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    The Unbearable Burden of Lightness - Chris Burden is Terribly Deep, or could be

    Aging legend Chris Burden is a popular guy. People dig it that he had himself shot in one of his 1970s performances--his shock tactics would eventually inform the style of shock jocks like Howard Stern, but with critical fawning--and he and his garg...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 24, 2000
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    Generation X's True Believer - For Dave Eggers, it aint just marketing its an orgy

    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which Dave Eggers calls "a kind of a memoir-y kind of thing," begins before it begins with a copyright page Eggers can't help but fuck with a little bit, interpolating among the legal boilerplate a correcti...

    by CORNEL BONCA on August 24, 2000
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    Shaky Shakespeare

    Changing Masks is the gypsy troupe of Orange County theater companies. For five years, it has bounced around the county, surfacing once a year at venues as varied as a Laguna Beach nightclub and a Newport Beach church. For its current production of ...

    by Joel Beers on August 24, 2000
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    A God so Little

    Bless me and mine, oh, Father, and forgive me for what I must write about a play highlighting your bigness and not much else. Let us pray. God's Man in Texas is currently preaching its way through a run at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Any cri...

    by THOMAS HYATT on August 24, 2000
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    Communication Breakdown

    The full name of the play is The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, which is exactly the number of words you'd need to describe the experience of watching this play: don't bother seeing it unless you want...

    by Joel Beers on August 24, 2000
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    The Real Deal

    Two Years Before the Mastcould have been so much less. This one-man theatrical adaptation of Richard Henry Dana's account of a sailor's life circa 1834 could have been a mere stage version of such bulldozed realities as Mission Viejo (which is neith...

    by Joel Beers on August 17, 2000
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    Taming Bill

    William Shakespeare: Misogynist? This is the question and the controversy raised by Shakespeare's most infamous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew.Now, we all know that marrying a strong-willed, headstrong woman because you need the money and then pr...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on August 10, 2000
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    Everything but the Talking Poo

    Who would have predicted that William Shakespeare would one day receive a production in Orange County that recalls South Park and Marvel Comics without compromising the playwright's poetry and intellectual brilliance? No one, and yet here it is: S...

    by Joel Beers on August 10, 2000
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    Kafka in a Bikini - Aimee Benders bent reality

    An Invisible Sign of My Own is the debut novel of Aimee Bender, the newest pearl in the string of success stories coming out of UC Irvine's MFA program (she had a Los Angeles Timesbest-seller in 1998 with her collection of stories, The Girl in the F...

    by CORNEL BONCA on August 10, 2000
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    Yaaay! The Death of Art! - Poetry Slam goes literary

    Prologue The ancient Japanese claimed that a warrior is measured by his enemies. Maybe an artist is measured by his critics. Slam poets, particularly, have lots of those, including ?bercritic Harold Bloom. "I can't bear these accounts I read in th...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on August 3, 2000
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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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