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  • Make Some Noise

    published December 26, 2002

    Wearing shoulder-length dreadlocks, size 12 1/2 EE tap shoes and a baggy hip-hop style, Savion Glover stomp-kicked his way into tap-dancing... More >>

  • The Flaming Idiots

    published December 26, 2002

    You might remember the Flaming Idiots. They're the wild men who famously slapped together a bologna sandwich with their feet on Leno. If... More >>

  • Christmas in Hell

    published December 19, 2002

    Real kids are strictly forbidden, but if you're planning to attend The 2002 Slump XXXmas Show: A Jim Jones Christmas, be sure to... More >>

  • Floating/Falling

    published December 19, 2002

    Like it or not, deconstruction has hit the dance world, and choreographer and DiverseWorks resident Lori Yuill's first evening-length work,... More >>

  • There's No Place Like Hollywood

    published December 12, 2002

    Theatre Under the Stars has had its way with movies this year, and the results have not been pretty. From the tepid Some Like It Hot to the... More >>

  • The Second Coming

    published December 12, 2002

    Where's Andrew Lloyd Webber when you need him? Even his troubled version of Mary Haley Bell's novel, Whistle Down the Wind,... More >>

  • A Tale of Two Carols

    published December 5, 2002

    The gleeful magic of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is more enchanting than ever, thanks to the Alley Theatre. It's true that... More >>

  • Take My Breath Away

    published November 21, 2002

    Ever since Cats turned T.S. Eliot's widow into a multimillionaire and won the poet a Tony almost 20 years after his death, it has seemed... More >>

  • Something Else by the Kinks

    published November 14, 2002

    In 1969 Rolling Stone announced, "The Kinks have arrived." And so they had, selling out four nights at L.A.'s Whiskey A Go Go and breaking... More >>

  • Scared Suburban

    published November 7, 2002

    After 40 years of books, films, plays and countless TV specials, it's hard to imagine there's anything new to say about the assassination of John... More >>

  • Farm Aid

    published October 31, 2002

    Somewhere in that shadowy sweet space between memory and truth live the remarkable characters of Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy.... More >>

  • The True-Hearted Traitor

    published October 24, 2002

    According to high school history books, the American Revolution was all about heroic brilliance. The founding fathers forged a nation out of... More >>

  • String Beings

    published October 17, 2002

    They're back! Those nasty little puppets from Bobbindoctin Puppet Theatre. And as always, the creepy -- yet strangely beautiful -- beings,... More >>

  • Kentucky Caver

    published October 10, 2002

    Floyd Collins, the title character of Adam Guettel's musical about a Kentucky backwoods man who winds up trapped in a cave for two weeks, was a... More >>

  • The Wanker's Lament

    published October 3, 2002

    No doubt about it: Phaedra and her kids are seriously messed up. The Roman playwright Seneca established that fact some 2,000 years ago when he... More >>

  • Buzzkill

    published September 26, 2002

    The opening-night hoopla for Blood Wedding started in the lobby of Stages Repertory Theatre, where it seemed everyone was ready to... More >>

  • Infernal Bridegroom Productions' Jason Nodler

    published September 26, 2002

    Back in the early '90s, The Axiom was the coolest hellhole in Houston. In a best-of issue of its own, Details magazine listed the bar (in... More >>

  • Disastrous Storms

    published September 19, 2002

    On September 8, 1900, the greatest natural disaster in American history hit Galveston in the form of a Category IV hurricane. The 130-mile-an-hour... More >>

  • Love Under the Umbrella

    published August 15, 2002

    These days, pop psychologists like Oprah's Dr. Phil would have us think that love is a relatively simple thing. We solipsistic nincompoops... More >>

  • A Dreamy Midsummer Night

    published August 8, 2002

    The wicked city of Sodom's got nothing on Venice, where big-breasted, red-lipped women stand on every street corner dressed in nothing but black... More >>

  • Made in Houston

    published August 1, 2002

    A 19th-century Spanish farce hardly seems the stuff of powerhouse theater. But there must have been some hoodoo in the water over at the... More >>

  • Summer of Love

    published July 25, 2002

    Imagine Cupid as a grown man with a big belly. He smokes fat brown cigars, sports black nylon old-man socks held up by garters, and wears a gold... More >>

  • The Pride of Broadway

    published July 18, 2002

    Julie Taymor was an unusual choice to turn Disney's animated Lion King into a flesh-and-blood musical. The award-winning director's past... More >>

  • Did She or Didn't She?

    published July 11, 2002

    Long before Stephen King bloodied up the silver screen, or John Carpenter slithered up our spines, or Hitchcock became the master of... More >>

  • Another Summer Rerun

    published June 27, 2002

    Magnolia Ellis is downright bored with widowhood. She has buried two husbands and is living quite well, thank you very much, off their insurance... More >>

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