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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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    'The sign posted on the door of Tempe Arts Center warns that the center's current ceramics exhibit, "Master's Touch: Akio Takamori," contains images of adult themes. What it doesn't tell you, however, is that the work within is a poetic paean to the ...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on April 18, 1996
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    Basic Black

    Lorraine Hansberry's powerful drama A Raisin in the Sun is to the black experience what Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is to that of middle-class Jews. It serves as the bench mark of excellence for all subsequent theatrical productions related t...

    by Marshall W. Mason on April 18, 1996
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    Life and the Maiden

    In a brief prologue, a pale young woman fixes her eyes on the black void that is the past: "I'm seeing him. He's huge. The biggest man in the world." Fade to black. The young woman awakens to find herself on a beach. Her name is Maria, and she v...

    by Marshall W. Mason on April 18, 1996
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    Killer Theatre

    The most erotic image I have seen on the stages of Phoenix can be ogled at Playwright's Workshop Theatre on Seventh Street. The time is the present; the place is a federal prison. The setting is a spare, clean prison cell illuminated by a single...

    by Marshall W. Mason on April 11, 1996
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    Deja Wow: Red, White and Snooze

    According to artist Hans Haacke, all art becomes purely nostalgic after a period of ten years. Haacke's own 1991 mixed-media sculpture "Collateral," included in Phoenix Art Museum's "Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art," falls premature ...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on April 4, 1996
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    Intriguing Entertainment

    Inspector, I confess! I love stage mysteries and thrillers. From the time, as a youngster, I saw the film classic Witness for the Prosecution--based on Agatha Christie's play--I've been guilty of harboring a secret thrill for the mechanical intri...

    by Marshall W. Mason on April 4, 1996
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    Seasons Bleatings

    Safely ensconced in its comfortable new home in a strip mall at 99th Avenue and Peoria Avenue, Theater Works is presenting Robert Bolt's turgid, talky historical pageant A Man for All Seasons. In its new location, the theatre has painstakingly reprod...

    by Marshall W. Mason on April 4, 1996
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    Video Village

    Deposit all linear thinking at the shadowy portals of "Buried Secrets," Bill Viola's five-part, multimedia installation at ASU Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center. That's because this potent visual and auditory experience is consciously designed to...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on March 21, 1996
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    Tenure Mercies

    When the two cast members in Actors Theatre of Phoenix's production of David Mamet's Oleanna start talking to each other in act one, it sounds forced. Away they chatter in the herky-jerky verbal rhythms for which Mamet is so celebrated, finishing eac...

    by M.V. Moorhead on March 21, 1996
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    Shaw Girl

    It's doubtful that any country ever produced finer socialists than those of Great Britain--of the literary sort, at least. Perhaps because the class system is so plainly laid out on that little island, writers like Shaw and Orwell could oppose, even ...

    by M.V. Moorhead on March 14, 1996
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    Persecution Complex

    When Martin Sherman's play Bent premiered in England in 1977, the plight of homosexuals in the Holocaust was a little-discussed episode of the century's history. In the two decades since, the pink triangle which gays were made to wear in the concentr...

    by M.V. Moorhead on March 7, 1996
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    Getting Over Ansel

    "Image Conscious," a juried photography show geared toward altered and experimental work, proves yet again that there's viable photographic life after Ansel Adams and his arcane Zone System--and that it's alive, well and being shown in, of all places...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on February 29, 1996
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    Tennessee in Mexico

    "Nothing human disgusts me, unless it's unkind or violent." So remarks Hannah Jelkes, the spinster-paragon of The Night of the Iguana. She could be speaking for her creator, Tennessee Williams. That's very likely just what Williams had in mind--readi...

    by M.V. Moorhead on February 29, 1996
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    Weird Science

    Phoenix Theatre's moving Arizona premiere of Miss Evers' Boys puts achingly human faces on a truly brutal episode of American racism. The year is 1932, and a group of black men in Macon County, Alabama, is chosen for a seemingly benevolent gover...

    by Gerald Thomson on February 29, 1996
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    Webb Design - The good, the bad and the boring of Del Webb's New River development

    When Del Webb Corporation brought plans for its huge New River development to Maricopa County for approval early last year, the ensuing donnybrook was about as lively and entertaining as land planning gets. On one side was Del Webb, assuring the...

    by Edward Lebow on February 22, 1996
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    Short-Attention-Span Theatre

    One-act plays aren't produced often, and that's ironic given that the half-hour television sitcom has become America's most popular dramatic form. That may be why the latest Black Theatre Troupe offering is so refreshing. Its current evening of oneac...

    by Gerald Thomson on February 22, 1996
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