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    Pre-Postmodern Elvis - The Crooners Lounge is serious about the King

    Photo by Jack GouldThere are so many different kinds of bad taste. Take (please!) the Overstuffed Elegance model (gilded Rococo chairs with ropes across them; grand pianos with signs requesting that you not play them; arrangements of big ostrich fea...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 13, 2000
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    Raw Deal

    When an undercover FBI operation goes wrong, as it does in Matt Witten's The Deal, you know somebody is going to get hurt. Inspired by a political-corruption case in Boston, The Deal traces a battle of wits and wiretaps between FBI agents and their ...

    by LAURENCE WOLFF on July 13, 2000
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    Not Quite Hell

    In the French, Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit is a sometimes funny, fast-paced examination of the author's hell-is-other-people philosophy. In this Rude Guerrilla production (based on a new translation by Andrew Nienaber), No Exit is unfunny and slow an...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on July 13, 2000
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    Not So Shrewd

    Shakespeare Orange County has realized Shakespeare's controversial "anti-feminist" tour de force without any critique, self-reflection or interpretive ingenuity that might make the play more palatable to a contemporary theatergoer. This is not a mat...

    by BRYAN REYNOLDS on July 13, 2000
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    ALLOFSHAKESPEARESPLAYSIN90MINUTES

    You can get by just fine if you're a blues singer performing to a mostly empty room of drunks, just as a serious actor can often deliver a stunning performance in front of a tiny, inattentive audience. But in comedy, especially the type of comedy on...

    by JOSEPH SIROTA on July 6, 2000
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    Not so Perverse

    David Mamet first achieved notoriety with his 1974 dark comedy Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Its profanity and cynical view of relationships was shocking at the time, but 26 years later, it feels about as titillating as a 1950s pinup poster. Directo...

    by ROZANNE TAUCHER on July 6, 2000
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    Twin Peeks

    If you're one of those god-fearin', flag-wavin', death-penalty advocatin', abortion-is-murderin', multiculturalism-hatin', Rush-Limbaugh-listenin' right-wing types, you'll want to drop a bomb --maybe even the bomb--on Orange Coast College's producti...

    by Joel Beers on July 6, 2000
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    Sound, Fury, Waste - John Fantes journey from promising writer to aging reactionary

    Charles Bukowski once called John Fante's Ask the Dust the "finest novel written in all time." Though it's a good idea to factor out the hype quotient in any of King Charles' blurbations, in this case, there's every reason to think he meant it. It m...

    by CORNEL BONCA on July 6, 2000
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    Nude! Nude! Nude! - The naked truth behind Sarah Bain Gallery

    Photo by Jack GouldYou know, I love the nude people. I do. There they are, bein' all nude, their awe-inspiring bellies floating free in the sunshine as if to say, "Hey! Look at me! I'm a big fat belly!" Or else they're real old and lizardy from too ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 29, 2000
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    The Stranger

    Using the same beachfront setting, the two original one-acts that make up this late-night production, Late-Nights at Stages, also have essentially the same premise: the transformations that occur in the lives of the denizens of a beachfront house wh...

    by RUSSELL DUNN on June 29, 2000
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    Blood Simple

    In spinning Federico Garcia Lorca's tale of a union that isn't meant to be, director Mark Wing-Davey doesn't quite bathe the stage in blood, but given the general air of doom, revenge and retribution, you get the sense he should. Get an earful of th...

    by EVAN HENERSON on June 29, 2000
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    Not so Accidentally Brilliant

    It's a drag that the main character in Steven Ludwig's new play, Accidental Dancers, is a gay man buried as deeply in the closet as your favorite Le Tigre shirt. It's a drag because the very notion that this is a "gay" play will excite those who con...

    by Joel Beers on June 29, 2000
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    Of Disco and Dromios

    Perhaps your college English lit professor told you there are only seven plots in literature. The entire list escapes me at the moment, but I do remember that the archetypal "Identical-Twins-With-the-Same-Name-and-Same-Taste-in-Clothes-Are-Confused-...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on June 22, 2000
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    Of Disco and Dromios

    Perhaps your college English lit professor told you there are only seven plots in literature. The entire list escapes me at the moment, but I do remember that the archetypal "Identical-Twins-With-the-Same-Name-and-Same-Taste-in-Clothes-Are-Confused-...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on June 22, 2000
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    Not Amused

    If a play billed as a comedy isn't particularly funny but the dramatic elements are satisfying enough, who do you blame? The playwright for not adding enough jokes? Or the theater's marketing department for misrepresenting what's essentially a drama...

    by RICH BUTCHKO on June 22, 2000
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    Snack Time!

    The six plays that make up six at eight prove that bite-sized theater doesn't have to bite; all six one-acts are tasty appetizers that appeal to a broad palate--from comedy and wartime drama to social satire. Three of the six plays were chosen fro...

    by SCOTT SANDIN on June 22, 2000
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    Love Goddess - Judy Tenuta makes you buff her toes

    Judy Tenuta is really mean. She calls men "pigs" and "dogs" and "pigdogs." Luckily, I am not a man, so Tenuta and I got along swimmingly, especially since I phoned her at the exact minute I was supposed to. (It's a really good way to impress people ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 22, 2000
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    Bloody Liposuctioned Fat! - And other lip-smacking delights!

    Photo by Jack GouldHey, Tyler Stallings! Your sculptural reliefs look like placentas and big clots of bloody liposuctioned fat! Hey, Skeith DeWine! Stallings is doing the same glitter thang you're doing, except his are flat discs impastoed with wh...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 22, 2000
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    All Talk, No Action - Was the sexual revolution really this dull?

    If those who forget history are destined to repeat it, David Allyn's Make Love, Not War proves that those who overanalyze history are destined to remain ambivalent about it. According to Allyn, the sexual revolution of the 1960s was "a time of pop...

    by KARLENE MILLER on June 15, 2000
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    Thats Not Nice! - Cheap shots at good people

    Photo by Jack GouldSawdust folk are a fearsome breed. They're constantly suing one another and writing letters to the Weekly shrieking (I mean shrieking!) that they were ousted from their very expensive booths over backstabbing politics worthy of Ha...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 15, 2000
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