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Martha Graham

THE PLEASURE DERIVED FROM WATCHINGRichard Move reincarnate Martha Graham isnot the same kick to be had from a conventional drag show. The irony is there, at its highest, threatening-to-transcend-tamp level, as it is with a performer like Jim Bailey, who does Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand almost as well as they did themselves. But there is another pleasure here, something akin to the thrill of Jurassic Park or Godzilla: An extinct, or at least endangered, species is brought startlingly back to life. Richard Move is Martha Graham, the performer, the diva, the guru/choreographer. Onstage he performs as Graham, but In his role as emcee of “Martha at Mother,” he becomes Graham the impresario/philosopher.

Mother is the notorious and notable nightclub that evolved from the Tuesday-night-only venue Jackie 60 into a seven-day week of moveable fiestas, Including evenings of dancing, comedy,

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