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1996 Stories by Pamela Gordon

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  • Labor Pain

    published December 26, 1996

    In the program notes for the Pope Theatre Company's edgy staging of the surreal comedy Below the Belt, playwright Richard Dresser is quoted as... More >>

  • English Wry

    published December 19, 1996

    The frisky production of Ray Cooney's 1990 comedy Out of Order currently on-stage at Coconut Grove Playhouse recalls a print advertisement from... More >>

  • Super Mario

    published December 12, 1996

    Since his debut as a novelist in 1963, Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa has been surprising the public. Not only does he move with stylistic... More >>

  • Shop Till You Bop

    published December 5, 1996

    A bare-bones synopsis of Christopher Durang's 1987 comedy Laughing Wild would read like a magic-realist love affair in which the protagonists meet... More >>

  • Plumbing the Depths of Barrymore's Soul

    published November 28, 1996

    A wavering light spins on the dark stage floor as an actor's voice booms from the sound system, reciting a speech from Antony and Cleopatra.... More >>

  • Henry & Tom's Excellent Adventure

    published November 21, 1996

    In the late Nineteenth Century, Thomas Edison created the first light bulb. In the early Twentieth Century, Henry Ford designed the first... More >>

  • Failure to Astonish

    published November 14, 1996

    Legend has it that French writer, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau's aesthetic was shaped by an injunction from the ballet impresario Sergei... More >>

  • In the Beginning, the Word

    published November 7, 1996

    "It's time to take the hot seat, Mary," says Rafael Lima, leading a Thursday morning class in the play-writing program at New World School of the... More >>

  • One Isn't the Loneliest Number

    published October 31, 1996

    One-person shows. Single-character plays. Monodramas. Autobiographical monologues. By whatever term actors, promoters, or critics dub solo... More >>

  • An Upwardly Mobile Musical

    published October 24, 1996

    Baby boomer sensibility reached an all-time level of overexposure when the drama thirtysomething aired on television from 1987 through 1991. The... More >>

  • Resurfacing the Same Old Boulevard

    published October 17, 1996

    Ever since Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical theater version of the classic film Sunset Boulevard debuted in London in 1993, much of the press about... More >>

  • A Drama That Snowballs

    published October 10, 1996

    David and Martha Flanagan are brother and sister, each burdened by memories of the past, each practiced at covering up pain, living together in... More >>

  • Mock Goth

    published October 3, 1996

    At one point during 1984's The Mystery of Irma Vep, Charles Ludlam's insanely goofy yet sly sendup of Gothic novels and Victorian sensibilities, a... More >>

  • The Year in Revue

    published September 19, 1996

    Most of the theater productions I've seen in South Florida over the years, from Palm Beach to South Dade, can be classified as "pleasant."... More >>

  • Seduction in Seclusion

    published September 12, 1996

    Journalists and movie stars circle each other warily, in an uneasy dance born of need and skepticism. On one level, they are interdependent: Stars... More >>

  • Show Biz Wiz of Les Miz

    published September 5, 1996

    From the moment Richard Jay-Alexander saw his first musical he was hooked. "When I was in the fourth grade my dad took me to see Bye Bye Birdie,... More >>

  • Wife's Best Friend

    published August 29, 1996

    As anyone who has relied on canine companionship to get through a difficult time can attest, a faithful dog more than deserves the moniker "man's... More >>

  • Bardy Har Har

    published August 22, 1996

    Set against the backdrops of ghostly castles, lonely heaths, magical forests, and islands inhabited by spirits, the plays of William Shakespeare... More >>

  • Love! Valour! Innovation!

    published August 15, 1996

    This past January, artistic director Rafael de Acha proudly announced that the Coral Gables-based New Theatre had secured the rights to present an... More >>

  • Live Performance Lives!

    published August 8, 1996

    Naysayers have been tolling theater's death knell since the development of motion pictures more than a century ago. The sound has grown louder... More >>

  • Comedy, Lightweight Division

    published August 1, 1996

    If exuberant performances were the only criteria for judging good theater, two musicals playing in Miami this summer would earn unequivocally high... More >>

  • Congratulations... You Had a Homosexual

    published July 25, 1996

    At the heart of the provocative 1992 drama The Twilight of the Golds lies a hypothetical medical and moral dilemmma: If you are pregnant and find... More >>

  • Three Men and a Maybe

    published July 18, 1996

    In the musical comedy Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down, currently playing at Hollywood Boulevard Theatre, three actors with energy to burn... More >>

  • Acting Up, Acting Out

    published July 11, 1996

    A pink neon sculpture of a hooker beckons from just inside the glass front doors of ART-ACT, the gallery-cum-theater tucked into a corner of the... More >>

  • Short Order

    published July 4, 1996

    The logistics of Summer Shorts seem to require a calculator and slide rule to figure out what's going on. An invigorating festival of eighteen... More >>

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