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    Short Seens

    After a slightly slow and rhythmically flat first act, the Hawthorne Players had me in stitches with their mastery of the difficult physical comedy in the second and third acts of Michael Frayn's anarchic farce Noises Off. Credit Dottie Bertolino's e...

    by Bob Wilcox on April 21, 1999
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    Dane to be Different

    Rachel Tiemann admits she's more the Ophelia type. Tiemann is tall, slender, long limbed, with wide brown eyes and a round face that, when she smiles, reveals two adorable dimples. Her hair is cropped short these days, because she's not playing the s...

    by Eddie Silva on April 14, 1999
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    Bland Expressionism

    BELINDA LEE: NEW WORK MICHAEL SWISHER: RECENT WORK Elliot Smith Contemporary Art Belinda Lee's new paintings depict solitary human figures in the center of the picture as seen through a veil of rain, smoke or shadow. These men and women are...

    by Eddie Silva on April 14, 1999
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    Hot Water

    The Water Children By Wendy MacLeod The New Theatre Wendy MacLeod's play The Water Children, which The New Theatre opened last weekend at New City School, takes about the clearest look at the debate over legal abortion I have experienced. T...

    by Bob Wilcox on April 14, 1999
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    Silent Treatment - The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Magic Circle Mime Company to point young listeners toward classical music

    * Do you need a silencer to shoot a mime? * "Mime Dead at Age 89." His last words? "I meant 'stroke,' not 'row, row, row!'" * A hunter spies a wild mime out in a field, turns to his gun bearer and says, "The situation has changed, Jules. Take my...

    by Susan Kelley on April 7, 1999
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    Wax Ecstatic - Lois Conley's Black World History Wax Museum brings the African-American past vividly alive in the present

    If you think wax museums are a thing of the past, or the stuff of campy Vincent Price movies, or just high kitsch -- like Madame Tussaud's London collection of paraffin politicians, princesses and "beautiful people" -- you haven't been paying attenti...

    by Ivy Schroeder on March 31, 1999
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    Site Seeing

    CURRENTS 77: DIANA THATER and REVEALING THE HOLY LAND: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION OF PALESTINE St. Louis Art Museum Their subjects may be separated by a half a world and more than 100 years, but two new exhibits at the St. Louis Art Museu...

    by Ivy Schroeder on March 31, 1999
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    '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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