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by Jimmy Fowler on June 15, 2000
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    Mind games - Caution: Irreversible brain scramble is a potential side effect of Jasper Johns' latest at the DMA

    Greater minds than yours have pondered the nuances, subtleties, and mysteries of Jasper Johns' groundbreaking artwork over his 50-year career; a couple of them work at the Dallas Museum of Art, and another was hustled in to help explain the American ...

    by Annabelle Massey Helber on June 15, 2000
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    A puff of smoke - Paul Wesolowski knows the secret word: Groucho

    His name appears in almost every book written about Groucho Marx, so much so, he has been given the appropriate appellation by members of the Marx family: Wesso. But Paul Wesolowski is of no relation to the famous clan. He's a man in his 40s who live...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 8, 2000
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    Trouble in mind - All head and no heart make Mrs. Klein a mean mother

    Southern Methodist University professor emeritus Margaret Loft directs three prodigiously able and alert actresses through a cataclysmic afternoon and evening in the life of one of Great Britain's most influential psychoanalysts. Mrs. Klein happens t...

    by Jimmy Fowler on June 8, 2000
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    Banter - Beverly May's day

    There's a moment in Mrs. Klein where Beverly May attempts to burst through the stone wall of premises and hypotheses to connect to her hurting daughter, played by Susan Sargeant. The two are sharing a bottle of wine but not much else, and May reaches...

    by Jimmy Fowler on June 8, 2000
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    Stalker fiction - Camden Joy turned Cracker's David Lowery into fiction. Too bad he's quite real... and really angry.

    For a moment or two, David Lowery--frontman for the band Cracker, and before that, beloved college-radio revolutionary sweethearts Camper Van Beethoven--found himself enjoying the book. He laughed in the right places, winced in the appropriate spots,...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2000
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    Attack Dog - Kitchen Dog flashes deadly fangs in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Rarely have I been to a sold-out performance of a three-hour play where ticket-buyers, during intermission, laughed nervously about whether they had the fortitude to return. Mind you, I've been to three-hour shows where people fled during the break b...

    by Jimmy Fowler on June 1, 2000
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    Shake-ing it up - William for a new millenium?

    What a curious theatrical creature is Shakespeare for the Modern Man, Lesson 1: Macbeth, currently rattling the boards at Pocket Sandwich Theatre. I can't count it as altogether successful, because there are so many sonic, thematic, and verbal thread...

    by Jimmy Fowler on June 1, 2000
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    The time of Nic - Using film, photography, and his American life, Nic Nicosia creates inescapable images

    A lissome teenage girl lies draped across a pool table, crucifixion-style, in the center of an elegant and expensively furnished room. You can't actually see her until she rises up, hops off the table, and disappears stage right. A shadowy figure of ...

    by Annabelle Massey Helber on June 1, 2000
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    Blink - More Whitney hoo-hah

    More Whitney hoo-hah Since they're winding up the Whitney Museum of American Art's 2000 Biennial on June 4, here's one BLINK's worth of gauging the local fallout. This Biennial was the first to use six regional curators, you'll recall, who scoured...

    by Annabelle Massey Helber on June 1, 2000
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    Inside the soapbox - Michael Moore gets out of his La-Z-Boy to find The Awful Truth

    Michael Moore often worries about being seen--and worse, dismissed--as the plump, ball-cap-wearing windbag who barges into company headquarters, demands to see the chairman of the board, then gets kicked out or even arrested. He frets about being red...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 25, 2000
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    Wide awake - DTC keeps your eyes open throughout the jarring Dreamlandia

    In two separate moments of release from the steamrollering epic plot turns of Dreamlandia, offered as the main-stage production of Dallas Theater Center's Big D Festival of the Unexpected, onstage characters directly implicate audiences. They spot us...

    by Jimmy Fowler on May 25, 2000
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    Banter - Chinese Art gets another placement

    Big D Festival of the Unexpected producer Melissa Cooper, who calls the official inclusion of small Dallas theaters this year "an experiment" (a successful one, let's hope), has asked a pair of the city's director-performers to do it Doggy-style...er...

    by Jimmy Fowler on May 25, 2000
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    Blink - Overseas loan; Hardy laurels; Destructo art

    Overseas loan Key pieces from Southern Methodist University's Meadows Museum's permanent collection of Spanish masterworks debuted at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid on May 9. Carole Brandt, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, says the ...

    by Annabelle Massey Helber on May 25, 2000
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    Fatal femmes - Why do women in comics become Women in Refrigerators?

    The following is a list of women who have been raped, mutilated, tortured, enslaved, crippled, or murdered--and quite often, all of the above. In some cases, these women have also suffered miscarriages, been rendered infertile, contracted horrific di...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 18, 2000
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    Sexual revolutionary - Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman lies one helluva sex comedy

    Dial the number of the Deep Ellum Center for the Arts, and a recording tells you it's no longer a working line. Step into the cavernous Commerce Street space on an upcoming weekend night, though, and you will discover the center is still very valuabl...

    by Jimmy Fowler on May 18, 2000
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    Something to see - Bless the Dallas Children's Theater

    A recent cover story in American Theatre discussed how the national network of prominent children's theater in cities such as Minneapolis, Seattle, St. Louis, and Dallas was beginning to generate plays without "blue or pink plaid (and) fake furry ani...

    by Jimmy Fowler on May 18, 2000
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    Ochre House Gets Hip to '50s Comic Lord Buckley with The Passing Show

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    At Kitchen Dog, Gidion's Knot Feels Like Two Hours of Study Hall

    It was a mistake to put a clock on the wall of the set for Gidion's Knot, the two-character Johnna Adams one-act now running at Kitchen Dog Theater. Set in… More >>

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    Nocturne begins and ends with death and speaks of little else in between. Don't let that put you off. The play by Adam Rapp, now running at Second Thought Theatre,… More >>

    In Fort Worth, Soul of Sam: The Sam Cooke Story Brings a Music Legend to Life

    A small show that deserves a bigger audience than it's getting is Soul of Sam: The Sam Cooke Story, now on at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Written and… More >>

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