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2002 Stories by Elaine Liner

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  • Elf Esteem

    published December 19, 2002

    Before writer David Sedaris became America's favorite chain-smoking, gay ex-patriot raconteur, he worked one memorable holiday season as "Crumpet... More >>

  • God Help Us, Everyone

    published December 12, 2002

    Cross Noises Off with Waiting for Guffman and you get Inspecting Carol, Daniel Sullivan's two-act comedy now playing... More >>

  • The Dickens, You Say

    published December 5, 2002

    Only the hardest of humbug hearts could resist the high-gloss charm of Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol, now onstage... More >>

  • Road to Valhalla

    published November 21, 2002

    Ethelred the Unready is ready for his close-up. Shakespeare got a lot of mileage out of the feuds and foibles of many crowned heads in British... More >>

  • Brits in Snits

    published November 14, 2002

    A good deal of rogering goes on in Cloud Nine, Caryl Churchill's dark farce about sexual identity that's now getting a first-class... More >>

  • Father's Day

    published November 7, 2002

    A lousy daddy, that King Lear. A real crumb bum. Through five long acts of Shakespeare's finest play, Lear nastily foments family squabbles,... More >>

  • Built for Laughs

    published October 24, 2002

    Sometime in the not too distant future, human actors vanish from TV. Their replacements? "Actoids," programmable talking dolls designed to... More >>

  • Easy Does It

    published October 17, 2002

    Think of the Sycamore family as the Munsters. The clan at the center of the effervescent production of You Can't Take It With You... More >>

  • Droog Addicts

    published October 10, 2002

    When real magic happens on a stage, as it does in Quad C Theatre's current production of A Clockwork Orange, an... More >>

  • Scene Stealers

    published October 3, 2002

    The few pieces of furniture onstage in a couple of new productions--The Good Thief at Kitchen Dog Theater and Love... More >>

  • What Lies Beneath

    published September 26, 2002

    Many a marriage must feel exactly like Winnie's predicament in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, now being... More >>

  • Mice Try

    published September 19, 2002

    Start with Steinbeck: "They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other...The first man was small... More >>

  • Dance: 3, Looks: 3

    published September 12, 2002

    After those first few piano notes sound as the lights come up on the panicked dancers of A Chorus Line, the audience should get hit... More >>

  • Class Dismissed

    published September 5, 2002

    When a show begins with a funeral, watch out. A Class Act, a musical bio about troubled Broadway composer-lyricist Ed Kleban (now... More >>

  • Razzle Dazzle 'Em

    published August 29, 2002

    Hip-hooray and bushels of ballyhoo for the wide-open exuberance of 42nd Street, a musical so slap-happy with tapping and dripping... More >>

  • Family Outings

    published August 22, 2002

    At a recent performance by the new ChelseaPark Productions troupe at the Trinity River Arts Center, the lights came up for intermission... More >>

  • Guesting Game

    published August 8, 2002

    The danger in writing a witty contemporary play filled with topical references and satirical jabs at public figures is that, over time, the... More >>

  • Honky-Tonk Heaven

    published August 1, 2002

    Done wrong, a tribute show like Always...Patsy Cline could come off like one of those hokey "legends" revues packing 'em in on the... More >>

  • Some Like It Not

    published July 25, 2002

    If bad acting were a federal crime, Tony Curtis would be locked up in Leavenworth. In the much-ballyhooed, hooey-filled Some Like It... More >>

  • Love You to Death

    published July 18, 2002

    Every woman knows a "Mr. Love." He's the too-handsome roué who dabs too much Aramis on his neck and darts his eyes at his reflection... More >>

  • Get Blasted

    published July 11, 2002

    Nobody dozes off during Blast! Several times during the high-concept marching-band event now playing at the Fair Park Music... More >>

  • Let's Squawk About Love

    published July 4, 2002

    Maybe we ought to rethink this outdoor Shakespeare thing. It was 40 years ago this summer that Public Theatre founder Joseph Papp moved his New... More >>

  • Friends of Dorothy

    published June 27, 2002

    Just about everything in The Wizard of Oz at the Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park is like it is in the great old MGM movie... More >>

  • Lesser Tuna

    published June 20, 2002

    Small-town life gets a brutal but hilarious going-over in Sordid Lives, Del Hughes' comedy playing at the Trinity River Arts... More >>

  • Swingers

    published June 13, 2002

    In only 70 minutes, Barbette, the new play from Kitchen Dog Theater, achieves what too few other stage works ever do: It... More >>

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