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  • Taking the Hit


    Taking the Hit

    ELIZABETH STREB IS on the phone from New York at the uncivilized hour of 7 a.m., talking (lucidly) about falling flat down from ridiculous heights, fractured wrists and noses, fast motorcycles and rodeo: "Those eight-second guys in rodeo! I am so i...

    by Jelena Petrovic on May 14, 1997
  • Shakespearean Tabloid - Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief


    Shakespearean Tabloid - Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief

    Fully Reciprocal Theatre Company SHAKESPEARE'S DESDEMONA has been called many things--innocent, virtuous, loyal, honest, blond--but seldom does the scholarship indicate that Desdemona was a lusty, two-timing tramp. But now that playwright Paula V...

    by Tad Simons on May 14, 1997
  • The Remains of the Day


    The Remains of the Day

    CHRISTINA HARRISON SETS her spade into the ground at a sharp angle, pushes, and lifts. A load of dirt drops onto a frame strung with wire mesh. She shakes the sieve until all that remains on top are what look like a few odd-shaped pebbles. Harrison...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 7, 1997
  • Chi-Tome



    Donald L. Miller City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America Touchstone IT'S THE PROBLEM of the writer, not to mention the teacher, to convey passion and ambiguity simultaneously. And in telling the story of the buildin...

    by Sara Vowell on April 30, 1997
  • Where Are They Now? - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion commemorates Gen-X nostalgia


    Where Are They Now? - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion commemorates Gen-X nostalgia

    I went to a restaurant recently that had posted a list of "Inappropriate Topics of Conversation." Along with Dennis Rodman and Tiny Murdered Beauty Queens, the list included Bad Movies with Gratuitous '80s Soundtracks. I will take it on faith that ...

    by Julie Caniglia on April 30, 1997
  • The Anatomy of Disgust


    The Anatomy of Disgust

    Quills Eye of the Storm AS THE NECROPHILE said of his latest date, so I acclaim Eye of the Storm's excellent new production on the Marquis de Sade: "Well worth the dig!" Pardon me. I have Sadomy on the brain, having seen two fine works on the man in...

    by Kate Sullivan on April 23, 1997
  • Shock Resistant


    Shock Resistant

    Long Day's Journey Into Night Jungle Theater DRUG ADDICTION AND family dysfunction ain't what they used to be. Why, there was a time in this country when if you had a family member whose medicinal needs went beyond two aspirin and a shot of whiskey,...

    by Tad Simons on April 23, 1997
  • Getting Into the Groove - In two new works, Sarah Skaggs and Morgan Thorson break down the wall between concert dance and club culture.


    Getting Into the Groove - In two new works, Sarah Skaggs and Morgan Thorson break down the wall between concert dance and club culture.

    As a college student faced with choosing a career, Sarah Skaggs was drawn to anthropology. Somewhere between academia and downtown New York, however, the Virginia native became a modern dancer, and eventually a choreographer. But she never lost her...

    by Caroline Palmer on April 23, 1997
  • Crazy Wisdom Masters - The Jungle Brothers' careful return to hip hop.


    Crazy Wisdom Masters - The Jungle Brothers' careful return to hip hop.

    Ask hip hop fans about the Jungle Brothers and they'll likely refer you to better-known groups De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. For folks old enough to remember rap's pre-gangsta days--the 1987-90 period some nostalgically call hip hop's golden...

    by Roni Sarig on April 16, 1997
  • Word Up


    Word Up

    Chasing the Sun: Dictionary Makers and the Dictionaries They Made Jonathon Green THERE'S SOMETHING IRONIC in the way conservatives get upset over improper language, all the while using "liberal" as an epithet bearing no relation to its dictio...

    by Paul Rosenberg on April 16, 1997
  • Unisex Bloodlust


    Unisex Bloodlust

    Rene Denfeld Kill the Body, the Head Will Fall Warner Books "I THINK OF the rock star Courtney Love, who has been accused of assaulting fans and fellow musicians. Love has gloated over her violence, and for the most part, the press has joined...

    by Kate Sullivan on April 16, 1997
  • Whip it Good


    Whip it Good

    SARAH CONSIDERS HERSELF a great cook and she's always wanted to run her own restaurant. Fate has blazed a different trail for this local woman who, among other things, operates a thriving dominatrix center called, plainly put, "The Center." Mistress...

    by Amanda Ferguson on April 16, 1997
  • Refugee Crew


    Refugee Crew

    Always Together Theatre Lagniappe ONE SUPPOSES THE sentimental English title of Romanian playwright Anca Visdei's play would sound better and mean more in the original French, as would perhaps everything in this ill-conceived but earnest production....

    by Tad Simons on April 9, 1997
  • Of Love and Sadism


    Of Love and Sadism

    Madame de Sade The Mary Worth Theatre Company THE MOST INTRIGUING aspect of Madame de Sade--a look at the notorious whipster from women's p.o.v.--might be the playwright himself, the prolific and renowned Yukio Mishima, born in Tokyo in 1925. The st...

    by Kate Sullivan on April 9, 1997
  • Hard Eight


    Hard Eight

    How fitting that the opening-night movie of this venerably risk-taking festival should be about gamblers. An aging tipster (Philip Baker Hall) meets a hungry young vagabond (John C. Reilly) in Reno and shows him the key to hustling a free hotel room ...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Gray's Anatomy

    Spalding Gray's latest filmic monologue chronicles his affliction with an eye disorder known as a macula pucker, and the ends to which he goes to treat it. These include visits to a nutritional opthamologist (and ski enthusiast) in Nutley, New Jersey...

    by Will Hermes on April 9, 1997
  • Article


    Any indie filmmaker with talent who decides to direct a Cassavetes-style drama is hardly being unoriginal, for his was not a series of films so much as a philosophy of cinema. The challenge for a Cassavetes scholar isn't figuring out how to remake Sh...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Chronicle of a Disappearance

    In a series of filmed diary entries, Palestinian moviemaker Elia Suleiman records his return home after a self-imposed exile in New York. Captured by a camera that hardly seems to move except when cutting from shot to violent shot, Chronicle voyeuris...

    by Cecily Marcus on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Ulysses' Gaze

    One could think of this epic odyssey as another self-reflexive Rivertown story: A man known as A (Harvey Keitel) goes against the commercial dictates of his filmmaking career to embark on an obsessive search for the rarest of movies--the Lumire-like...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Children of the Revolution

    This is clever stuff from Australia, starring a better-than-ever Judy Davis and based on a wacky premise: What if, on the last night of his life, Josef Stalin slept with a woman, and she was an Australian communist, and this union brought a child? Su...

    by Phil Anderson on April 9, 1997
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