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    Hello, Dolly! - Part trite, part Brite parts

    photo by Jack GouldDesecrated doll parts are really nothing new; the noted cultural critic Courtney Love sang about them years ago with her band Hole. But "Technology vs. Humanity" at Laguna Beach's Galerie 224 is an interesting bit of a show despit...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 21, 1999
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    Saint Lewis - Richard Lewis is a nice guy, even during attempted phone sex

    Ever since our disastrous interview with that fucker from Boston Common--who kept snottily asking, "Is this how you conduct all your interviews?"--we've made an effort to actually write down questions beforehand. But Richard Lewis--the arm-waving ma...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 14, 1999
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    Still Crazy

    Nearly 70 years after it was penned, Once in a Lifetime--the acidic George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart satire on the Hollywood movie machine--is still as nasty and relevant as ever. Hollywood still ignores talent in favor of big boobs, writers are dumped w...

    by Dave Barton on October 14, 1999
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    Viva Vasquez!

    Consider all the coke that went up Gary Busey's nose, and it's still possible to claim there are more good lines in Luis Valdez's Bandido!, the entertaining play about the life and legend of notorious 19th-century California bandit Tiburcio Vasquez:...

    by Joel Beers on October 14, 1999
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    Air Sick - Focus is only half-good for you!

    Pot by Lynn Kubasek Photo by Jack GouldDon't ask the sky caps where to find the art exhibit at John Wayne Airport; for once, it's the Orange County sheriffs holding up the wall who can give you the lowdown. Thanks, sheriffs! Stay on the upper lev...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 14, 1999
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    One Good Play

    The announcement by Alternative Repertory Theatre (ART) that it would include Edward Albee's Three Tall Women this season was greeted with less than rapture in these quarters. The Southern California premiere of the play, which earned Albee his thir...

    by Joel Beers on October 7, 1999
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    Not-So-Wild West

    Director Hope Alexander's approach to playwright Sam Shepard's 20-year-old knock-down, drag-out True West, about two brothers in conflict, is serviceable enough but timid. Call it the not-so-wild West. Alexander's rendering transforms the foul-mouth...

    by Dave Barton on October 7, 1999
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    One Angry Poet - Stephanie Browns fabulous put-downers field guide

    It's clear what Newport Beach native/San Clemente resident Stephanie Brown is risking in her first book, Allegory of the Supermarket: being thought an asshole. There's a streak of mean running through these poems as wide as the 405 freeway. Compared...

    by MICHAEL C. SMITH on October 7, 1999
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    Not Crap! - Crafts!

    Photo by Jack GouldOnce a year, Newport Beach's ladies who lunch take charge of the Orange County Museum of Art's Pacific Craft Show--"show" as opposed to "exhibit," which means if you've got giant piles of greasy cash, you can buy the lovely bauble...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 7, 1999
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    Butterflies Aint Groovy

    Don (Bill Forant) is a young blind man who just moved out on his own, attempting to get away from his domineering mother (Jeanne Nelson). He meets Jill (Carissa Meisner Smit), a teen free spirit in the best and worst meanings of the word: given to e...

    by Dave Barton on September 30, 1999
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    This Dictator Nose Good Theater

    If you feel uneasy when you walk into the Edison Theatre, that's as it should be. Video cameras track your movements, flashing your ugly mug on monitors at both sides of the stage. Catch sight of yourself, look away, but you can't escape: unshaven c...

    by Dave Barton on September 30, 1999
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    Violets Trip Is a Bummer

    Lousy execution kills Violet,the latest small-scale, hit New York musical to receive its Southern California premiere at the Laguna Playhouse. Intriguing themes, complicated characters and a story with real potential are sabotaged throughout by Bria...

    by Joel Beers on September 30, 1999
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    Its Quite Clearly a Monkey! - Clever little Conceptual pieces that dont make us vomit!

    Photo by Jack GouldRegular readers of this column will surely remember some of the extremely droll, clever and witty aspersions I've cast upon Conceptual artworks, though I can't remember any that were merely off-hand. Nonetheless, I'm sure they wer...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 30, 1999
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    Flyer Crashes

    The press release for Flyer calls Brad S. Barnes' reworking of the Flying Dutchman myth a "sly, romantic fantasy" set during the French Revolution. Well, it's set in present-day California, and it isn't particularly sly or romantic. Barnes envisions...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on September 23, 1999
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    A Charming Philanderer

    Like his other writings, George Bernard Shaw's semi-autobiographical play The Philanderer is foremost a work of ideas--in this case, his ideas about marriage. Like Shaw himself (who was quite the ladies' man), Leonard Charteris is a philosopher and ...

    by ANNA BARR on September 23, 1999
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    The Ladies Have No Soul

    In the era of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, it's hard to believe anyone would waste time arguing whether theater should be meaningful or entertaining. But people used to. Lillian Garrett-Groag revisits the antique debate in her play The Ladies ...

    by Joel Beers on September 23, 1999
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    Daniel du Plessis Is Very Sweet - And we mean that in a good way

    Photo by Jack GouldMost purveyors of hearts and butterflies and golden roses these days skip through life with two X chromosomes. Despite his fondness for lilies and morning glories, Daniel du Plessis is a man, which is why the soft, womanly aesthet...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 23, 1999
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    Miss This Saigon - Worse than Titanic yet still floating

    Miss Saigon is a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the 1975 U.S. withdrawal from Saigon and the reunification of Vietnam under a communist regime. It's an obvious wound reopener for those who lived--and still live--through the experience...

    by Joel Beers on September 16, 1999
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    Once in a Lifetime - Is Paul Suntups life a Talking Heads song?

    As Paul Suntup pushed through the dense crowd gathered to hear a Canadian transvestite reading elegant, confessional poetry on the steps of the Chicago Cultural Center last month, he had a Talking Heads moment. First he thought, "This is not my be...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on September 16, 1999
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    Nudes! Nudes! Nudes! - And why is Lagunas art scene suddenly brilliant?

    Like everyone else, I've spent weeks watching Orange County Sanitation officials look for the source of all the crap that washed up on the shores of Huntington Beach this summer. Unlike almost everyone else, I know the source: all the crap that used...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 16, 1999
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