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    Nevermind - Forget what we said about hating abstract stuff

    Photo by Jack GouldIt's a sad fact of the human psyche that we get bored with things we once professed to adore--and things that looked god-awful just a year or two before slowly gain favor. Think, for a moment, about knee-length skirts. Who would h...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on February 10, 2000
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    Eek! A Female Of Mice and Men

    A Steinbeck classic with an all-dame cast? Especially this Steinbeck classic, which is such a mano a mano play? It made me uneasy. But what the hell--it was being produced by the Hunger Artists of Santa Ana, who've drawn raves for classic-tweaking, ...

    by Stacy Davies on February 3, 2000
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    Gloomy Day - Real State

    After saying hasta la vista to Mom and Dad and moving out of the nest, Lori loses her job, racks up credit-card debt, and has to run home to see if she can get her old room back. Home is not where the heart is, though, in Real State, an absurdist ...

    by Dave Barton on February 3, 2000
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    America: Leave It to Love - Tim Miller on gay marriage, the Knight Initiative and the love of his life

    Performance artist Tim Miller grew up gay in Orange County, and he returns regularly from his home in Venice Beach to remind us (usually humorously) that America still has a long way to go on civil rights. As evidence, consider the Knight Initiative...

    by RANDY PESQUIERA on February 3, 2000
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    When He Was Just a Little Rolling Stone - Early Dylan documents the creation of modern rock

    "Like a Rolling Stone" is for my money not just the greatest rock & roll song ever, but also one of the big cultural moments of the past century. It's about being free and it's about being alone--the twin sides of that warped coin stamped "modernity...

    by CORNEL BONCA on February 3, 2000
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    Eat! - Emil Kazaz makes me want to be really, really fat

    Photo by Jack GouldIt has been a long time since a work of art made me wish I weighed 200 pounds and even longer since such a painting made me wish my lover weighed even more--and that together, we could mince around on our eensy little feet, floati...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on February 3, 2000
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    Thank You, Mr. Greenblatt

    The Stroop Report is a staged version of one of the darkest--and ultimately most liberating--chapters in recent human history: the rebellion among Jews in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Written by Texas resident Robert Preston Jones, the pla...

    by Joel Beers on January 27, 2000
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    Wandering Amid the Hollow

    Photo by Jack GouldThe promise of America has always been tightly intertwined with the promise of individual freedom and choice--notions as time-honored in American tradition as racism, xenophobia and the insatiable drive to conquer, pillage and pos...

    by BROOK STOWE on January 27, 2000
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    Not Neil Simon!

    Don't let the title fool you--My Married Friends is no schlocky Neil Simon comedy about kooky-but-loving couples. Masterfully written by Steven Salinaro and expertly directed by Todd Kulczyk, Married is not only fraught with poignant observations ab...

    by Stacy Davies on January 27, 2000
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    They Cant Crochet That, Can They?! - Sex art that wont give you the willies

    Photo by Jack GouldPeople should not name works of art pertaining to children "Innocence." Nor should any piece--ever--be called "Solitude," especially if it portrays a person by him- or herself. If artists would simply remember these two rules--and...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 27, 2000
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    Life With Daddy - Pass the popcorn! Its Mary Kay LeTourneau time!

    From the opening montage, when a little girl dances with her father--a "Schmitz for President" sash slung around her little shoulders--through the ending credits, The Mary Kay LeTourneau Story:All-American Girl is steeped in dear old Dad. That he's ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 20, 2000
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    The 1999 Okies! - Introducing our nominees for the years best theater!

    By Joel Beers, Dave Barton, Kelly Flynn, Michael M. Miller and Brook Stowe For four years, we've honored with dinner, applause and a doodad the best of the year's local theater--the OC Weekly Theater Awards. And, yes, we call them the Okies. The...

    on January 20, 2000
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    How Can You Do This to Me, Babe?! - Some good, some lousy art by women who loved men who beat the hell out of women

    Photo by Jack GouldIt is so not okay to rag on survivors of domestic abuse. So when reviewing an exhibit of art produced by women in shelters--such as "Windows Into Our Future" at Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery--it is important to tiptoe ar...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 20, 2000
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    Howard Korders Truly Terrifying Tales of America

    Photo by Jack GouldWhen he wasn't being an anti-semitic ass, H.L. Mencken--noted journalist, linguist and curmudgeon --usually got it right, or at least made what was wrong seem interesting. Take this observation from his 1922 essay "On Being an Ame...

    by Joel Beers on January 13, 2000
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    Outlaw Poetry? - How to keep poetrys wild frontier wild

    The most pernicious image of all," British writer Grant Morrison has said, "is the anarchist hero-figure. A creation of commodity culture, he allows us to buy into an inauthentic simulation of revolutionary praxis. . . . The hero encourages passive ...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on January 13, 2000
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    Dark Magica

    Holiday theater offerings in recent years have fallen increasingly into one of two classes: one is the traditional, auto-programmed camaraderie aimed at groups of strangers taking a break from flipping one another off on the freeways. The other is t...

    by BROOK STOWE on December 30, 1999
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    A Tale of Two Ditties

    A tale of two Carols: one takes place in an immaculately well-appointed theater, with well-paid actors wearing lavish costumes on a gorgeous set in a graceful, visually stimulating presentation. The other takes place in the back yard of a small ca...

    by Joel Beers on December 30, 1999
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    Nothing but Time - Chronicling poverty in the old New South

    photo by Jack GouldAt the Orange County Museum of Art's Pacific Craft show earlier this year, artist Susan Cauthen showed wonderfully loopy and joyous statues of old black folk. They were highly stylized and obviously sculpted with great admiration ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 30, 1999
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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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