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2003 Stories by Elaine Liner

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  • Waiting to Inhale

    published April 24, 2003

    More than anything, Cyrano de Bergerac is terrified that his beautiful cousin, Roxane, will laugh at his nose. Cyrano is madly in love with... More >>

  • In a Drood Mood

    published April 17, 2003

    When all elements come together, a night at the theater can be as refreshing as a three-day weekend. In WaterTower Theatre's production of... More >>

  • These Foolish Things

    published April 10, 2003

    Harold Pinter scares people. His plays can be obtuse, his characters off-putting and brittle. He likes to juggle time, tossing conversations... More >>

  • It's De-Lovely

    published April 3, 2003

    As escapist entertainment, Cole Porter's Anything Goes hits all the right notes. Within its two hours of slap-happiness are heard... More >>

  • Three's a Crowd

    published March 27, 2003

    Setting a play at a high school reunion is a risky choice. Most people dread reunions. Like weddings and funerals, those two other overused plot... More >>

  • French Letters

    published March 20, 2003

    Times being what they are, one line in Act 2 of the play Transatlantic Liaison is guaranteed to goose the audience to... More >>

  • Look Who's Stalking

    published March 13, 2003

    Plays by Rebecca Gilman should come with a warning label: "As seen in Ladies Home Journal." Gilman constructs heavy, overwritten dramas,... More >>

  • Non-fat Greek Wedding

    published March 6, 2003

    Some actors really throw themselves into their roles. Throughout the 90-minute drama Big Love, now playing at Dallas... More >>

  • Sour Hereafter

    published February 27, 2003

    Collectively, giant squid now outweigh the entire human population. Got that from a report in Weekly World News, the most reliable of... More >>

  • Look Oy Vey, Dixieland

    published February 20, 2003

    Two plays, one question: What does it mean when members of an ethnic group practice intolerance toward their own? In Alfred Uhry's The Last... More >>

  • Supreme Fare

    published February 13, 2003

    Everybody sings up a storm in Dreamgirls, the nostalgic backstage musical about a stormy Motown girl group torn asunder by ambition... More >>

  • Fission Trip

    published February 6, 2003

    This is a glowing review for a play about plutonium. For three hours in Michael Frayn's fact-based Copenhagen, nearly perfect in the... More >>

  • Surface Tension

    published January 30, 2003

    Though The Laramie Project recounts some scant details of his life and the awful facts of his death, Matthew Shepard himself is... More >>

  • Patriot Acts

    published January 23, 2003

    If comedy is tragedy plus time, then 150 years from now, The Complete History of America (abridged) might be hailed as a comic... More >>

  • Wilde Things

    published January 16, 2003

    As light and crisp as the bubbles in a Buck's Fizz, the dialogue in Oscar Wilde's infrequently performed comedy-melodrama Lady Windermere's... More >>

  • Disorganized Crime

    published January 9, 2003

    Hello, Godmudda. Hello, fodder for a Pocket Sandwich Theatre comedy whose jokes are so bad one suspects the script was... More >>

  • The Freaks Come Out

    published January 2, 2003

    Dallas theater turned out some cruel and freaky work in 2002. In A Clockwork Orange at Quad C Theatre, gangs of cranked-up... More >>

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