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    Passion Play

    It takes real cojones for a theater of any size to tackle Shakespeare. And when an outfit as small as Main Street Theater decides to stage Othello, it's hard not to be amazed at the outright audacity of the choice. Elizabethan tragedy is huge, hyperb...

    by Lee Williams on February 11, 1999
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    Past Imperfect

    Sean Welling oozed testosterone as he took the Kaplan Theatre stage last weekend amid smoke, flashing lights and the slick voice-overs of a taped "announcer." From a line of blond bombshells, he grabbed one in an up-to-there flapper costume and muscl...

    by Lauren Kern on February 11, 1999
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    Spirit of Texas - Luis Jimenez approaches the intangible by depicting the flesh

    Steelworker stands more than 12 feet tall and holds his testing ladle beside him the way a sentry holds his gun. The helmeted worker, located a short spring from the University of Houston's art department, is Luis Jimenez's fiberglass homage to the i...

    by Susie Kalil on February 11, 1999
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    Good Night

    Before the lights dimmed at the opening of A Little Night Music, someone in the audience told his companions to get ready for a PG-13 production. The use of movie ratings to describe a Stephen Sondheim musical shows how unfocused our stage sensibilit...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on February 4, 1999
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    Remedial Racism - Trial of One needs new life to retell old lessons about slavery

    It is perhaps impossible to overstate the effects of slavery on contemporary American culture. Though the institution officially ended over a hundred years ago, Jim Crow laws kept many African-Americans under the collective thumb of an often inhumane...

    by Lee Williams on February 4, 1999
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    Tricky Dick - Nixon's Nixon gets political satire down pat

    If ever days were ripe for a good political satire, these are they. Wondrously, as if right on cue, Stages has pulled some timely magic from the theatrical closet. Artistic Director Rob Bundy had the foresight to choose the Russell Lees play Nixon's ...

    by Lee Williams on January 28, 1999
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    Irish Lament - The language and the actors make this melodramatic plot work

    Martin McDonagh, the 28-year-old Irish-English playwright who wrote the award-winning, critically acclaimed The Beauty Queen of Leenane currently at the Alley, has hit some sort of deep-in-the-heart nerve with his audiences. In the New Republic, Robe...

    by Lee Williams on January 21, 1999
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    Porn of Plenty - There's more than a racy title in this profound play

    Opening night at Theater LaB was packed. But what else would be expected when the show bears the rather provocative title Shopping and Fucking? What self-respecting, TV-watching, mall-browsing, movie-going inhabitant of the pop-culture-gone-ballistic...

    by Lee Williams on January 14, 1999
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    Swingin' Back - Two plays reach for that old-time musical magic

    The next millennium is just around the corner, but you'd never know it by two new sweet and goofy plays that hark back to the golly-gee times of decades long past. Leave It To Jane, at Main Street Theater, is all about the struggles of the stude...

    by Lee Williams on January 7, 1999
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    Nuit Prowler - In the 1930s, Paris was quite a city. And Brassai was quite a photographer.

    "During my first years in Paris," wrote French photographer Brassai, "beginning in 1924, I lived at night, going to bed at sunrise, getting up at sunset, wandering about the city from Montparnasse to Montmartre. And even though I had always ignored a...

    by Susie Kalil on December 31, 1998
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    Gutsy George

    Sunday in the Park with George, inspired by the life and art of George Seurat, is one of Stephen Sondheim's most ambitious pieces. Musicals rarely run much deeper than happy entertainment. But this 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the lonely an...

    by Lee Williams on December 17, 1998
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    Hedonist Theater

    It looks really good. It looks really good. It looks really good. Would that it were not my job to come up with something more than that to say about the current Dan Flavin/Donald Judd exhibit at the Menil Collection and the new permanent Flavin ...

    by Shaila Dewan on December 17, 1998
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    Christmas Casts - Houston productions give Yule a varied look

    Charles Dickens's crotchety old Scrooge is the quintessential capitalist. He works hard, saves his money and gets very, very rich. But everyone hates him for it. It takes Ebenezer years of loneliness and one very scary sleepless night to figure this ...

    by Lee Williams on December 10, 1998
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    Absurdly Funny - Life is pointless. And then you die laughing.

    Jason Nodler's King Ubu Is King may be the silliest, most absurd and irreverent show that the folks at Infernal Bridegroom Productions have put together yet. Loosely based on Alfred Jarry's late-19th-century script Ubu Roi, a seminal work of the absu...

    by Lee Williams on December 10, 1998
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    Suchu's Smart

    Jennifer Wood's small, Montrose-based modern dance company has been through three incarnations in the past five years: first Duplex Dance Co., then Mudslide, and now Suchu Dance. But at TemplO last weekend, a concert of her choreography -- appropriat...

    by Lauren Kern on December 10, 1998
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    Not-so Funny Girl - Fresh angles are few in this Stages revival

    Reviving old musicals is hard work. Those antiquated Broadway warhorses are filled with outdated politics, sentimental songs and flat-out melodrama. It takes a good deal of vision to pull one of these "classics" from the shadows of theatrical purgato...

    by Lee Williams on December 3, 1998
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    Shelf Life

    Many artists have been interested in the objects they find in everyday life; as surrealist writer Andre Breton put it, objects contain "the principle factors of the mysteries of tomorrow." Yet by now, found-object art has gone through many half-lives...

    by Shaila Dewan on December 3, 1998
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    Uncertain Angels - Amusing characters suffer from thin, outdated plot

    The warm fuzzies of the holiday season have arrived a week early with Main Street Theater's newest production, My Three Angels, by Sam and Bella Spewak. Back in the feel-good fifties, when the play was first produced under the direction of Jose ...

    by Lee Williams on November 26, 1998
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    Unbearable Lightness of Bee-ing - Nicole Eisenman buzzes but doesn't sting

    Anyone familiar with Nicole Eisenman's raucous murals, paintings and drawings will probably expect her show at the Rice University Art Gallery to depict something along the lines of brawny female warriors castrating defenseless men. In the past, her ...

    by Susie Kalil on November 26, 1998
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    Teenaged Terror - Ambitious Totally Weird puts the blame for violence on the media

    Today's kids live in a world rich with violent images. Every tot-friendly character, from studly Nintendo kick-boxers to the utterly ironic Itchy and Scratchy, seems to enjoy blowing, cutting or stomping off their opponents' heads on a minute-by-minu...

    by Lee Williams on November 19, 1998
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