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    Life Is a Broadway Play, Old Chum

    Given the vroom-vroom of their current go-round on stage, it's possible that, even with the theatrical equivalent of a road map, you might not be able to keep track of Kander and Ebb these days. Critically acclaimed revivals of the songwriting team's...

    by Robin Dougherty on November 26, 1998
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    Shiny Happy Canvases

    The canvases of the American realist painter Janet Fish are so vibrant, so shimmering with light, energy, and bright, saturated colors, that to call them "still lifes" fails to do them justice. And yet Fish's dominant subject matter is the stuff of t...

    by Michael Mills on November 26, 1998
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    Bent Outof Shape

    When a play's title is The Adjustment, chances are the playwright will be suggesting a monumental shift in attitude or perspective on the part of one or more characters. In Michael T. Folie's new work, recently opened at the Florida Stage, tiny adjus...

    by Robin Dougherty on November 19, 1998
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    Shtick Shift

    If you had a conventional grammar school education and watch a little Nick at Nite, chances are you don't think of Sebastian Cabot as the discoverer of the New World. According to The Complete History of America (abridged), however, it was this Engli...

    by Robin Dougherty on November 12, 1998
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    Crash, Bang, Ewwwww

    The human body has always fascinated David Cronenberg, the Canadian filmmaker who's the inspiration and catalyst for "Spectacular Optical," a group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. For Cronenberg the body is an alarmingly ...

    by Michael Mills on November 12, 1998
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    The Ghostwritten Henry James

    From the works of Edgar Allan Poe to Hollywood's The Fly, classic American ghost stories indulge our fascination with the decay of the body. They're overrun with maggoty cadavers, telltale hearts, and monsters that stalk us through dark alleys, graph...

    by Robin Dougherty on November 5, 1998
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    Not So Dynamic Duo

    Nobody knows if Scott Joplin ever knew Irving Berlin. In The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Mark Saltzman's well-meaning musical, however, the two composers not only meet cute (Joplin, disguised as a composer's agent, appears in the office where Berlin works as ...

    by Robin Dougherty on October 29, 1998
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    Love Is a Bumper Car

    Love may indeed be a fragile thing, but its clumsy male and female protagonists can't help "endlessly crashing into each other like two bumper cars." That's the observation of one character in the musical revue I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change,...

    by Robin Dougherty on October 22, 1998
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    Zen and the Art of Health-Care Maintenance

    "Eating Monkey Brains, The Baboon Nurse and Other Tales," Robert Morrison's audacious one-man show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lake Worth, is pretty much an all-or-nothing proposition. If you like one piece in this exhibition, which is as pr...

    by Michael Mills on October 22, 1998
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    Romeo and Juliet in Technicolor

    Nobody who's seen the off-Broadway version of The Fantasticks at New York City's Sullivan Street Playhouse will recognize the set of the appealing new production at the Hollywood Playhouse. (That's a lot of us, given the 15,000 or so performances the...

    by Robin Dougherty on October 15, 1998
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    What We Talk About When We Talk About Theater

    In 1964, when I was five years old, my father told me that Patty Duke didn't have a twin. Naturally I recognized this information for what it was -- a bald-faced lie. Every week on The Patty Duke Show anyone could see there were two teenage girls, no...

    by Robin Dougherty on October 8, 1998
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    Teachers' Pets

    You know the saying: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." That's not the case, however, at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, which is hosting its 21st Annual Faculty Exhibition in the school's Mark K. Wheeler Gallery. At the very least, t...

    by Michael Mills on October 8, 1998
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    A Woman of the People

    Twelve years ago Lily Tomlin opened her mouth and launched a thousand monologues. The 1986 Broadway success of The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe spawned a generation of self-styled storytellers, from the cutthroat visionary por...

    by Robin Dougherty on October 1, 1998
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    The Two Tenors

    Music, as a theater insider once put it, is the food of love. Opera, on the other hand, is a series of naughty sexual escapades, repeatedly slammed doors, and horny bellhops. At least, those are the elements that drive Lend Me a Tenor, Ken Ludwig's 1...

    by Robin Dougherty on September 24, 1998
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    Trading Places

    To get an in-a-nutshell sense of the differences and similarities between the "40th Annual Hortt Competition" and the "1998 Salon Des Refuses" exhibits, now on display at Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art and the Broward Art Guild, respectively, consid...

    by Michael Mills on September 24, 1998
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    All Dressed Up and Going Nowhere

    Of all the things your mother specifically told you not to do -- talk with your mouth full, go out with married men -- chances are she didn't mention the following: Running off into the snow in your wedding dress. But if you did happen to desert your...

    by Robin Dougherty on September 17, 1998
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    There's Something About Jodie

    Of all the people you might encounter in a solo drama, John Hinckley is not likely to be anyone's first choice. Chances are the would-be Reagan assassin won't be serving tea in the cozy manner of Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, or experienci...

    by Robin Dougherty on September 10, 1998
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    Little Shop of Wonders

    Housed in a nondescript storefront among the Fountains Shoppes of Distinction in Plantation, the Bock Gallery is the sort of unassuming little place you might easily pass. Don't. Inside the narrow, cluttered space is a quirky array of art, ranging fr...

    by Michael Mills on September 10, 1998
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    Tempests in a Teapot

    Creating theater frequently involves assembling miracles in small spaces -- extremely small spaces, if you happen to be the Florida Playwrights' Theater (FPT), which is mounting its Fifth Annual Shakespeare Festival in its postage-stamp Hollywood sto...

    by Robin Dougherty on September 3, 1998
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    That Screwball Family of Yours

    There's a moose in the guest bedroom in Michael McKeever's new comedy, 37 Postcards. The animal never makes an appearance on stage (a taxidermist crossed its path long before the play begins), but it does take part in the events that transpire when A...

    by Robin Dougherty on August 27, 1998
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