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    Sweet Sting

    MYSTICS By Douglas Carter Beane Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Studio Theatre Does wit punish wickedness, as satirists claim? Or does laughter act as a safety valve, draining off the pressure to take action against knaves and fools? Do...

    by Harry Weber on March 31, 1999
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    Southern Discomfort - Novelist Padgett Powell draws on his Florida upbringing to examine -- with sometimes disturbing accuracy -- his Southern brethren

    "I have nothing in mind," says author Padgett Powell when asked about his writing process. "I'm quite serious. I'm writing and these words are coming, and they're good enough to support themselves and generate some more, and then at some point maybe ...

    by Theresa Everline on March 24, 1999
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    Short Seens

    In William Mastrosimone's Shivaree, young Chandler Kimbrough thinks of himself as a freak, crippled less by hemophilia than by an overprotective mother. In the recent St. Louis University production, Ben Klein made vivid Chandler's suffering and long...

    by Bob Wilcox on March 24, 1999
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    D.O.A.

    THE CEMETERY CLUB By Ivan Manchell The New Jewish Theatre Once upon a time, you had to leave your house and go to a theater to see a show like The Cemetery Club. Now you can stay home and watch it on TV -- a rerun of The Golden Girls...

    by Harry Weber on March 24, 1999
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    Dark Knights

    CAMELOT By Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe New Line Theatre King Arthur had a big idea. He would channel his knights' love of violence into a positive outlet. Instead of "Might makes right," he would make their motto "Might for the righ...

    by Harry Weber on March 17, 1999
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    Sweet Talker - Rep director Steve Woolf relishes bringing the character of the seductive Alexa Vere de Vere to life in a new production of As Bees in Honey Drown

    Sitting and rereading Douglas Carter Beane's smart and piercing comedy As Bees in Honey Drown, two memories from college classrooms emerged. First, as an undergraduate, I witnessed perhaps the longest and most extended (weeks, really) argument over a...

    by Mike Isaacson on March 17, 1999
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    Short Seens

    The Brady Bunch may be beyond parody now. The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre finds fresher material in The Mod Squad, with Oscar Madrid, Don McClendon and Amy Marie Julia Elz (the sleeping beauty -- good touch) striking amusing poses. It's often kinda ...

    by Bob Wilcox on March 17, 1999
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    'Hood Winks

    THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD By David Mamet Off the Cuff David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood starts off with a couple of Jewish guys sittin' around talkin'. It is, indeed, the old neighborhood, very familiar Mamet turf. The two men go on abou...

    by Harry Weber on March 10, 1999
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    Playing With a Full Deck - An appreciation of the artistry of Ricky Jay

    Over the phone from the set of Magnolia, a new movie directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights), author/historian/archivist/actor and sleight-of-hand-man extraordinaire Ricky Jay is thrown only momentarily when asked if St. Louis figures in the...

    by David Clewell on March 10, 1999
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    Fresco Produce

    KERRY ROSE SHEAR: THE FINDING OF THE ORIGIN OF PERSPECTIVE Left Bank Books Gallery LISA ALLEN: RECENT SCULPTURE St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Gallery of Art A most curious exhibition is housed in the basement of Left Ban...

    by Eddie Silva on March 3, 1999
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    Wry Crisp - The man who would be queen comes to the St. Marcus with whatever is on his mind

    Had Quentin Crisp been born a polite, well-mannered, progressive Victorian lady in the 19th century, he would have disappeared into history. But in a true accident of birth, Crisp was born a polite, well-mannered, progressive Victorian lady in this c...

    by Eddie Silva on March 3, 1999
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    College Boards

    ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION By John Patrick Shanley SIU-Edwardsville University Theater Before writing his Oscar-winning screenplay for Moonstruck, John Patrick Shanley visited New York's Little Italy in his play Italian American Reconc...

    by Bob Wilcox on March 3, 1999
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    Now You See It

    MIKE JAVERNICK: NEW PAINTINGS Elliot Smith Contemporary Art As Mike Javernick's work has developed over the last three years, it has made various ambitious stops around the city. I first saw his work at Art St. Louis in their annual juried exhi...

    by Eddie Silva on February 24, 1999
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    Beale Street Blues

    I AM A MAN By OyamO St. Louis Black Repertory Company For his play I Am a Man, OyamO picks the 1968 strike of the black sanitation workers in Memphis as a vessel to hold the seismic eruptions that were making America a different socie...

    by Harry Weber on February 24, 1999
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    Little Things Mean A Lot

    THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO By Alfred Uhry Repertory Theatre of St. Louis In Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy, race-based class distinctions carry a history, however veiled, of violence and oppression. In the playwright's The Last Nig...

    by Harry Weber on February 17, 1999
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    Glass Notes - Philip Glass goes solo at the Edison Theatre

    When Philip Glass was a boy growing up in Baltimore in the 1940s and early '50s, his father owned a record store. The young Glass' first musical education came from the records his father brought home: the symphonies of Bartok, the chamber music of B...

    by Eddie Silva on February 17, 1999
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    Portraits of the Artists

    MATTHEW ANTEZZO and MATT MULLICAN Forum for Contemporary Art Seven paintings by Matthew Antezzo make their St. Louis debut at the Forum for Contemporary Art, and unless you're well versed in contemporary painting theory, they're liable to leave...

    by Eddie Silva on February 10, 1999
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    Attractive Sight

    SIGHT UNSEEN By Donald Margulies New Jewish Theatre When the Rep produced Donald Margulies' Sight Unseen a few years ago, I thought Joneal Joplin's performance as the husband of the protagonist's old girlfriend was one of the best th...

    by Harry Weber on February 10, 1999
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    Secrets Sharer - Sherry Glaser reveals her family's history in a funny but painfully frank one-woman show

    Think of Lucille Ball and you think of predicaments -- Lucy stomping grapes, Lucy trying to keep up with the conveyor belt, Lucy having a baby. Although the line between male and female has blurred since Lucy's time, actress and writer Sherry Glaser ...

    by Susan Kelley on February 3, 1999
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    Short Seens

    George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover have both done sparkling work on musicals. And their brainchild Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk comes complete with the usual musical-theater trappings of book and lyrics (by Reg E. Gaines) and music (by Daryl ...

    by Bob Wilcox on February 3, 1999
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