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Dead Giveaway

Rope Bailiwick Repertory Deathwatch Trap Door Theatre By Albert Williams Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman–a rope over an abyss.–Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra In the stark confines of a jail cell and the plush comfort of a London sitting room, would-be supermen play fateful, fatal games of psychosexual power. The […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In December Texas A&M student Jonathan Culpepper and his fraternity, Kappa Alpha, were indicted in College Station, Texas, on a criminal hazing charge after allegedly giving someone a severe wedgie. The grand jury found that fraternity members had lifted a candidate off his feet by the waistband of his briefs, causing the student […]

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Stalag 17

Stalag 17, American Blues Theatre. In the pantheon of POW dramas, Stalag 17 ranks somewhere between Jean Renoir’s brilliant Grand Illusion and a 1940s Danny Kaye vehicle. Taut and highly entertaining, Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski’s Tony-winning play is nevertheless a bit formulaic and lightweight. Until its gripping conclusion, this drama of American soldiers in […]

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One-Track Minds

One-Track Minds By Rose Spinelli In salon B the lighting is muted. A hush hangs in the air. The audience has yielded to the speaker. They’re in search of something ephemeral. They’ve traveled from all over the country in the hopes of finding it. Most were young and wild, but a few found the rapture […]

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Smells Like Bill Wyman

Re: The Veruca Salt article [Post No Bills, January 24] Please, the next time Bill Wyman returns to write one of his puffy fluffy buzzy encomiums for your music section, don’t publish it under the name of Peter Margasak. I’m just thinking of poor Peter, turning red with shame that people will think of him […]

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Rhino in Winter

Offered as an adjunct to the annual summer Rhinoceros Theater and Performance Festival, this monthlong showcase of fringe entertainment features mostly new work by such ensembles and individuals as the Curious Theatre Branch, Dolphinback Theatre Company, Ira Glass, Frank Melcori, Theater Oobleck, Jamie O’Reilly, Michael Smith, the Saint Ed Theatre Company, and John Starrs, among […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: You just couldn’t leave well enough alone, could you? Your response to Fat Lover was good, and I was in agreement with the subsequent letter written by Fat in Seattle, which thanked you for not dumping all over fat people in your reply to Fat Lover. But you really blew it in your […]

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Fake ID/ Truth or Consequences

By Michael Miner Fake ID Young reporter Allen Carpenter was under the impression that he was interviewing the most unusual actor in the long, distinguished history of Second City. There was reason to believe this. The “bio” of Peter Gwinn, which was faxed to Carpenter at the Colorado Springs Independent before he conducted the interview […]

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True Books

The complete book of beer drinking games, by Andy Griscom, Ben Rand, and Scott Johnston (Mustang Publishing, $8.95). Synopsis: Drink the most beer and win competing against your friends with these 50 fun beer drinking games, such as Chug Boat, Beer Golf, Shot-a-Minute, and Blaster Bust, presented in order of escalating tendency to cause regurgitation. […]

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Billy Joe Shaver

BILLY JOE SHAVER The surge of popularity experienced by country vet Billy Joe Shaver in the last few years was fueled by a pair of high-octane honky-tonk records for Zoo, both branded by the searing lead-guitar work of his son Eddy. His superb new album Highway of Life (Justice), however, finds him revisiting the looser, […]