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    Staged for TV - A Passionate Woman

    What happens when you put Hot Lips Houlihan in yellow chiffon three sizes too tight on a roof with a ghost who looks like he could be a skinny second cousin of Elvis Presley? Paste this scene against a Technicolor blue sky reminiscent of those you se...

    by Mia Leonin on April 6, 2000
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    On Avant-Garde in Little Havana - "Welcome to the Hood"

    It's 9:00 on a breezy night in early spring, and the sounds of live music and people chatting announce this first studio crawl, a way to acquaint the public with the 6street visual arts collective. They make up a quarter-block of artists' studios off...

    by Alfredo Triff on April 6, 2000
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    Most Perfect Trinity - God's Man in Texas

    Los Angeles dramatist David Rambo (his real name) describes his discovery of a televangelist's audio technician as the missing link in his three-character play this way: "The Heavens opened, so to speak. I realized I had a trinity: the Father, Son, a...

    by Patrick Henry Flynn on March 30, 2000
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    Click on These Sights - Let your mouse bring you into the myth

    The digital revolution has radically altered the way we perceive art. Since the arrival of the Web, art has changed in form, content, and delivery. Electronic bits are sent over telephone lines, by microwave relay or satellites, through a scanner hoo...

    by Alfredo Triff on March 23, 2000
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    "Cradle" Will Softly Rock - Harry Chapin's America: Musical Lies & Legends

    Madonna, heaven help us, has yet to don patchwork jeans and a tiara and croon "Cat's in the Cradle" to a synthesized beat. But the day still may come when Harry Chapin's ballads, like Don McLean's "American Pie," become fodder for the pop diva's gris...

    by Jackie Potts on March 16, 2000
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    Good Timing - A Delicate Balance

    Critics die. Audiences are reincarnated. The only true test of a work of art's value is its timelessness, and perhaps its timeliness. Timelessness is the ability of drama to say something about the human condition in a way that penetrates generation ...

    by Mia Leonin on March 9, 2000
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    Return of the Craft - "The Garden Show"

    The Paseos Shopping and Entertainment center is a semiabandoned structure on Coral Way, two blocks east of Coral Gables. On the third level (next to Bally's Total Fitness) is Miami ArtWorks, a hybrid studio space, art school, gallery, and museum shop...

    by Alfredo Triff on March 9, 2000
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    Old Song, New Voice - Olivia's Opus

    Be honest. If someone told you ahead of time that you were going to see a play that depicts the coming-of-age of a young black girl somewhere in the South during the mid-Sixties, you might want to respond, "What a shame! I have a root canal to attend...

    by Mia Leonin on March 2, 2000
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    Pre-Portrait of an Artist - "Bert Rodriguez: A Pre-Career Retrospective"

    As heir to the ideological battles of the late Nineteenth Century, the avant-gardists hoped to make art sovereign by ridding it of the evils of capitalist consumerism. Once outside those laws, art truly would liberate mankind, just as Schiller had ex...

    by Alfredo Triff on February 17, 2000
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    More to the Point - Killer Joe

    First the good news: GableStage's new production of Killer Joe features smart staging and engaging performances, backed up by a terrific design team. South Florida theatergoers should consider themselves lucky to have this company in their midst. N...

    by Ronald Mangravite on February 10, 2000
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    Time Travels, Plot Doesn't - Communicating Doors

    "Sorry I'm late," whines the dominatrix in Communicating Doors. "I think there was a gun battle in the Strand." She sports a tattoo, nosebleed heels, and a leopard-print coat, underneath which is a layer of patent leather lingerie, complete with zipp...

    by Crissa-Jean Chappell on February 3, 2000
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    Something New, Something Wow - "Departing Perspectives" and "Arte Actual"

    Two weekends ago art lovers in Miami who made it to the Espirito Santo Bank building on Brickell Avenue for Departing Perspectives were offered a unique experience: a predemolition event curated by Fredric Snitzer. (The bank soon will be torn down.) ...

    by Alfredo Triff on February 3, 2000
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    A Wake-Up Curtain Call - A theater critic's farewell

    [Exit, pursued by a bear] -- The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare Being a theater critic is one of the best jobs ever invented, so it is with mixed emotions that I'm leaving behind my duties at New Times to pursue new adventures in Washington,...

    by Robin Dougherty on January 27, 2000
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    First Among Men - Eleanor: Her Secret Journey

    Change is the metaphor that pervades Eleanor: Her Secret Journey, in which Jean Stapleton gives an affecting and affectionate portrait of first lady and Hillary Clinton precursor Eleanor Roosevelt. Indeed the young society wife and mother transformed...

    by Robin Dougherty on January 20, 2000
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    Blah, Blah, Blah - Tom Tom on a Rooftop

    The most memorable detail in Tom Tom on a Rooftop, Daniel Keough's new play now receiving its East Coast premiere in Hollywood, is a piece of the set. The feeble comedy takes place entirely on the tarpaper roof of a modest apartment building, where, ...

    by Robin Dougherty on January 13, 2000
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    Sandwiched Between Here and There - Medianoche (Midnight Sandwich)

    Of all the versions of Cuba that exist, few are as fragmented or elusive as those that live in the memory of exiles. Anyone who left the island before his or her own memories really began or grew up in the United States with exile parents knows stori...

    by Robin Dougherty on January 6, 2000
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    Vital Forces - A Bicycle Country

    By sheer coincidence, A Bicycle Country, Nilo Cruz's bewitching play about the fate of three balseros, is premiering against the backdrop of the political drama of the young rafter Elian Gonzalez. Or is it coincidence? If six-year-old Elian hadn't be...

    by Robin Dougherty on December 30, 1999
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    The Architecture of Control - Glexis Novoa's "Recent Works"

    In totalitarian societies terror is the instrument to force submission, and the threat of terror is often marked on the very land itself. Human sovereignty, a basic political right, is seized and annihilated by an bermensch utopia. Putting ideology ...

    by Alfredo Triff on December 30, 1999
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    It's Too Easy - Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story

    The single poignant moment in Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story depicts an imperiously fragile moment of rock and roll history, the one in which protorocker Buddy Holly wrote the song "Everyday." Not the best or the most popular of Holly's work, the t...

    by Robin Dougherty on December 23, 1999
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    Wrong Way to Remember - The Gathering

    Like most people at a recent performance of Arje Shaw's powerful work The Gathering, I had tears in my eyes by the end of the two-hour drama. And like many around me, I suspect, I found the plight of Gabe, the Holocaust survivor at its center, imperi...

    by Robin Dougherty on December 16, 1999
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