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    A Miracle in Fullerton

    Johnna Adams' The Miracle of Mary Mack's Baby lets us in on the fascinating lives of people who are abducted by aliens or who give birth to alien babies--true stories even the tabloids don't have the courage to report. Adams' realistic, witty dialog...

    by BRYAN REYNOLDS on April 6, 2000
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    Reality Sucks

    You don't usually expect samuel beckett from a group of amateur playwrights, but you're always pleased to be proved wrong. Of the 14 plays in The Writes of Spring and The Bed Plays, most are predictably dull, anchored stupefyingly to reality. But a ...

    by Joel Beers on April 6, 2000
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    Let Us Now Praise the Very (Very) Rich - Really, isnt it about time?

    Photo by Jack GouldYou know, when I've a hankering for a diamond tennis bracelet or a $300 French frock for a 2-year-old girl--since I don't have a 2-year-old girl, I generally have to corral a random one walking by--I cruise over to South Coast Pla...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 6, 2000
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    Crap As Art?! - Yeah! Because the artist says so!

    Peter and Eileen Norton--who apparently are as rich as Methuselah!--consistently make ArtNews' list of the world's Top 200 Collectors. When the Richard/Bennett Gallery had its "Store Show" in 1991, featuring 72 artists working in multiples (art as a...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 30, 2000
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    Drop-Dead Strange

    Buzzy enniss and derrick brown make my head hurt. I had high expectations of the eccentric poet/performance artists' newest endeavor, Drop Dead Theatre at Captain Blood's Village Theatre. Maybe poetry mixed with music, comedy, stage magic and dousin...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on March 30, 2000
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    Hideous Gifts, Ugly Talents

    Santa Ana College is producing Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?That's jaw-dropping on two fronts. First, Albee is notoriously reticent about granting rights to the play to any theater, professional or amateur. Second, what college othe...

    by Joel Beers on March 30, 2000
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    The Truth About Beauty - It can be downright ugly

    If you've been anywhere near universities or museums during the past 20 years, you know that the concept of beauty has all but dropped out of highbrow discussion. It's become an embarrassment, something you slip in ("Sure, that painting's beautifull...

    by CORNEL BONCA on March 30, 2000
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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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    Graceful Boxers - "Myth" sells sports, or maybe religion

    There is really nothing better than a painting of a boxer who looks like a nun. No, nothing better. Nothing better at all. You can imbue anything with sanctity, of course. You can paint holy mystery into a flower or a child (though that generally ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF 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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    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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