Meanwhile, Jiler and Leslee are still manipulating the text, trying to strip it bare to what is raw and true. Jiler compares their compulsion to fix the work to that of Degas. The impressionist painter was supposedly found palette in hand softening the colors of one of his paintings already hanging in a museum. Jiler may not be Degas, but he is striving in Dallas for a perfect Avenue X.
Previews of Avenue X begin January 5; opening night is January 10. For ticket information, call 522-