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    Nothin But Churches

    If you take Harrison out past the edge of town--north, I think; I'm pretty sure it's north--past the factories on the right, you will find Harold's Club. Harold's is scary. Harold's is mean. Harold's is the kind of place where if you don't want to g...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 11, 2000
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    High Camp

    Illustration by Bob AulWe traveled up california's spine like a blissful sensation, driving north all night along Interstate 5 almost to Oregon, so high it seemed we just might reach out and touch the stars. Yes, the stars were still up there, still...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on May 11, 2000
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    Heh-heh. She Said, Pussy

    I'm not difficult to please. Fart jokes, dick jokes, and any and all references to female genitalia usually have me in stitches. Hell, just say the name "Mike Hunt," and I'm out of commission for hours, if not days. So you'd figure a play that featu...

    by Joel Beers on May 11, 2000
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    A Crappy (or Maybe Pretty Good) Ibsen - The conflict-of-interest edition!

    In the interest of full disclosure:OC Weekly theater critic Joel Beers is involved in the production of Stages' version of Henrik Ibsen'sAn Enemy of the People. So we asked a bunch of people not connected with theWeekly to see the thing, in hopes of...

    by SCOTT SANDIN on May 11, 2000
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    A Crappy (or Maybe Pretty Good) Ibsen - The conflict-of-interest edition!

    In the interest of full disclosure:OC Weekly theater critic Joel Beers is involved in the production of Stages' version of Henrik Ibsen'sAn Enemy of the People. So we asked a bunch of people not connected with theWeekly to see the thing, in hopes of...

    by SCOTT SANDIN on May 11, 2000
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    A Family Affair

    What defines a family? Does the traditional nuclear family still apply in a world of fast-paced information exchange? And what exactly is "pale ale"? These are only some of the questions posed in Tom Donaghy's The Beginning of August, which is recei...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on May 11, 2000
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    Surprise! - Once again, big gay phalluses

    Photo by Jack GouldMy preconceptions and prejudices tend to have a sameness about them. Before I saw "Sensation" at the Brooklyn Museum, I was convinced it was just another smutty shock fest. I had to be dragged in, holding my pert little nose the w...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 11, 2000
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    One Cozy Bed

    Like any Irish play worth its hops and starch, Bernard Farrell's comedy Kevin's Bedhas all the necessary ingredients: colorful characters spewing blarney, a bit of drinking and singing, and the appropriate dash of poignancy. But as Irish as Farrel...

    by Joel Beers on May 4, 2000
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    Revenge of the Greeks

    The greeks gave us many cool things: gyros, democracy, theater . . . And, as Irvine Valley College's production of two great ancient Greek plays shows, the Greeks also staged the first skirmishes of a gender war that would, nearly 2,500 years later,...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on May 4, 2000
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    An Error of Comedy

    Shakespeare's plots suck. example? Try this one for Comedy of Errors: Aegeon of Syracuse, sentenced to death for some reason, has traveled to the city of Ephesus to find his long-lost son, Antipholus. That established, enter Antipholus (of Syracuse)...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on May 4, 2000
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    The Gay Inferno - Fabulous Hell doesnt try to promote the upbeat living-with-AIDS story

    Even as the first wave of AIDS cut short the creative careers of gay artists and engulfed gay culture, the disease proved fertile territory for the imagination. In writing, a whole genre emerged from the loss: the AIDS narrative. From the first se...

    by ALISTAIR MCCARTNEY on May 4, 2000
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    Let the Bastards Burn! - Wait a minute: Thats us in Birks war between the Californias

    Photo by Jack GoldIf every last one of San Francisco's pretentious yuppie assholes got wiped out by E. coli-tainted arugula, you wouldn't see me tearing my hair out in anguish. I hate that fucking place. And as far as I can tell, the schmucks up the...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 4, 2000
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    QUICKLEY, NOW! - Hurry after the revolution

    It wasn't until 1995, when he moved from New York to Los Angeles, that poet Jerry Quickley came to the attention of a major athletic-shoe manufacturer. He asked the Weekly not to name the firm because he's tired of dealing with its lawyers in a cont...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on April 27, 2000
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    Theater for Those Who Love To Hate Theater

    Make no mistake: the very things the theater-hating antagonist in David Hare's play Amy's View most despises about theater are the very things that make Hare's play what it is. There are long stretches in which nothing happens. Characters enter a ro...

    by Joel Beers on April 27, 2000
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    From Russia, With Lust - See the world through previously Red eyes

    Photo by Jack GouldIf I could feel sorry for a genre--and guess what? I can!--it would be for poor Russian Constructivism, which is usually greeted with the hearty sound of a thousand souls retching. A few years ago, sassy Russian artists Komar and ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 27, 2000
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    Just F---ing Brilliant

    In our brave new world of global communications, in which anyone can reach just about anyone else anywhere, any time, it's easy to forget that less than a century ago, large areas of the world were uncharted and unknown. Terra Nova, Ted Tally's dram...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on April 27, 2000
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    Is David Woodard's Life His Art? - Or is his art his life? Or is he just scamming us?

    You perceive, now, that these are all impossible except in a dream. You perceive that they are pure and puerile insanities, the silly creations of an imagination that is not conscious of its freaks--in a word, that they are a dream. . . . The dream-...

    by Steve Lowery on April 27, 2000
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    Socks Talks

    Things are finally looking very up for Alternative Repertory Theatre (ART). Following its move last year to downtown Santa Ana, attendance sagged. ART was banking that its production of John Patrick Shanley's contemporary sex comedy Psychopathia Sex...

    by Joel Beers on April 20, 2000
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    Feed Your Head

    Watching ron campbell play Iago or Richard II or any of the other colorful lunatics he is so adept at portraying is always a joy. Watching him breathe creative life into a small, eccentric nerd like R. Buckminster Fuller is to be privy to the artist...

    by Joel Beers on April 20, 2000
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    Van Gogh to Hell - Vincent van Goghs nightmare hits the big screen

    Self Portrait (1889) by Vincent Van GoghWhat if Vincent van Gogh got to come back to life for 100 days a century after his death to "set right the pain he suffered in his former life"? What if he had the aid of a cunning lawyer and the love of a goo...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 20, 2000
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