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    Blood and Nembutal

    It's tempting to think Joe Orton's reputation was enhanced by the fact that he lived fast and died young. Sexually and chemically adventurous, Orton was killed at the age of 34 in 1967--bludgeoned to death with a hammer by his gay lover, who then wr...

    by Joel Beers on October 5, 2000
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    Hell in a Thong

    "War is hell." Check. "War is especially hell on the survivors." Got it. "War is particularly hellacious on the female survivors because they would have had the smarts not to get involved in such a harebrained endeavor in the first place." Right...

    by EVAN HENERSON on October 5, 2000
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    Perversity Rocks, Stitches Tanks

    I wasn't at the meeting, so I don't know who decided to pair these strikingly dissimilar one-acts on the same bill. Note to oversight committee: some comedies don't really mix. We start with David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, a jump-cut-s...

    by SCOTT SANDIN on October 5, 2000
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    Poor Rich People - OC gets the treatment in Everett Beekin

    It's taken 37 years, but South Coast Repertory is finally staging a play set in modern Orange County. The second half of Richard Greenberg's new play, Everett Beekin, unfolds along the Orange County coastline and on the Unity Bridge, that weirdly li...

    by Joel Beers on September 28, 2000
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    Mazel Tov!

    After winning every award in sight for Driving Miss Daisy, a substantial and moving drama about Southern Jews, what was playwright Alfred Uhry to do next? How about writing The Last Night of Ballyhoo, another substantial and moving drama about South...

    by LAURENCE WOLFF on September 28, 2000
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    Charles Mingus' Monkey

    Charles Mingus wrestled with one big fucking monkey. Just when his life seemed to be settling into something approaching constancy, the monkey would snort and squall: reprisal, retribution, punishment. The monkey was a wicked hybrid of high-pitched ...

    by NATHAN LESLIE on September 28, 2000
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    BANG! - Tony Millionaire's answer to all the bogusness

    Who, besides the most priggish among us, has not guffawed at a portly fellow howling after a swift kick to the crotch? Who deigns to pity the long-suffering Zeppo? Who weeps for the Stooge? The halls of comic history are strewn with pie-spattere...

    by Chris Ziegler on September 28, 2000
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    Running With Scissors - Long Beach's dangerous but gentle performance art

    Amber is a pretty strawberry blonde, on this Saturday night sitting on a planter at the corner of Broadway and Pine in Long Beach. A spray bottle, comb and small scissors (with the dangerous points ground down to rounded tips) were tied to her belt ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 28, 2000
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    Too Funny

    Americans--God help us--delight in the modern English farce. Plays by the likes of Alan Ayckbourn, Peter Schaeffer and Michael Frayn are ubiquitous on the stages of your typical Southern California professional theater company. No wonder: the Lettic...

    by RUSSELL DUNN on September 21, 2000
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    For whom the Belle Tolls

    Nearly 25 years after premiering The Belle of Amherst, actress Julie Harris and director Charles Nelson Reilly (yes, she of Knots Landing and he of The Match Game and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir fame) have resurrected their triumphant one-woman show abo...

    by ANNA BARR on September 21, 2000
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    Did My Brain Hurt

    With his program notes, director Matthew Wilder sets the tone for Sledgehammer Theatre's mounting of two Samuel Beckett one-acts, Krapp's Last Tape and Play: "Beckett is smarter than we are. He is tortured; he mocks life's expectations and doesn't a...

    by THOMAS HYATT on September 21, 2000
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    God Takes the Rap

    So maybe Dan Riley's Spinelli, a play about humans railing against the life God dealt them, isn't exploring uncharted territory. But Riley, a degreed theologian, brings a rare combination of creativity, intelligence and belly laughs to his twist--in...

    by JOSEPH SIROTA on September 21, 2000
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    Duck and Cover-up - "Atomic City" Doesn't quite reveal the whole truth of our curious relationship with Nukes

    There are pictures in the exhibit "Atomic City: Southern California in the Nuclear Age" that speak far, far less than a thousand words. In a corner devoted to civil-defense programs, along with the obligatory scene of schoolchildren learning to duck...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on September 21, 2000
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    Sex In the City of Tomorrow - OCMA exhibit discovers when screwing became really mechanical

    Photo by Keith MayThough brief--just a dozen or so sculptural objects and works on paper--"Correspondences" is nimble enough to display the uncanny convergences and marked "correspondences" between Noguchi and Kelly. Both developed an affinity for b...

    by JONATHAN FELDMAN on August 31, 2000
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    All Over the Road - Reg photographer Mell Kilpatricks car-crash photography takes a dark journey beyond the American highway

    Photo by Mell Kilpatrick, Car Crashes and Other Sad Stories (Taschen)The tortured metal. The mangled limbs. The captions assigned to Mell Kilpatrick's photographs in Car Crashes and Other Sad Stories (Taschen) are terse and terrible models of emo...

    by BRAD ZELLAR on August 31, 2000
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    Death Becomes Us - Not yet in Depends, we moon after our youths

    Photo by Jack GouldDeanna J. Reposa was looking for some publicity for her new Newport Beach art gallery, djr International Art. So she did what any smart Newport mama would do: she looked for a charity to fund through a party held in conjunction wi...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 31, 2000
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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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