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Defending the Caveman

The idea behind Rob Becker’s 1991 solo show is that the differences between men and women stem from caveman days. Women are gatherers of information–that’s why they’re always talking to their girlfriends. Men are strong, silent hunters–they flip through channels because they’re killing them as they go. In this touring production, burly, bearded Chris Sullivan […]

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Please Stay Tuned

If Judith Harding’s body language weren’t so expressive, her replications of autism and cerebral palsy in this solo show would be appalling. But a disarming candor is characteristic of this performer, who in You Are Here recounted her own adventures in psycholand with never a tear or sermon. In this piece she adopts the straightforward […]

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Snips

[snip] “Most people who report science, a small minority of whom are science writers, don’t have enough knowledge to make heads or tails of it,” says Jon Franklin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer now teaching at the University of Maryland, in an interview published in Women’s Enews. “Science writers leave out what they don’t understand, […]

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Marriage

Local queer duo James Tsang and Math Bass combine simple, art-damaged songs and simple, art-damaged videos with forced, overearnest arm gestures and homemade costumes that pile up the most inconvenient elements from each gender’s stereotypes (glitter, ruffles, football pads): a year and a half ago, the first time I saw them, they unraveled balls of […]

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Liliana Porter

You’d think by now all exegesis would have been squeezed out of Kewpie dolls, Jesus lamps, and geisha figurines. But Liliana Porter’s show, “Girl With Rubber Dog, and Other Situations,” suggests that tchotchkes still have a story to tell. Porter’s meticulous screen prints, wall-mounted sculptures, and photographs present resuscitated figures in vignettes that read like […]

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Mia Doi Todd

On most of her new album, Manzanita (Plug Research), Mia Doi Todd is in retreat, pondering relationships with both desire and regret and never looking beyond her own backyard. Despite the insular feel of its moody folk pop, Manzanita is Todd’s most accessible record, and she made it without compromising the best part of her […]

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Pravda

It turns out that ruthless tycoons who buy up independent newspapers and turn them into shills for the ruling class are bad. And seasoned journalists who champion truth over political spin are good. Who knew? Veteran British playwrights David Hare and Howard Brenton wrote this facile, seemingly endless semisatire in 1985 as an attack on […]

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Vincent in Brixton

Nicholas Wright’s lively if unsubstantiated recounting of Vincent van Gogh’s sexual awakening in London at least aims for historical verisimilitude. The dank kitchen setting and pivotal thunderstorm seem allusions to Wuthering Heights, and references to Dickens and George Eliot abound in his literate script. But suspension of disbelief is a must given the torrid affair […]