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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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    Broadcast Blues

    THE FAMILY OF MANN By Theresa Rebeck The New Theatre There's a scene near the end of Theresa Rebeck's The Family of Mann in which Ren (John Krewson) questions his sitcom-writing colleague and now lover Belinda (Laurie McConnell) abou...

    by Bob Wilcox on February 3, 1999
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    More Body Than Mind - Long hailed as a creator of "intellectual" dance, Trisha Brown says what she's really doing is dancing from the heart

    Dance St. Louis has attracted bigger audiences in recent years by making sure its programming each season offers something for everyone. Many will call the Trisha Brown Dance Company this season's "intellectual" offering. Although that would have bee...

    by Susan Kelley on January 27, 1999
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    Learner's Permit

    HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE By Paula Vogel Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Studio Theatre Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive is more than just another story about a man molesting a young girl -- in this case, an uncle obsessed with his niec...

    by Bob Wilcox on January 27, 1999
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    Short Seens

    In Later Life, A.R. Gurney has fun embroidering on the sad story of a too-proper Bostonian. At the Kirkwood Theatre Guild, Kelly Schneider and Ken Lopinot each have fun turning themselves into a half-dozen characters in the man's story, and Jason Wei...

    on January 20, 1999
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    Tale of the Tape - The Improbable Theater Company's 70 Hill Lane relies on basic props and the audience's imagination

    Broadway is full of a technically advanced theater that uses hydraulic sets to make Cathy Rigby "fly" as Peter Pan and the Phantom of the Opera see all. Staircases revolve and helicopters fly by, just like in the movies. Amid the bustling verisimilit...

    by Susan Kelley on January 20, 1999
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    Bridge Over Troubled Waters

    BOURBON AT THE BORDER By Pearl Cleage St. Louis Black Repertory Company A perceptive observer once described the theater as life with the dull parts left out. Playwright Pearl Cleage forgot to leave out the dull parts in Bourbon at t...

    by Bob Wilcox on January 20, 1999
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    Picture Window

    GABRIEL OROZCO: CURRENTS 76 St. Louis Art Museum There is one photograph in Gabriel Orozco: Currents 76, now at the St. Louis Art Museum, that provides a key to understanding Orozco and his art. "Crazy Tourist (Turista Maluco)" shows the afterm...

    by Ivy Schroeder on January 13, 1999
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    Time Zone - Boulevard editor Richard Burgin recalls meeting Jorge Luis Borges, the great Argentine writer who found expression for the infinite

    In the summer of 1967, a precocious senior at Brandeis University, Richard Burgin, learned that his literary hero, the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, would be a few miles down the road at Harvard for the coming school year as the prestigious Cha...

    by Eddie Silva on January 13, 1999
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    Last Laugh

    Mr. Show doesn't have a first name. That's OK; its irreverence demands respect. Behind the program's ambiguous, satirical title is comedy growing wild, clipped right from the vine. Make that Hollywood and Vine. Running at least through January on HBO...

    by Jordan Oakes on January 13, 1999
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    Sound Track

    VISIONS OF JAZZ: THE FIRST CENTURY By Gary Giddins Oxford University Press, 690 pages, $35 During the last 100 years, music readily identified as jazz has performed multiple roles. In the beginning, jazz was an outlaw music, as disreputable...

    by Steve Pick on January 13, 1999
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    Oscar Ceremony

    GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE By Moises Kaufman Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Just the first act of Moises Kaufman's play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, which opened last Friday on the Mainstage of the...

    by Harry Weber on January 13, 1999
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    Wilde Life - The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis explores the triumph and tragedy of Oscar Wilde in Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

    In 1895, with two plays running concurrently in London's West End (The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband), Oscar Wilde -- a most liberated personality living in a stern era -- brought a suit of libel against the Marquess of Queensberry...

    by Eddie Silva on January 6, 1999
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    Needs Salt

    YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN By Clark Gesner Fox Theatre I go to the theater to be entertained. If I nod off during a show, I figure it's not entertaining me. I had a little trouble staying awake at You're a Good Man, Charli...

    by Bob Wilcox on January 6, 1999
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