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    Silver Linings - Ray Turners gloom and doom is happy, happy, happy!

    Photo by Myles RobinsonRay Turner's nameless nation is one of fifth-circle-of-hell smog descending over cities built for giants. In the large canvases largely taken up by sepia skies, the cities seem like a hybrid of excavated Ur and apocalyptic Thu...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 2, 1999
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    Openings

    After much preparation and a few postponements (courtesy of the City of Fullerton), Stages has made the big step of moving from a hidden Anaheim industrial park to downtown Fullerton. Though the new location is justa strip mall, the interior of the ...

    by ANNA BARR on August 26, 1999
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    Unidentifiable Themes

    What do you get when you combine two emotionally repressed gay men, one confused woman, one abusive adulterer, an obsessive lesbian, a psychic hooker with a heart of gold and a madman? Answer: Rude Guerrilla theater's tangled production of Unidentif...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on August 26, 1999
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    This Boy Cant Dance - Risky choice, faulty execution in Irvine production

    One of the strangest sights of any theatrical season has to be The Boys in the Band on a community-theater stage in Irvine. Mart Crowley's 1968 play is filled with self-described self-loathing homosexuals, pansies, fairies and queens. Sure, the pl...

    by Joel Beers on August 26, 1999
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    Summertime - Santora slumbers in the sun

    Photo by Jeanne RiceSanta Ana's Artists Village is an awfully pleasant place. The ornate Santora Arts Complex, with its grand staircases and thick green carpets, is one of the warmest, prettiest public buildings in the county. The Empire Building ac...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 26, 1999
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    Hold the Mayo - Is Orphans the great American play?

    A big jar of Hellman's mayonnaise is the most obvious stage prop before the start of Orphans, Lyle Kessler's dark 1983 comedy. The mayonnaise is a running gag; one of the characters exults in dipping his paws into the stuff and licking it from his f...

    by Joel Beers on August 19, 1999
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    Is Gay Culture Dead? - Should anybody care?

    Photo by Jack GouldIt's that time of year again, when Orange County's gays and lesbians unfurl the rainbow flags and take to the streets to publicly celebrate their queer selves and to honor the many achievements of the Gay Liberation movement. Just...

    by ALISTAIR MCCARTNEY on August 19, 1999
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    Dear Reverend Lou Sheldon - A love letter, of sorts

    Photo by Keith MayDear Reverend Sheldon: I trust you've already read the book I sent you, Donna Minkowitz's Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me About Sex, God and Fury. Minkowitz, a former Village Voice reporter and AIDS...

    by Dave Barton on August 19, 1999
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    Not Whimsy - Barbara Spring does loneliness, bitterness well

    Photo by Jack GouldBarbara Spring is a crowd pleaser. Her room-size installations--like a kitchen scene of a man in a grungy bathrobe, cigarette butt hanging from his lip, glaring at his cowering dog's pile of shit while Lucky's cans overflow the sm...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 19, 1999
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    MST3Ks Legacy Will Live On - And Hollywood will never be the same

    The final episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) contains references to (among other things) Star Trek, Hamlet, This Island Earth, Quincy, Dr. Strangelove, Tom Jones, Mentos, Fonzie and Chachi, Voltaire, David Cassidy, Dick Butkus, George J...

    by WYN HILTY on August 12, 1999
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    Irony, Anyone? - Stages reopensfinally

    Brian Kojac won't be onstage during Stages' first show at its new downtown Fullerton space, but at some point, the audience should give the theater's founder and artistic director a standing ovation. After six years in an Anaheim industrial park, ...

    by Joel Beers on August 12, 1999
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    All This, And Love - Sight Unseen unsilent

    This weekend, you could walk into a coffeehouse and find some guy yakking about the nature of corporate sponsorship of art vs. starving, or passionate inspiration vs. calculated shock. Or you could go to Long Beach and get the same discussion and a ...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on August 12, 1999
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    A Very Funny Thing - Slaves, whores and eunuchs are hilarious

    Human slavery is right up there with the Holocaust and child leukemia when it comes to big laughs. Why, then, the stupendous success of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, one of theater's most frequently produced musicals? The play--a s...

    by Joel Beers on August 12, 1999
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    Dick Nixons Orange County - A Guided Tour

    Art by Bob AulWithout the railroad, this place wouldn't have become Orange County, and little Dick Nixon--raised in short pants and dust--wouldn't have grown up to become Richard M. Nixon. Passenger-fare wars between the Santa Fe and Southern Paci...

    by Joel Beers on August 12, 1999
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    Even Then, a Son of a Bitch - New bio fails to remake Nixons early years

    In March 1952, then-Senator Richard Nixon gave one of his secret House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) files to a friend. The file concerned a man named Jack Tenney, supposedly a former communist sympathizer who was then campaigning for...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on August 12, 1999
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    That 80s Show - Coke Stories tries to figure out a decade

    In the 1980s, people became Republicans, exorcised social conscience, made fortunes from questionable investments, snorted wheelbarrowsful of cocaine and listened to very bad music. Chalk up continued interest in the period to nostalgia for its perc...

    by Dave Barton on August 5, 1999
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    Hot Heiress - Theatre District unstuffs Henry James

    Take your pick among the buzzwords of the therapeutic culture, and chances are you'll find them in Ruth and Augustus Goetz's The Heiress:codependence, motherless daughters, low self-esteem, tough love, control. What gives this play its distinctive p...

    by Joel Beers on August 5, 1999
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    Dog Show - Sylvia, go home

    A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, returning to the Laguna Playhouse after doing boffo box office late last year, is a hateful, unsettling piece of misogynist drivel that suggests all a man really needs is compliant, unconditional devotion from a woman. It's fur...

    on July 29, 1999
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    Reordering Chaos - A Hemingway for the next century

    Illustration by Bob AulYou wouldn't know it from the heap of commentary about Hemingway that continues to accumulate, or from Hemingway's literary executors, who keep slapping together and publishing "new" Hemingway books that are cravenly mercenary...

    by CORNEL BONCA on July 29, 1999
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    Grim and Grimmer - Gerardo Chavezs dung-colored glasses

    Photo by Jack GouldIn the 1970s, much of Latin America was not a nice place. It wasn't so much the flies-in-your-eyes poverty of the peasantry while the moneyed few lived behind big walls with armed guards sprinkled gaily atop like caviar on toast p...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 29, 1999
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