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1998 Stories by Jimmy Fowler

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  • White like me

    published December 31, 1998

    My early college years found me jumping back and forth between attraction and repulsion on the question of white people co-opting black... More >>

  • Home for the holidays

    published December 24, 1998

    Dallas is Larry O'Dwyer's stomping ground, and I am the Lilliputian who scurries amid the underbrush, firing projectile adjectives at his... More >>

  • Joe Bob in Bloom

    published December 17, 1998

    It's an unusually warm afternoon for a Texas Saturday in December, but inside the AMS Studios in Addison, the air feels cold enough to hang beef... More >>

  • Holiday whores

    published December 17, 1998

    Virtually every Dallas theater company that's managed to hang in there more than five years has a holiday show that will, hopefully, finance the... More >>

  • Lost world

    published December 10, 1998

    Beginning in the mid-'80s, the devastation of AIDS opened the floodgates of theatrical imagination, engulfing audiences across the country. The... More >>

  • Iron butterfly

    published December 10, 1998

    Many of us fancy that we could earn a handsome living simply by sitting on a stage and talking about our lives in a clever way. After all, we... More >>

  • Barefoot in the manger

    published December 3, 1998

    The strained relationship between theater and the Christian church didn't begin when Terrence McNally held a press conference to announce he was... More >>

  • Pop culture apocalypse

    published December 3, 1998

    The character Simon Geist (Dan Zukovic) is a black-haired, dead-eyed intellectual who never smiles and never condescends when he talks: He'd never... More >>

  • They like me! They really like me!

    published November 26, 1998

    When The Dallas Morning News printed the Dallas Theater Critics Forum results on November 1, it was frisky foreplay working up to the climax of... More >>

  • Slick Willie

    published November 19, 1998

    Playwright Paul Rudnick captured the contemporary public's disdain for William Shakespeare with one utterly accurate declaration from a character... More >>

  • Glamour shot

    published November 19, 1998

    The prodigiously talented and now corrosively bitter Woody Allen was once quoted as saying, "I've always tried to dissuade people and tell them my... More >>

  • Commie comedy

    published November 12, 1998

    Italian commie provocateur Dario Fo got kicked around but good in a recent New Yorker article concerning the sometimes nasty political... More >>

  • Prime cut

    published November 5, 1998

    On a gray Sunday morning at the Eldorado Country Club in McKinney, Rabbi Michael Rovinsky stands in a high-ceilinged back room that's nearly empty... More >>

  • Short takes

    published November 5, 1998

    Who'da thunk Dallas was ready for a revival of the revue, the late-19th-century live entertainment that might best be called "short attention span... More >>

  • Tainted love

    published October 29, 1998

    If some actors, directors, and designers from Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas theater scene didn't already want to restrain me atop a stone... More >>

  • Really weird shoo

    published October 29, 1998

    Sitting in the recently opened Deep Ellum Center for the Arts with producer-director-writer Scott Osborne while builders and light engineers help... More >>

  • Sweet stench

    published October 22, 1998

    Last week in this space, I compared the Undermain Theatre to Teatro Dallas because of the often surreal and fabulist takes they share on life,... More >>

  • Sunny day

    published October 22, 1998

    I have to confess, I don't watch TV much anymore--the antenna on top of my set brings in only about five channels. But the rays I soaked as a... More >>

  • Undead heads

    published October 15, 1998

    The small, about-to-be-homeless company known as Teatro Dallas makes art that falls through the cracks between contemporary entertainment... More >>

  • Local hero

    published October 15, 1998

    Kurt Kleinmann burns the candle at two ends--president of the Dallas Theatre League, whose Leon Rabin Awards are coming up November 2, and... More >>

  • Manic Molire

    published October 8, 1998

    I can feel Dallas Theater Center artistic director Richard Hamburger sending mental waves in this direction and to all the other armchair artistic... More >>

  • Matrimony unplugged

    published October 1, 1998

    Marriage is a most propitious arrangement for theatrical adventure, as playwrights have known for centuries. When you throw two people into a... More >>

  • Happy birthday, Bertolt

    published September 17, 1998

    Theater classes generally describe Marxist German playwright-poet Bertolt Brecht as being politically opposed to entertainment for entertainment's... More >>

  • Heart of dimness

    published September 10, 1998

    Joyce Carol Oates, a journeywoman of American letters who has probably been discussed more carefully than she's been read, has written about... More >>

  • Cry uncle

    published September 3, 1998

    The early plays of Anton Chekhov were given such a cool reception by late-19th-century Russian theatergoers that the poor bastard almost quit the... More >>

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