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Deep Listening Band

Pauline Oliveros, like her more famous soul mate John Cage, is one of those all-around artists who change our ideas about music and performance. For Oliveros and her group of collaborators, the Deep Listening Band, music–or rather assemblages of sounds–should be but one aspect of an aesthetic experience. She constructs her scenarios, which always invite […]

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Mild, Mild West

RANDALL DEIHL: RANDY DOES THE WEST at Hokin Kaufman Gallery For most of this century New Mexico had a law that allowed visitors to carry a six-shooter while traveling but required them to stow their guns safely away half an hour after arriving at their destinations. Apparently you were expected to dispatch your rivals quickly. […]

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Profound Artist, Vicious Slut

PIAF Interplay “You may, madame, be a vicious, foulmouthed slut,” says a doctor to the heroine of Pam Gems’s Piaf. “But I salute your artistry.” The sentiment is Gems’s as much as it is the doctor’s. In her 1978 play, Gems shows as much fascination with Edith Piaf’s abusive, self-destructive personality as with her greatness […]

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FernGully…The Last Rainforest

This may be the most enjoyable animated feature I’ve seen since Walt Disney died–a passionate ecological fable that combines more wit and wonder than the entire output of some animation studios. Basically a collaborative effort between Australians and Americans, directed by Bill Kroyer (a Disney-trained animator) from a script by Jim Cox based on the […]

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Pup Tent Theatre/Booty and Swag

PUP TENT THEATRE Metraform at the Annoyance Theatre BOOTY AND SWAG Rudely Elegant Theater and Gallery Mick Napier formed Pup Tent Theatre nearly two years ago so that he and his ensemble would have one day a week in Metraform’s busy schedule to do long-form improvisations. I caught the group last December before Metraform’s A […]

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New Music at the Goethe-Institut

Italian composer Luigi Nono, who died a couple of years ago, wrote some of the most beautiful and politically impassioned scores of the postwar period. In the last decade of his fife he lavished most of his creativity on his final opera, Prometheus, based on the myth as interpreted by philosopher Walter Benjamin, and Post-Praeludium […]

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Talk Radio/Machinal

TALK RADIO Shattered Globe Theatre at the Project MACHINAL Shattered Globe Theatre at the Project If this review seems to lack analytical insight, it’s because I forgot I was a critic Friday night. I forgot I was in a theater. I lost all sense of self. I even yelled out “Oh no!” in the middle […]

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Directors Festival 1992

The 60-some one-acts (three per night) in Bailiwick Repertory’s Directors Festival 1992, produced by Cecilie Keenan, range from plays and musicals to performance art and monologues; some are well-established classic and contemporary selections, while others are brand-new pieces. They’re mounted by a slew of directors, most of them little known, who are looking for an […]

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Amazing Feats

HUBBARD STREET DANCE COMPANY at the Civic Opera House April 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, and 11 Watching a Twyla Tharp dance for the first time is something like taking a whirlwind tour of a remote foreign country. You look around, frantically trying to get your bearings, and by the time you do have an […]