telling, it's impossible to discern from its current production at Edge/Theatre on Miami Beach. Adapted for the...

    by Pamela Gordon on February 29, 1996
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    French Provincial

    David French's two-character gem Salt-Water Moon contains few dramatic revelations. Less than one-third of the way into the 90-minute one-act, the author has already played out most of his narrative hand: Boy loves girl; boy leaves girl; girl gets en...

    by Pamela Gordon on February 22, 1996
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    Identity Crises

    Last November the New York City-based artist team Leone & McDonald placed a classified ad in New Times: "Ever passed for something you're not? Celebrated NY artists need story for video on Miami." The responses the pair received confirmed their ...

    by Judy Cantor on February 22, 1996
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    The Reich Stuff

    When Hermann Goering met Adolf Hitler in Munich in 1922, he pledged a lifetime of service to the future German f?hrer. Goering worked tirelessly within the German political system to ensure that Hitler gained absolute power in 1933. Serving as Hitler...

    by Pamela Gordon on February 15, 1996
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    Keeping Up with Bill T. Jones

    The innovative and provocative choreography performed by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was stirring up debate long before dance critic Arlene Croce denounced the troupe's most recent -- and most ambitious -- work. "I have not seen [chore...

    by Pamela Gordon on February 8, 1996
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    The Artist Stripped Bare

    A small striped rubber ball bobs in a claw-footed bathtub half-filled with dingy water. The words "Since Marcel Duchamp all the avant-garde artists are soaking in the same water of the same bathtub" have been scrawled in black script around the rim o...

    by Judy Cantor on February 8, 1996
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    Clown Time Is Over

    In Herb Gardner's 1962 A Thousand Clowns, dogged nonconformist Murray Burns divides the human race into two categories: those who love pastrami and those who don't. Inspired by Murray, I'm moved to classify humanity in another way: those who love Her...

    by Pamela Gordon on February 1, 1996
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    Miller's Tale

    You read the play in high school. You sat through a version trotted out by a community theater group. Perhaps you saw Dustin Hoffman portray Willy Loman in the 1984 revival on Broadway, or watched Hoffman in the made-for-television edition. If you've...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 25, 1996
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    Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee

    From 1915 through 1923, one and a half million Christian Armenians died at the hands of their Muslim Turkish neighbors as part of a holy war declared by the Turkish government. Entire families were wiped out; whole communities were brutally destroyed...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 18, 1996
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    Deals! Deals! Deals!

    Promotional materials for last week's Art Miami '96 conferred upon the event the dubious distinction of "America's Largest Mid-Winter International Art Fair." Since Art Miami's debut in 1991, organizers David and Lee Ann Lester have striven to positi...

    by Judy Cantor on January 18, 1996
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    A Boy Grows in Brooklyn

    It's two weeks before Stewie's bar mitzvah and his family is having a collective breakdown. Doris, his mother, sits on the couch transforming her wedding gown into a Bride of Frankenstein costume for Halloween. Herbie, his father, shuffles home after...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 11, 1996
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    Morris Major

    Six dancers and some folding metal chairs set the stage for "The Office," one of four works that the Mark Morris Dance Group will perform Friday at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. The members of the sextet whirl, throw their hands in the a...

    by Judy Cantor on January 11, 1996
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    Reinventing the Theatrical Wheel

    The mark of a superb theatrical production lies in its ability to astonish us even after we've been saturated with reports of its power. News of an audacious version of J.B. Priestley's 1945 An Inspector Calls reached these shores soon after director...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 4, 1996
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    Cloud Nine

    A psychedelic color field of cloudlike forms trails swiftly along one wall of the darkened gallery of North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), engulfing visitors in a sublime hallucination. Smoke Screen (part of Jennifer Steinkamp: Video Proj...

    by Judy Cantor on January 4, 1996
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    Freudian Tip

    Penis envy may be ludicrous. The analyst's couch may be passe. Still, there's no eradicating the imprint Sigmund Freud's theories of personality have left on our collective psyche in the last 100 years. Through his writing and research, Freud popular...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 28, 1995
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    Stand-up Guy

    Stand-up comic Jeff Garlin learned how to make people laugh from the bathtub. As a toddler, he cracked up his parents by filling a plastic toy with water and announcing that it was "concentrated." He garnered even more chuckles with words such as gir...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 21, 1995
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