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    Style and Story

    Tracey Moffatt is possibly the hippest artist ever to come out of Australia. She leapt from there to a residency at ArtPace in San Antonio in 1995, and from San Antonio to an international career and a solo show at the Dia Center for the Arts in New ...

    by Shaila Dewan on March 11, 1999
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    Phallic Four - Pop culture comes of age in the oddball Hysteric Studs

    Anyone with a ten-year-old girl at home will immediately recognize Hysteric Studs by Charlotte Mann. The British import, on stage at Theater LaB, is a silly, rowdy, testosterone-laden version of the equally silly Spice Girls movie Spice World. T...

    by Lee Williams on March 4, 1999
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    A Hedda His Time - Alley play honors Ibsen's early feminist work

    Henrik Ibsen, who died in 1906, is generally considered the father of modern drama. He's the first playwright to create tragedies about ordinary people, and he wrote plays in prose rather than poetry. But anyone who considers the title character in H...

    by Lee Williams on March 4, 1999
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    Houston Hosts Parks - DiverseWorks and IBP team up with noted playwright

    When Jason Nodler and his Infernal Bridegroom Productions agreed to hook up with DiverseWorks and Loris Bradley, Houston theater got better. In the past, IBP made a name for itself doing plays most theaters won't touch, including works by Beckett and...

    by Lee Williams on February 25, 1999
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    Rail Riders - The Jocker scores with a tale of homosexual hoboes

    They rode the rails, panhandled dinners and called no man boss. Indeed, American hoboes of the 1930s lived lives of seemingly mythical proportions. They acted out our collective wanderlust and were wholly independent of nagging spouses, whining child...

    by Lee Williams on February 25, 1999
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    The Good, Long Look - In a quick-take era, Catherine Murphy demands more than a glance

    Catherine Murphy pays close attention to the mundane and unobtrusive; her extraordinary, hauntingly beautiful paintings are of things seen on the quick, in a glimpse: a child's plastic wading pool, a red brick chimney, a wide, black belt cinching the...

    by Susie Kalil on February 25, 1999
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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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