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‘Woolf’ is a Beast of a Challenge


‘Art in Motion:’


Brilliant nastiness takes over a tight arena.


Park Avenue Pride


The survivor in a terrorized society speaks.


Heavy Metal Magic


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After the funeral, a second dead man can still speak


Artists! Sustain Thyself!


After the funeral, a second dead man can still speak

You might contend that plays by Wallace Shawn are an acquired taste. He dwells in long conversations, words and thoughts from self-contemplative minds. In the case of the three souls revealed in 1996’s The Designated Mourner the ruminations subtly but gradually reveal some kind of perverted version of our own society. You may have seen the 1997 David Hare-directed film starring  Mike Nichols, Miranda Richardson, and...

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Artists! Sustain Thyself!

(Artist Sustainability: In April, Reader ran a feature on sustainable art, that is, art dedicated to drawing attention to social, economic and environmental issues. Beginning in May, we are publishing a two-part story on an issue even nearer and dearer to all in the creative class, artist sustainability. Part one below concentrates on non-degree colleges, programs and venues that enable especially emerging artists...

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Double Vision

The artist and gallerist Rob Gilmer created his alter ego Dressor Newton as a vehicle for asking questions as well as exhibiting new work. How is our response to a work of art shaped by our sense of the artist who created it?  How much do the conventions of art affect our view of the world around us?

Gilmer and Newton (the boundaries between the two are still being negotiated as of this writing) surfaces again at...


Being afraid of big bad wolves

A song from Walt Disney’s Three Little Pigs seems an unlikely title for a dark, searing, epithet-laden play about two nasty, battling wedded protagonists. But so be it. Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  (1962) explores those craggy rocks. And evidently does it so memorably that it garnered a Tony Award for Best Play and the similar New York Drama Circle Award. Two actors in the cast also won Tonys and...

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