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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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    You're on Your Own

    I knew next to nothing about Uruguayan art when I set out to see the "3rd Uruguayan Art Exhibition" on display at the Broward County Main Library. And now, having seen the show, I know... only slightly more than I did going in, other than the obvious...

    by Michael Mills on August 27, 1998
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    You'll Die Laughing

    Actor Peter Haig embraces his role as Vincent Vincent, the pivotal character in the British farce Natural Causes, as though he were gorging on the theatrical equivalent of Thanksgiving dinner. Making his way through each savory episode, Haig samples ...

    by Robin Dougherty on August 20, 1998
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    Psycho Analysis

    Hollywood is openly neurotic about its hatred of psychotherapy. Witness, most recently, Barbra Streisand's ridiculous Dr. Susan Lowenstein in The Prince of Tides who aggressively mischaracterizes the entire profession with each flick of her nails. In...

    by Robin Dougherty on August 13, 1998
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    Little Country, Big Output

    One of the mysteries of 20th-century art is the remarkable outpouring of creativity that has come from a seemingly unlikely place: Haiti. For nearly half a century, a steady stream of art has flowed from the tiny Caribbean nation, which has a populat...

    by Michael Mills on August 13, 1998
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    Losers and Laughs

    Simpatico may be the funniest play about losers in Sam Shepard's entire prolific output. Long before we meet them, these characters have lost the loves of their lives, aged without grace, and in some cases suffered devastating reversals of fortune. I...

    by Robin Dougherty on August 6, 1998
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    Between Interest and Boredom

    Summer theater is the sort of oxymoron that conjures up farcical epithets such as "dramatic hot dog stand," to use the term coined by the late George Jean Nathan, the esteemed American theater critic. Or "straw-hat trail," the term used by others to ...

    by Robin Dougherty on July 30, 1998
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    Home Is Where the Art Is

    Even if Frederic Clay Bartlett had never picked up a paintbrush, he would merit at least a footnote in the history of modern art for his many other art-related ventures. Muralist, architect, and interior designer, the Chicago-born Bartlett spent much...

    by Michael Mills on July 30, 1998
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    Out of the Closet, Into the Fire

    The most startling scene in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde -- making its Florida premiere at the Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton -- is the one that opens the second act. It's set on the stage of a 20th-century talk show, wher...

    by Robin Dougherty on July 23, 1998
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    Getting a Kick Out of Cole

    In his five-decade career, Cole Porter wrote songs for Fanny Brice, Fred Astaire, Ethel Merman, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Durante, and Bert Lahr, to name just a few. One measure of his virtuosity as a composer, however, is that no one singer really owns...

    by Robin Dougherty on July 16, 1998
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    Have Art, Will Travel

    The catalog for "Postcards on the Edge," a show on display at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, describes it as "a multifaceted progressive traveling exhibition examining a historic means of casual communication facing the possibility of future extinction...

    by Michael Mills on July 16, 1998
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