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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Dogs of War

    ANCIENT EUROPEANS GUARDED against demons by erecting gargoyles, the theory being that the gargoyles would out-scare the demons. That same premise led Herr Ludwig Dobermann to develop, through crossbreeding, the Doberman Pinscher; the fier...

    by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl on October 16, 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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    American Heroics

    DANCE AFFICIONADOS CAN go on about the exquisite Indian dance forms finding purchase here in the Twin Cities, the lustrous new gems presented by American Ballet Theatre last week, the box office excitement greeting percussive dance here an...

    by Camille LeFevre on October 16, 1996
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    Culture Quake

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Penumbra Theatre Company PENUMBRA THEATRE CELE-BRATED the beginning of its 20th anniversary season on Saturday, October 5, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Saint Paul Hotel. Renowned playwright and Penumbra...

    by Michael Tortorello on October 16, 1996
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    Cinephilia, Eyestrain, Vertigo - This year's New York Film Festival kept movie buffs reeling.

    New York-- Compared to Sundance or (so I've heard) Toronto and Cannes, the New York Film Festival is a low-key, low-pressure affair, generally functioning as a Viewer's Digest version of the bigger festivals. Awards aren't given,...

    by Rob Nelson on October 16, 1996
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    How the West was Lost

    THE SIGN IN front of the old Stagecoach Museum reads "now open," and it's not entirely inaccurate. Long ago, vandals put out the eyes of the rotting buildings and tumble-down facades that make up the abandoned theme park in Shakopee, and n...

    by Joseph Hart on October 9, 1996
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    Endangered Species

    Pterodactyls Fully Reciprocal Theatre Company "In the beginning, there were dinosaurs." So says the sputtering Todd during the prologue of Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls, in which he delivers a very confused and compressed history of the worl...

    by Michael Tortorello on October 9, 1996
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    Lost & Found

    Mina Loy The Lost Lunar Baedeker:Poems Farrar Straus Giroux IF THE WRITER Mina Loy is remembered at all, it's as a kind of shadow figure. There she is, scratching around in the margins of Gertrude Stein's memoirs. Or Marcel Duchamp's. Or D...

    by Josie Rawson on October 9, 1996
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    Reborn in the USA - Bruce Springsteen finds new stories to tell.

    "All you folks with old favorites you wanna hear can just relax," Bruce Springsteen told the crowd with a good-natured laugh midway through his Northrup Auditorium show last Thursday. "Because I ain't gonna play 'em." In fact Springsteen d...

    by Steve Perry on October 9, 1996
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