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    Loner Kids - Art from Kinkos at midnight

    Suzanne McCall pulls individual flavored creamers out of the Starving Artist Treasure Chest. The giant cooler is crammed full of neatly piled Tupperware and bags of potato chips. She and her partner, Sylvia Volc?n, often host middle-of-the-night vis...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 3, 2000
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    Love and Rockets

    Rocket to the Moon, an old play by a once Very Important but now Mostly Overlooked American dramatist, Clifford Odets, reeks with love unrequited, awkward and passionate. Which is to say, it's real love. Love is fickle, people like to say, and amo...

    by Joel Beers on August 3, 2000
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    Punk Rock 101

    Johnny Thunders wasn't just another rock & roll junkie who got high and burned out. He was special. Thunders achieved a triumphant conquest of early American punk rock as a guitarist extraordinaire for the New York Dolls. His reputation for drug abu...

    by FRANK SEDDIGH on August 3, 2000
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    Bad Commies! - Unlikely interpretations at MOLAA- or is that MOOLAH?

    Photo by Jack Gould We do have a bizarre little cornerof the world to love, don't we? A couple of months ago, when the Orange County Museum of Art's satellite in South Coast Plaza exhibited a bunch of real fancy multiples--lithos, etc. intended to m...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 27, 2000
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    Country That Still Ain't Cool

    You're no doubt wonderingwhy an official emissary of the Weekly, the ultimate arbiter of all that's hip, relevant and important, would bother reviewing Always . . . Patsy Cline, a musical based on the songs of a country singer who died in 1963. Well...

    by Joel Beers on July 27, 2000
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    Heartfelt Heartbreak

    Irish-born George Bernard Shaw'spiercingly intelligent, witty social criticism peaked in his 1919 play Heartbreak House. Written with World War I still echoing over the continent, Shaw turned his pen to a pointed satire of the stuffiness and rigid c...

    by JOSEPH SIROTA on July 27, 2000
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    Masterfully Horrible

    What a bizarre choice for a theater company with the temerity to claim (in both press release and program) that it intends to present "theater with a message." Yes, in their production of John Strand's Lovers and Executioners, the Master's Repertory...

    by RUSSELL DUNN on July 27, 2000
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    Shake, Rattle and Roll Speare

    It's midsummer, and that means it's time for half the theater companies in California to trot out Shakespeare. In the Troubadour Theater Company's case, it's time for another Shakespeare parody. This year's offering (currently at the Grove Theatre...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on July 20, 2000
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    Aint That America - Little pink houses for you and mewithout you and me

    Photo by Jack GouldRick Monzon's America is as soft-focus and pleasantly blurry as Angelyne the Billboard Queen's ever-gauzier portraits. Hell, they don't even take pictures of her anymore; now the omnipresent pinup girl is an illustration! Like t...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 20, 2000
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    Big Old Jews - Once upon a time, literary giants bestrode the Earth

    Last year, critics got all adrenalized by a book of short stories by a young Jewish writer named Nathan Englander. For the Relief of Unbearable Urges was a strong, sturdy debut, but what got people riled up as much as Englander's impressive emotiona...

    by CORNEL BONCA on July 20, 2000
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    Great Timing

    "Bad timing" is one of those bullshit excuses that the less enthusiastic half of a potential couple offers when trying to explain why this thing that is happening won't be happening any longer. It's bullshit because "bad timing" is what happens when...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
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    Huh?!

    Call it ?berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
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    Huh?!

    Call it ?berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
  • Article

    Huh?!

    Call it ?berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
  • Article

    Huh?!

    Call it ?berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
  • Article

    Huh?!

    Call it ?berdirection. That's what director Scott Feldsher's mounting of August Strindberg's 1907 nightmare of a play The Ghost Sonata feels like. From staging the first scene as a precisely orchestrated pantomime outside the antique church Sledgeha...

    by Joel Beers on July 20, 2000
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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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