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    Whom Shall We Whack?

    To be young, gifted and Irish is to inherit one of theater's most prized reputations. Wilde, Shaw, Beckett, O'Casey, Synge, Friel, Yeats and, by extension, O'Neill, inherited it. And so has Martin McDonagh. His use of language and dark humor has bee...

    by Joel Beers on March 23, 2000
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    Is Alzheimers Really This Funny?

    New York artist Mags Church has returned home to Boston to help her aging parents pack and move, with plans to paint one final twilight-years portrait of them while she's at it. She's also hoping to come to terms with them before it's too late--her ...

    by Dave Barton on March 23, 2000
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    Is Alzheimers Really This Funny?

    New York artist Mags Church has returned home to Boston to help her aging parents pack and move, with plans to paint one final twilight-years portrait of them while she's at it. She's also hoping to come to terms with them before it's too late--her ...

    on March 23, 2000
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    A Merry Mikado

    Though intoxicated by its own relentless slapstick buffoonery and silly topical allusions to everything from presidential candidates to the made-for-TV miniscandal Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, director Kent Johnson's rendition of Gilbert...

    by BRYAN REYNOLDS on March 23, 2000
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    Brave Coward

    You might think the "ghost that can be seen and heard by only one person" gag has lost its novelty, and perhaps it has, but the Grove Theater Center's production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, directed by Kevin Cochran, resurrects this old device w...

    by BRYAN REYNOLDS on March 16, 2000
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    How About a Little Respect? - Grove Theater Center battles for truth, honor and faceless lips

    For five years, Kevin Cochran and Charles Johanson, the team behind the Grove Theater Center (GTC), have battled financial tumult and the public misperception that Orange County is a theatrical desert. In the process, they've carved out a unique spo...

    by Joel Beers on March 16, 2000
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    Schindlers List of Art Exhibits - Minus the Saccahrine ending

    Photo by Jack GouldDid I want to go see "Prisoners of Conscience" at the Anaheim Museum? Do I want eczema? But unlike the icky, scrofulous, itchy rash, "Prisoners of Conscience" is not a horrible, half-a-bottle-of-Xanax downer. It's actually very ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 16, 2000
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    Whats My Line?

    It's easy to see why the East German play Knights of the Round Table was so popular: the idea of an aging, modern-dress King Arthur watching his kingdom slip away works on so many metaphorical levels. Does he represent a waning communism as democrac...

    by Dave Barton on March 9, 2000
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    More Than Zero

    There really isn't much of a play to Alan Ayckbourn's Communicating Doors.A hotel room in London somehow becomes a kind of wormhole, allowing three very different women and one dastardly man to jump backward or forward in time in 20-year increments....

    by Joel Beers on March 9, 2000
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    All This Greatness

    Think arthur miller, and you think of his two theatrical icons: A Death of a Salesmanand The Crucible.The immensity of his artistic success in both tends to overshadow the power of Miller's earlier work, All My Sons,his 1947 exploration of private m...

    by Joel Beers on March 9, 2000
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    No Magic Act - Szyszlo mixes up Stonehenge, Area 51 and the Incas

    Photo by Jack GouldSzyszlo--and no, I don't know how to pronounce his name--is a mysterious guy. You can tell because his deserted interiors are as bare and dank as catacombs. You can tell because he uses bizarre colors, like womb red overlaid with ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 9, 2000
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    Blow Hard - Lewis Black insists hes not a dick

    The kids in the office were on me to interview Lewis Black, who rants and shouts once a week on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. "I hate that guy!" I yelled, launching into a really hilarious imitation of an incoherently sputtering, yelling angry gu...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 2, 2000
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    The Everydayness of Sex - Tony Barnstones poetry for people who dont know dick about poetry

    Beneath the electric bill, discarded beer caps and spilled ashtray in the disaster I call my car, Impure--a collection of poetry by Whittier College prof and local poet Tony Barnstone--beckons days after I put it down to focus on the more immediate ...

    by KARLENE MILLER on March 2, 2000
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    Damn the Torpedoes! - A feminist defense of the Barbies of the Nixon Library

    Photo by Jack GouldSometimes--okay, often --you just have to take a break. Cynthia Heimel, in her book But Enough About You: Avoiding Fabulousness, recommends an exhaustion cure wherein you "eat teenage" for two weeks and do nothing but watch TV and...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 2, 2000
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    Please Just Shut Up

    Let's say you've just sat down to read the latest issue of your favorite neighborhood alternative weekly. You're into it, digging the words, down with the syntax, and then suddenly there are A BUNCH OF CAPITAL LETTERS, AND SURE, IT GETS YOUR ATTENTI...

    by Joel Beers on March 2, 2000
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    Blame the Greeks

    Rarely has a play's title so aptly fit more than Sledgehammer Theatre's production of Furious Blood.The blood that runs through the veins of the members of the House of Atreus is a bitter, rancorous fluid that leaves death and destruction wherever a...

    by Joel Beers on March 2, 2000
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    Wherez the Noize?

    Michael Frayn's extraordinarily popular farce Noises Offis a lot of things, as advertisements pumping any production like to point out. It's "uproarious," "sidesplitting," "hilarious." You can add a new word to the publicity campaign, based on the...

    by Joel Beers on February 24, 2000
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    The Rumor Is... - ...this play is actually good!

    One of the many reasons I quit writing for a local libertarian-oriented newspaper that will remain nameless is because they kept sending me to Neil Simon plays. So when the assignment to see Gary Krinke's version of Neil Simon's Rumors at Stages cam...

    by Stacy Davies on February 24, 2000
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    Volcano BLOWS

    Writers R.A. Blankenship Jr. and Kevin Darne (who also "directed") must have watched a lot of after-school specials to perfect the platitudes in this hourlong abomination posing as a play. Ostensibly about racial intolerance, Volcanobrims with can't...

    by Dave Barton on February 24, 2000
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    Big Showoffs! - The OMCA continues its tradition of not sucking

    Photo by Jack GouldThe Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is showing off again. They're like that, you know, with their "big parties" and their "rack of lamb" and their "famous artists" and "very, very rich people" who hide behind the shrubs lining ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on February 24, 2000
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