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    Brotherly Hate

    Touted as a comedy-thriller, Corpse! is more accurately a thriller-comedy in which the suspenseful plotting of Act I gives way to farce in Act II. Picture a film adaptation of an Agatha Christie mystery starring Benny Hill, and you'll have some idea ...

    by Savannah Whaley on February 5, 1998
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    Couch Potato Classicism

    The problem with "Sandro Chia: New Work" is not the art itself, some of which is quite impressive, but its presentation. The show, which runs through March 15 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, feels haphazard, thrown together, as if someone had hastil...

    by Michael Mills on February 5, 1998
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    The Devil Made Him Do It

    The Othello Project, which is now on stage at the Florida Shakespeare Theatre in Coral Gables, takes its Deep South setting and part of its title from "The Mississippi Project," in which more than 800 college students from the North traveled down Sou...

    by Savannah Whaley on January 29, 1998
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    A Portrait of the Artist

    James Joyce's work is an acquired taste. Whereas the late Irishman's short-story collection Dubliners (1914) is an easy read, the experiments in style in his later novels have always banned them from my beach bag. Not willing to thread my way through...

    by Savannah Whaley on January 22, 1998
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    Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    Gertrude Stein, no stranger to the art world, once famously dismissed sculpture by complaining that "one always has the bother of being able to walk around it." Harsh words, perhaps, but whenever I see some of the massive heaps of metal and stone foi...

    by Michael Mills on January 22, 1998
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    Give 'Em What They Want

    The recent referendum creating Miami-Dade County is just the latest sign the area is suffering from an identity crisis worse than Sally Field's in Sybil. While the county government proffers the Miami moniker as an all-purpose consumer label, many re...

    by Savannah Whaley on January 15, 1998
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    Brothers in Alms

    The convoluted political negotiations surrounding Pope John Paul II's trip to Cuba next week seem facile compared to the grave-robbing, relic-switching, and sundry ecumenical dirty tricks attendant to a papal visit in playwright Michael Hollinger's f...

    by Savannah Whaley on January 8, 1998
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    Small Wonder

    Some people call it the Black Box of Hollywood, a theater so tiny that its lobby consists of a table and two chairs located outside on the sidewalk. So tiny that the actors, working on a stage 27 feet wide by 15 feet deep, virtually perform in the la...

    by Peter Hawkins on January 1, 1998
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    Urban Contempo

    At a time when gang-related, drive-by shootings plague the nation's major cities, a 40-year-old musical in which two rival packs sit down to a war council at the local soda shop and order "Cokes all around" would seem hopelessly dated. Yet when a pol...

    by Savannah Whaley on December 18, 1997
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    Woman on the Verge

    Her boyfriend recalled seeing her drenched in blood and coated with gold dust. The boyfriend, Alejandro Gomez Arias, and his eighteen-year-old companion Frida Kahlo were returning to their homes in suburban Mexico City that September day in 1925 when...

    by Savannah Whaley on December 11, 1997
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    Light Show

    The rooms in the paintings and prints of the young Colombian artist Homero Aguilar are empty -- at least for the moment. Someone may have just passed through, leaving a door ajar or a window open, or perhaps someone hesitates beyond the frame, just o...

    by Michael Mills on December 11, 1997
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    Fair Play

    "Their music is incredibly melodic," notes Mary Rodgers, referring to the work of famed songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II during a recent phone conversation from her home in New York City. "Human beings are constructed to enjoy tha...

    by Savannah Whaley on December 4, 1997
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    Something Wicked Your Way Comes

    In 1996 Rent picked up the Pulitzer Prize for its rock and roll update of Puccini's La Boheme, edging out another work that has ties to the classical canon: Jon Marans' drama Old Wicked Songs. The latter play, about the life lessons a young pianist a...

    by Savannah Whaley on November 27, 1997
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    Paradise Found

    The juxtaposition, faintly surreal, reminds me of a shop I once saw in the rural Deep South, housing both a beauty salon and a hardware store. But Needlepoint Originals and Paradise Gallery (the italics appear right there on the business card), an un...

    by Michael Mills on November 27, 1997
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    Shallow Grave

    Even if you're the type destined to arrive late for your own funeral, you should make it a point to show up at least fifteen minutes early to see Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, the interactive comedy now on-stage at the Broward Stage Door Theater in Coral...

    by Savannah Whaley on November 20, 1997
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    Shtick in the Mud

    When you can't figure out in which direction the stock market may head or which nation isn't complying with nuclear disarmament, it's soothing to know that somewhere on the television dial things remain constant: Mary Richards will never find Mr. Rig...

    by Savannah Whaley on November 13, 1997
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    Exiles on Main Street

    The big surprise about "Breaking Barriers: Selections From the Museum of Art's Permanent Collection of Contemporary Cuban Art" is how little of this large, ambitious show is explicitly political. Sure there's a nod to Che Guevara here, a reference to...

    by Michael Mills on November 13, 1997
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    To borrow a line from the great soul singer Sam Cooke, I don't know much about history, but I do know that Benedict Arnold turned traitor during the American Revolution. In the world premiere of Benedict Arnold, now playing at Palm Beach's Florida St...

    by Savannah Whaley on November 6, 1997
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Artists of African Descent Explore the American South at MOA|Fort Lauderdale

When Bonnie Clearwater took the reins as director and chief curator at the NSU Museum of Art|Fort Lauderdale last fall, the Broward art world knew it was in for a… More >>

MOA|FL Offers New Works From First Wave of Cuban-Exile Artists

In 1983, nine Cuban exile artists came together and exhibited their works in a show called "The Miami Generation." They didn't know it then, but despite the contrasts in their… More >>

RedEye Reboots at ArtServe

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