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    Best Local Solo Musician - Scott Avery

    A solo performer need not have a slew of computerized gizmos to be a one-man band, only a commitment to deliver as much music as he or she possibly can through his or her instrument of choice. When Scott Avery anchors a corner of a bar (such as Magui...

    on March 11, 1999
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    Best Production Of A Musical - Das Barbec

    Thanks to the proliferations of Broadway tours, South Florida audiences are never far from at least a glimmer of the Great White Way. What's harder to sample are the off-Broadway hits, shows that -- because of their quirkiness or bold attitudes -- do...

    on March 11, 1999
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    Best Production Of A Play - Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

    Take one Victorian homosexual on trial, add a 20th-century talk-show host, a courtroom full of lawyers, some Aubrey Beardsley drawings, and lots of cute boys in their underwear, and you'll have Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. The sh...

    on March 11, 1999
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    Best Ensemble Cast - Don Juan in Hell and A Christmas Carol

    "Acting isn't nice," says theater innovator Anna Deavere Smith, acknowledging the naked edges that cut the heart when a performance uncovers complex truths. OK, it's not nice. But sometimes it's quite palatable nonetheless. Especially when the people...

    on March 11, 1999
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    Best Strip Joint - Cheetah III

    Step right up, boys, what's your pleasure? Showgirls drenched in glitter dust and glam? Then head on over to Pure Platinum. Hardbodies slurping shots from each others' bellybuttons on the bar? Then Baja Beach Club has what you need. But if stripping ...

    on March 11, 1999
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    A Conductor's Moral Discord

    At the center of Taking Sides is a rube, a crass insurance salesman to be exact. A guy who doesn't know Toscanini from teriyaki. A man who sleeps through Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, "Because Beethoven's Fifth Symphony bores me shitless," he explains ...

    by Robin Dougherty on March 4, 1999
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    They Came, They Served, They Blew It

    A sense of deja vu hangs like a pall over "Eclectic Collectives," and with good reason. This first group exhibition by the New River Arts & Crafts Association, now at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, is dominated by the kind of bland, innocuous art so of...

    by Michael Mills on March 4, 1999
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    A Spider Without Bite

    A movie, a novel, a Broadway musical, and a stage play. The only popular dramatic form Kiss of the Spider Woman hasn't conquered is the TV sitcom. Given its high-concept idea -- a fussy homosexual and an idealistic politico sharing a small space and ...

    by Robin Dougherty on February 25, 1999
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    Censor-y Overload

    After the priest has cut out the tongue of the Marquis de Sade, he presents the meaty organ to the asylum's caretaker encased in a black box. Handing it over he comments, "It was so long and serpentlike that I had to wrap it around a dowel." Well, I ...

    by Robin Dougherty on February 18, 1999
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    Blasting the Stereo

    Works by two artists with very different styles and very similar concerns are currently on display in a joint exhibition at the Schmidt Center Gallery -- if you can find the place. I spent close to an hour wandering around the confusing, poorly marke...

    by Michael Mills on February 18, 1999
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    Saved by the Actors

    This is the season during which British playwright David Hare is printing his own currency on Broadway. In April the much ballyhooed The Blue Room, starring a naked Nicole Kidman, will be joined by a New York production of Amy's View, featuring theat...

    by Robin Dougherty on February 11, 1999
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    Saturday Night Dead

    A woman in Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile makes this comment about the famous painter: "He says that occasionally there is a 'Picasso' and he is him." You can substitute the word genius for Picasso and get the sense of what this phrase mea...

    by Robin Dougherty on February 4, 1999
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    Rubble Rouser

    Looking at the paintings of Purvis Young, I kept getting the sense, sometimes unsettling, that I'd seen some of the imagery before. A few dramatic strokes of blue and green paint on paper, for instance, summoned Salvador Dali's take on Don Quixote. A...

    by Michael Mills on February 4, 1999
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    Sexual Politics

    Imagine you're watching an early play by an obscure playwright -- say, a farce with a plot that's difficult to take seriously. Perhaps it contains a case of mistaken identity, at least one sharp-tongued female character, and some confusion about the ...

    by Robin Dougherty on January 28, 1999
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    The Age of Tallulah

    Add the late Tallulah Bankhead to the list of middle-aged women throwing themselves into the national political fray this year. Though the celebrated actress -- as currently portrayed in the American premiere of Tallulah by movie star Kathleen Turner...

    by Robin Dougherty on January 21, 1999
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    Minding Her Own Beeswax

    With a work as dauntingly large and otherworldly as the title piece in "Madeline Denaro: New Forms," an exhibit on view at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, it's revealing to watch people approach and appraise the piece. Some stand a few feet awa...

    by Michael Mills on January 21, 1999
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    Shooting Blanks

    "First of all, when you've got a gun," Stephen Sondheim points out in his musical Assassins, "everybody pays attention." That's for sure, as audience members experiencing the third-act explosion in a classic drama such as Chekhov's Three Sisters can ...

    by Robin Dougherty on January 14, 1999
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    Stripped of Spirit

    She's the Medea of all stage mothers, the most frightening diva of the American musical theater. That would be Mama Rose, of course, the stardom-fixated monster at the center of Gypsy. Since 1959 audiences have clung to her poisonous apron strings, h...

    by Robin Dougherty on January 7, 1999
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    Hollywood and Vine

    What first appears to be a huge pile of debris sits just outside the entrance to the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. If you're approaching the museum from its main parking lot, you might not even notice this mass of vines and tree limbs. But if ...

    by Michael Mills on January 7, 1999
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    Between Opera and a Rocky Place

    When damsels with golden ring curls find themselves tied to railroad trestles by mustachioed villains -- or, in the case of Little Mary Sunshine, strapped to a tree by a vicious Indian -- most audience members know that the lady in peril will be resc...

    by Robin Dougherty on December 31, 1998
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