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    Comfort Food - The Jungle Theater's production of Bus Stop is a deliciously realistic study of different kinds of love.

    Famous people who commit suicide are forever defined by their deaths. We come to look on them as marked by the defect of premature death, a rubber stamp at the end of their life story that says, "I told you so." But it may be more accurate to define...

    by Kate Sullivan on December 18, 1996
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    Anarchy From Outer Space - Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! throws a cream pie in the face of our independence.

    As a child, [Tim] Burton was, by his own admission, moderately destructive. He would rip the heads off his toy soldiers and terrorize the kid next door by convincing him that aliens had landed. --Mark Salisbury, Burton on Burton The pinko commie In...

    by Rob Nelson on December 11, 1996
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    Holiday Confections

    Black Nativity As a newcomer to the Cities, I heard stories about this show bordering on the mythic; a critic at this paper once called it "holy." Indeed, this song-and-dance revue has some wonderfully surprising elements, most of all a seriously f...

    by City Pages Staff on December 11, 1996
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    Fattening the Goose

    A Christmas Carol Guthrie Theater The Three Musketeers Theatre de la Jeune Lune HOLIDAY SHOWS ARE strange half-breeds. They serve as cash cows for theaters, yet inevitably urge us to transcend our own material concerns. Of course, even spiritually e...

    by Kate Sullivan on December 4, 1996
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    Dead On Arrival - Tupac's posthumous Makaveli, along with new releases by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, take gangsta rap to different ends

    There are rumors on the Internet that Tupac Shakur faked his own murder. One conspiracy theorist offers up no fewer than 18 detailed reasons to suspect that the incident was an elaborate hoax. Many of them were circumstantial curiosities: Why wasn't...

    by Britt Robson on December 4, 1996
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    Semi-Magic Realism

    Help! (Ayuda!) Mixed Blood Theatre Company Mystery of the Rose Bouquet guthrie, too THE STORY GOES like this: Nicole--make that "Nick"--(Melinda Lopez) is a highly successful New York book editor who reeks of competence; her latest triumph is a se...

    by Kate Sullivan on November 27, 1996
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    ABEL FERRARA KEEPS, as they say, vampire hours. But when we finally reach the notoriously unpredictable director of Bad Lieutenant and The Funeral at his loft cum production office in lower Manhattan late one afternoon, he seems genuinely eager to t...

    by Rob Nelson on November 27, 1996
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    Merchant of Grief

    THE BLACK MERCEDES sweeps into the parking lot under signage reading "Bradshaw: Creating Meaningful Events That Celebrate Life." Tall and chesty in his herringbone jacket, Jim Bradshaw rushes into the building. A piece of his trim hair hovers out ov...

    by Ann Bauleke on November 27, 1996
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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