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An Actress "Living on the Edge of Chaos"

Whoopi Goldberg's one-woman show leans heavily on celebrity impersonations and a character named Fontaine -- a black man who expounds on various social issues affecting the African American community. But these monologues are often divorced from narrative context, and lose their power. Critic Laurie Stone says she's more impressed by Goldberg's action movie roles, and what her presence in movie does for black actors.

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Other segments from the episode on February 1, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 1, 1989: Interview with Claribel Algeria; Review of Marimolin's self-titled album; Interview with Michael Barson; Review of Whoopi Goldberg's one-woman show …

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