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2002 Stories by Elaine Liner

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  • Talk to Me

    published June 6, 2002

    Farewell, fourth wall. Actors are talking directly to their audiences in three shows, each of which tries to dissolve the invisible barrier... More >>

  • Speed Kills

    published May 30, 2002

    Only a darned good writer could turn the subject of methamphetamine addiction into a spirited comedy romp. The Abandoned Reservoir,... More >>

  • Poetry in Slow Motion

    published May 23, 2002

    "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal," wrote T.S. Eliot. For 1930s poet Laura Riding, that meant stealing not rhymes but husbands, notably... More >>

  • Double Feature

    published May 16, 2002

    The actresses playing conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the musical Side Show, now on view in a fine, emotionally charged... More >>

  • Pyramid Schemes

    published May 9, 2002

    In those old mummy movies from the 1930s, nobody could outrun the corpse. The angry and very dead 3,000-year-old pharaoh in The Mummy and... More >>

  • Simple Simon

    published May 2, 2002

    Imitation being the sincerest form of show business, Neil Simon simply imitated one of his own successful formulas with California... More >>

  • Moldy Oldies

    published April 25, 2002

    Some plays are timely, some plays are timeless. Christopher Durang's Laughing Wild is one of the former. Thornton Wilder's... More >>

  • Circle of Jerks

    published April 18, 2002

    Quick, quote a famous line from Shakespeare's Coriolanus. Don't worry. Nobody can. Among the Bard's works, this five-act tragedy is... More >>

  • Meow Mix

    published April 11, 2002

    Big news: Big Daddy isn't such a bigot after all. That's one of several important revelations to be found in WaterTower Theatre's... More >>

  • Everything's Coming Up Rosaries

    published April 4, 2002

    Back in 1982, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? played for only five performances at Broadway's Alvin Theatre before... More >>

  • Hours of Power

    published March 28, 2002

    Rock Baptist of Houston, setting for David Rambo's trenchant comedy God's Man in Texas now at Theatre Three, isn't so much a... More >>

  • Queen of Pain

    published March 21, 2002

    Lie back and think of England. That's the advice Victorian-era mothers used to whisper to just-married daughters for coping with their wifely... More >>

  • Misery Loves Company

    published March 14, 2002

    Under the harsh glare of an overhead lamp, actress Amanda Denton leans forward over a small table, peers up at an unseen interrogator and asks,... More >>

  • Lush Life

    published March 7, 2002

    For a musical without a real book, Blues in the Night, now at the Dallas Theater Center, tells a powerful story. Of broken... More >>

  • Nyuk Nyuk

    published February 28, 2002

    For a few minutes toward the end of Cross Stage Right: Die! at the Pegasus Theatre, bumbling detective Harry Hunsacker stops... More >>

  • One, Two, Three, Gag

    published February 21, 2002

    With the Winter Olympics schussing NBC's must-watch sitcoms off the prime-time schedule, fans of Friends and Will & Grace... More >>

  • All's Well and Ends Swell

    published February 14, 2002

    The perfect antidote to the epidemic of bad acting and anemic material infecting Dallas stages this winter is Paul Rudnick's I... More >>

  • White Man's Burden

    published February 7, 2002

    Remember when going to the theater felt like an escape from television? Great live theater once offered what so much prime-time TV did not: casts... More >>

  • Blind Leading the Bland

    published January 31, 2002

    Plays about the nobility of disease inevitably bathe the afflicted characters in halos as the most normal, well-adjusted, right-thinking people... More >>

  • Attention Deficit Theater

    published January 24, 2002

    Tricky thing, children's theater. It must capture the attention of little 'uns whose attention spans are damaged by hours of Gameboys and... More >>

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