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    Shadowlands - Al Price's light works blow up real good

    "When the Unabomber's in his cabin, he's thinking about blowing people up, not about making the bomb," says Al Price. Four of Price's kinetic sculptures--which he calls "Traps"--are on display at Scottsdale Center for the Arts until September 1....

    by Michael Kiefer on August 22, 1996
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    Period Peace

    If you love to be enraged by art like Phoenix Art Museum's recent exhibit about the American flag or the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, you really should head over to Mercury Theater in Mesa to catch the granddaddy of all in-your-face concupiscence, Ar...

    by Marshall W. Mason on July 11, 1996
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    Brute Farce

    The classic French bedroom farce was invented almost a hundred years ago by Georges Feydeau. The form features a complicated plot that unfolds at breakneck speed, punctuated with quick exits through slamming doors. The subject is invariably sex or, m...

    by Marshall W. Mason on July 11, 1996
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    Sojourn Exposure

    In the 20 years that Mark Klett has been making pictures of the American West, his photographs have come to symbolize its ongoing revision in the American mind. No longer an eternal paradise of opportunity and natural splendor, it has become a lesson...

    by Edward Lebow on June 27, 1996
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    Bridesmaids Revisited

    When Five Women Wearing the Same Dress played earlier this season at In Mixed Company, it was greeted with such hosannas that it now has been transferred to the relatively bigtime venue of Stage West at Herberger Theater Center. Mercifully, I was awa...

    by Marshall W. Mason on June 27, 1996
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    The Joy of Sacks

    Diane Upchurch sees considerably more in shopping bags than "paper or plastic." Just how much more is apparent in the 80 or so examples dating from 1985 that she has assembled into "Portable Design: A Selection of Shopping Bags," an ASU College of Ar...

    by Edward Lebow on June 20, 1996
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    The Pater Principle

    June is the month Hallmark has told us we should wax sentimental over Dad. In reality, the towering figure of a father can be a forbidding presence from a child's perspective. Men are traditionally reticent about revealing their feelings, so a child ...

    by Marshall W. Mason on June 20, 1996
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    Queue Tip

    It is a joy to report the birth of a new theatre in Phoenix, especially one that shows such promise in its pedigree. The group is called The Ensemble Theatre, founded by "actors and artists who have all returned to Arizona and our artistic roots." Th...

    by Marshall W. Mason on June 20, 1996
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    Life With Dad

    Lynn Redgrave is starring in a play she wrote about her troubled relationship with her famous father, directed by her own husband. The play deals with the emotional remoteness and larger-than-life persona of the celebrated British actor Sir Michael R...

    by Kate Nolan on June 20, 1996
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    Simply Simon

    Neil Simon is the most popular playwright in American theatre history. He has written some 27 plays for Broadway, accumulating close to 17,000 performances. Valley audiences now have a chance to see two of his better plays in revival at two local the...

    by Marshall W. Mason on June 13, 1996
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    Tempest in a Toilet Bowl - Creator Kate Millett puts a lid on the art controversy that won't die

    Kate Millett hadn't heard much about the uproar her artwork "The American Dream Goes to Pot" had caused in Phoenix. The piece shows an American flag stuffed into a toilet basin in a wooden cage. Speaking by phone from her home in upstate New Yor...

    by Michael Kiefer on June 6, 1996
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    Ballots Over Broadway

    As a dislocated audience, Phoenix's theatre fans have to employ a bit of guesswork when it comes to buying Broadway theatre tickets. Stuck somewhere between believing the hype and becoming abject cynics, Valley theatregoers select their shows gingerl...

    by Marshall W. Mason on June 6, 1996
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    Fool's Gold

    Sam Shepard's Fool for Love is possibly the dramatist's most accessible play--simple, potent, lyrically charged and highly actable--yet it suffers from the limitation of a fairly static situation, and characters to match. Eddie, a cowboy, and May, th...

    by M.V. Moorhead on May 30, 1996
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    Play Dead

    The program of Italian Funerals & Other Festive Occasions tells us that the author, John Miranda, is an actor. The discerning audience member could have guessed that because plays written by actors usually share certain characteristics. When act...

    by Marshall W. Mason on May 16, 1996
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    Paternity Suite

    Can an actor's performance be too good for a play? Apparently it can, if one performance so overwhelms the script that the depth and subtlety of the drama are eclipsed by the charisma of its star. Such seemed to be the case when I saw the touring pro...

    by Marshall W. Mason on May 9, 1996
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    Birth of a Notion

    To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: "When the gods wish to punish us, they grant our prayers." For the past two seasons, I have been thumping a drum, decrying the decreased relevance of theatre to contemporary culture. Now, In Mixed Company has taken me at my...

    by Marshall W. Mason on May 9, 1996
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    Holy Roller

    Jose Benavides spent almost a year begging or buying the 500 license plates that he has since pounded into a gigantic depiction of the Virgin Mary attached to the chassis of a 1979 Datsun pickup truck. Benavides' "Madonna" is a 17-foot-tall, ful...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on May 2, 1996
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    Slumber Camp

    If Peter Quince were alive today and living in Arizona, he might well be the artistic director of Southwest Shakespeare Company. Quince is, of course, that amateur entrepreneur of ancient Athens who organized a group of tradesmen to perform "the most...

    by Marshall W. Mason on May 2, 1996
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    A Taj of Class

    Delicate rectangles of light dapple a translucent scrim that masks the proscenium at Herberger Theater's Center Stage. The tinkle of tiny cymbals begins to twang; our eyes penetrate the veil to behold a jewel-encrusted creature enthroned. With tawny ...

    by Marshall W. Mason on April 25, 1996
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    Bro Tie

    The Comedy of Errors and The Boys From Syracuse are twins, but they're fraternal--not identical. The former is Shakespeare's shortest play--and possibly his first. It is a tale of twins, separated at birth, who are driven to distraction when their re...

    by M.V. Moorhead on April 25, 1996
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