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    Life Is A Joke, Old Chum. - Watching nothing happen with the beautiful losers of Friends.

    "Nothing I do means anything." --David Schwimmer as Ross Geller on Friends "They never told you life was going to be this way. Your life's a joke. You're broke. Your love life's D.O.A." And so the Rembrandts sing their jangly blues each week in th...

    by Michael Tortorello on November 27, 1996
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    Stand By Your Man

    Carousel Royal National Theatre Clown Noir: If the Gumshoe Fits MC2 Mask & Clown Company OVER THE PAST several weeks of theatergoing, from A Doll's House to Dimly Perceived Threats to the System to The Sound of a Voice to Hard Times to the...

    by Kate Sullivan on November 20, 1996
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    Princess of Tides - The Mirror Has Two Faces reflects Barbra Streisand's ambition to have it all.

    I never thought of acting and producing and directing as a problem. It saves steps for me. I don't have to get the opinions of three people. --Barbra Streisand The above quote is taken from the laser disc of The Prince of Tides, ...

    by Rob Nelson on November 20, 1996
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    Life on the River

    "DECK HAND IS the number-one ranked most dangerous job," Shane growls, aiming his tobacco juice in the general direction of the garbage can. "Wrong," Mike retorts. "You haven't been watching enough HBO. I just watched this special. Number-...

    by Joseph Hart on November 20, 1996
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    Sliding into Extinction

    Dimly Perceived Threats to the System Illusion Theater SOMEONE IN THE audience said that actress Victoria Englemayer downs 18 cans of Coke a night as the malnourished, clothes-shredding teenager Christine in Dimly Perceived Threats to the...

    by Kate Sullivan on November 13, 1996
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    Bed Politics

    The Bed Experiment Margolis Brown Company BACK IN MY pimply prepubescence I had the misfortune of reading a dime-store tract codifying a thing called "body language." The act of crossing one's legs, I learned, was a sort of cipher with a d...

    by Michael Tortorello on November 13, 1996
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    Leaving Dada - As the Walker's retrospective shows, Hannah Hch's art grew far beyond the movement that birthed her.

    A large photo of Hannah Hch presides over the entrance to her retrospective; lifting a magnifying glass to her eye, she looks to be inspecting all those coming to her show. It's an apt image. The photomontages on display here, row upon ro...

    by Julie Caniglia on November 13, 1996
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    Order in the Court

    DOWN AT THE courthouse the other day, the Ramsey County Attorney was laying out the charges in a tangle of legalese. In lay terms, it was a case of domestic abuse--a man accused of beating his wife. Both were Vietnamese, and neither spoke...

    by Josie Rawson on November 13, 1996
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    Bewitched

    The Sound of a Voice Theater Mu The Accidental Death of an Anarchist Hidden Theatre THE AVERAGE HUMAN being is an Asian woman. Think about that fact for a minute and it can start to sound utterly strange, like a word repeated over and ove...

    by Kate Sullivan on November 6, 1996
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    Working for the Man This season, television rediscovers the proletariat.

    Domination has its own aesthetics, and democratic domination has its democratic aesthetics. --Herbert Marcuse Well I'd say they've won. The man, the bosses, the guys upstairs. They want us to fight with each other so w...

    by Michael Tortorello on November 6, 1996
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    A Fisk Called Lute

    "IF YOU ASK most people what lutefisk is they'll tell you it's cod. But that's not true. When the Scandinavians left the old country, they got on the boat and packed up all their belongings, came across the ocean, got here, got off the boa...

    by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl on November 6, 1996
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    Making Nice

    The Secret Red Eye Dreams Jungle Theater Late Night ONE OF THE many sage truisms my mother Myrna taught me is that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Maybe your mother taught you the same thing. But in the h...

    by Michael Tortorello on October 30, 1996
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    Dead Man Talking

    starke.florida Cheap Theatre TELLTALE TOOTHPRINTS IN a dead girl's ass: that was Ted Bundy's downfall. Sounds like a movie, no? Much of the serial killer's story seems made-up, like the English-class masterpiece by some troubled high sch...

    by Kate Sullivan on October 30, 1996
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    23rd Century Dreaming

    Laura Esquivel The Law of Love Crown PRAY FOR THE novelist whose first book is a hit. If it's translated into 30 languages, made into a hugely popular film, and wins national awards, pray a little harder. No one is under greater pressure ...

    by Kate Sullivan on October 30, 1996
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    Titanic Survivors Tell All - Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler reads tabloids, makes literature.

    After turning the last page of Robert Olen Butler's new short story collection Tabloid Dreams--reluctantly, for I didn't want it to end--I dashed off to the supermarket for a copy of Weekly World News. I did this partly in a predictable at...

    by Will Hermes on October 30, 1996
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    A Dull House

    A Doll's House Guthrie Theater A Presidential Town Hall Debate The Democratic and Republican National Committees ONE OF THE things I like best about the Guthrie's production of A Doll's House--the first staging of the play in the theater'...

    by Michael Tortorello on October 23, 1996
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    Fathers & Sins

    IT'S AFTERNOON RUSH hour in Manhattan, and author Larry Brown is speaking so softly his voice can barely be heard over the traffic 13 stories below his hotel room. "I guess I'm always so shocked by the way that some people do," says the Mi...

    by Laura Reynolds Adler on October 23, 1996
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    It Takes A Nation Of Millions

    Local disputes highlight a national debate about the state of black theater. by Michael Tortorello In June of this year, playwright August Wilson addressed The Theatre Communications Group, the preeminent national conference of theater ar...

    by City Pages Staff on October 23, 1996
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    Beyond Drinking and Driving - A number of Minnesota jurisdictions are experimenting with more aggressive and invasive programs to deal with repeat drunk-driving offenders.

    For the past 10 years, local and national arrests for first-time drunk-driving offenses have been on a steady decline. But the number of those re-arrested on DWI charges has remained fairly constant; there have even been instances in which...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on October 23, 1996
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    Book Shorts

    Book Shorts Kim Benabib Obscene Bodies HarperCollins IS THE PUBLISHING industry really floating on the wave of a literary renaissance, or is it merely being pumped up with a bookish equivalent to junk bonds? I'd wager the latter, to judge ...

    by City Pages Staff on October 16, 1996
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