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    Bad Actors

    David McGillivary and Walter Zerlin Jr.'s spoof of a group of incompetent society women staging an atrocious adaptation of Dickens' classic, The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of A Christmas Carol, bo...

    by Dave Barton on December 23, 1999
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    Be Glad Youre Not Here

    Written as though playwright Joseph Hullett had recently awakened from a long slumber to find a world driven mad by--AAAGH!--computers, Wish You Were Here is a lunkheaded yarn about one Abel Joiner (John Childers), a loyal factory employee who loses...

    by BROOK STOWE on December 23, 1999
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    Junk-food Theater

    If watching your mother fist-fuck your father is your idea of a laugh riot, look no further than the 4th Kind-of-Annual A Dolt's Only Xmas Pageant, a semiannual, late-night comedy/poetry/ music extravaganza cobbled together by OC Weekly theater crit...

    by Dave Barton on December 23, 1999
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    The (Imaginary) Plague - Rethinking crime and punishment

    My vision of ultimate justice is a scorching rotisserie in hell where I'd roast grant-hungry academics who dress up popular bigotries in scientific white coats. More than the Universal Soldier, the Universal Scholar is crucial to the never-ending ...

    by MIKE MALES on December 23, 1999
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    Road to Nowhere - Irvines Car Culture is desperately in need of speed

    photo by jack gouldThe Irvine Fine Art Center's (IFAC) current exhibition, "Southern California Car Culture," is the most shocking thing I've seen all year, if you don't count Damien Hirst's butchered animals, which I guess you probably should. Bu...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 23, 1999
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    Nice Beaver

    The newest addition to Orange County's theater scene is housed in a most unassuming office complex in a most unassuming part of Santa Ana off Bristol Street. The name of the space is the Second Stage Theater. The name of the company is the Berubians...

    by Joel Beers on December 16, 1999
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    Running on Empty

    Donald barthelme once wrote, "Art is not difficult because it wishes to be difficult, but because it wishes to be art." In Six Degrees of Separation, John Guare says something similar about our lives: they're not chaotic and occasionally empty becau...

    by BROOK STOWE on December 16, 1999
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    Dingle Belle

    Christmas is a time for excess: big presents, big trees, overblown commercialism. So what better Yuletide play than a really over-the-top farce about Santa getting a giant SmackDown from a world-class villainess? It's not necessarily fare for tots...

    by Stacy Davies on December 16, 1999
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    Downright Hiddy! - The "new" HBAC aint likely to piss off the bluehairs, but the rest of us? Sheesh!

    Photo by Jack GouldIf it weren't for my cherished biases, I'd be a lonely woman indeed. Lucky for me there is Huntington Beach Cultural Services overlord Mike Mudd. Ever since Mudd orchestrated last year's bloodless coup, toppling the Huntington Bea...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 16, 1999
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    Everybody Must Get Stoned - Especially if you watch theater during December

    T.S. Eliot may have had a soft spot for April, but in terms of theater, there is no crueler month than December. Shows about Christmas, shows set during Christmas, and shows that salute--and occasionally even desecrate--the season dominate theater p...

    by BROOK STOWE on December 9, 1999
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    Byrning Down the House of Cards - David Byrnes look at advertising looking at us

    A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that the average American kid between 8 and 18 spends six hours and 43 minutes per day "consuming media." I'm not going to touch the word "consuming" here, but I do want to break down what the good K...

    by CORNEL BONCA on December 9, 1999
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    Nothing Shocking - French Connection is all about the pretty

    Photo by Jack GouldThere are big, ambitious shows with all the neon and hoopla of the Luxor or the MGM Grand. And then there are homey shows, sweet shows, student shows. They're not without their own ambitions, but they're properly modest. You don't...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 9, 1999
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    A Thing of Beauty - Random Women says something attractive about ugliness

    It's not often that Jennifer Love Hewitt, JonBenet Ramsey and the Virgin Mary occupy the same spot in a relatively sane person's mind. But that trinity was on this person's mind after watching the immensely enjoyable second act of Carolyn Carpenter'...

    by Joel Beers on December 2, 1999
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    Only the End of the World, Again - Philosophizing cockroaches explain it all for you

    Illustration by Bob AulOne gray morning in October, the front page of the Los Angeles Times reported that the U.S. Senate had snubbed the Nuclear Weapons Test Ban Treaty while lamenting a military coup in Pakistan that put that country's nuclear ars...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on December 2, 1999
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    The Sacred and the Dead - Plus: Zapata, Zapata, Zapata!

    Photo by Jack Gould"Visual Voices of Mexico," sprawling leisurely through 10,000 square feet of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), is as tender and terrifying to your average gringo (let alone the average loony right-winger, who would flee as...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 2, 1999
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    Sell or Die

    Naotake Fukushima is a young man with a problem. Dumped upon the alien shores of 1958 Long Beach with a boatload of minitrucks and a stern edict from his Tokyo superiors to sell or die trying, Naotake (Greg Watanabe) does what any enterprising young...

    by BROOK STOWE on November 25, 1999
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    Its Doom Alone That Counts

    If phenomenal acceleration: A Vaudeville for the End of the Century were a college course, it might read this way in the course catalog: "The effect of impending catastrophe on the individual." And it would almost certainly come under the heading Ab...

    by Joel Beers on November 25, 1999
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    A Sweet Little Life of Jesus

    Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi opened Friday at the Empire Theatre with two Santa Ana cops and a TV news crew outside, a metal detector inside the theater's diminutive lobby, and a perfect absence of angry fundamentalist protesters. The play itse...

    by WILL SWAIM on November 25, 1999
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    Nice Rack - Buxom maids abound at the Society of Illustrators

    photo by Jack GouldThe New York-based Society of Illustrators is an exclusive club, the kind to which even Groucho Marx would have wanted to belong. Their luncheons are divine, and the surroundings are hushed. And, like any good club, there's a st...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 25, 1999
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    The Devils Are Here

    Thanks to Cal State Fullerton's bracing Southern California premiere of Deviant Craft, you at last have the chance to be greeted at a theater by a mute, hermaphroditic biochemist with a shaved head who's offering you a piece of a molecular structure...

    by BROOK STOWE on November 18, 1999
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