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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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    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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    Summer School

    Musical revues aren't complicated. You take a composer or singer--say, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, or Harry Chapin--you perform his or her songs onstage, and everyone walks away impressed by the diversity and quality of the person's catal...

    by Joel Beers on June 15, 2000
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    Turn out the Lights - This is the end, my friend

    I'm still waiting for proof that the rebellious spirit of rock can be translated into commercial musical theater. Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, Tommy, et al. either watered down the source material or offered tepid rock-tinged scores. On the other...

    by Joel Beers on June 15, 2000
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    Love Stinks, or Am I Just Smelling This Play?

    Sometimes I encounter a show in which my reaction is so opposite to that of the loud guy sitting next to me--the guy saying, "This is the greatest" and humming every time scene-change music is played --that I think, "Maybe I'm not really watching a ...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on June 8, 2000
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    Exuent

    Photo by Johan VogelLet's say Gary Christensen and Pat Terry couldn't abide a Faustian bargain. For 13 years, the couple ran Artistic Repertory Theatre (ART), one of the best theaters in Orange County, producing plays from Albee to O'Neill. Last y...

    by Joel Beers on June 8, 2000
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    Jesus and Cruella DeVil

    Maybe it was Jesus who first popularized the ridiculous notion that the poor and oppressed are better than everybody else. From that nauseating sentiment stem contemporary fables in which poverty breeds an innate sense of nobility, fostering individ...

    by Joel Beers on June 8, 2000
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    The Shock of the Bourgeois - Paintings about women who shop!

    Photo by Jack GouldI've softened on the work of Sally Storch. Her retro '50s urban landscapes in Diane Nelson Fine Art's "Second Annual Women's Exhibition" are so bourgeois they should come framed in boxes from St. John Knits. Perhaps it's the rep...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 8, 2000
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    Emotional Hurdles - Gay track coach goes the distance in Trailblazing

    Any out gay man or lesbian surely knows that coming out into any context or community is never an easy experience. But some spaces are definitely harder to come out in than others. Orange County, notorious for its conservatism, would have to fall in...

    by ALISTAIR MCCARTNEY on June 8, 2000
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    Your Stuff is art! - Fullerton Museum Center gets inside your drawers

    I don't often descend from the mountain and hand down stone tablets. But this week I'm making an exception. It's for your own good. You will go to the Fullerton Museum Center and see "Material World." And you will blab about it all week to anyone wh...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 1, 2000
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    Midgets Still Curse Him - On the many lessons in Randy Newmans education

    The ads for The Education of Randy Newman give me the willies. "Everyman's life in song!" "A musical biography that bears an amazing resemblance to the life of one of America's most exciting composers." "See the USA through the music of Randy ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on June 1, 2000
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    Midsummer Nights - And how come nobody ever calls us impishly cute?

    Lots of weird, existentialist, spoofy, disastrous, funny, deep, meaningful, stupid, overblown, overrated, excellent, outrageous, exciting, can't-wait-to-see-it, what-the-fuck-were-they-thinking-producing-this stuff on tap for what is shaping up as a...

    by Joel Beers on June 1, 2000
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