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You Can’t Take It With You

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Candlelight’s Forum Theatre. In the increasingly risk-averse, revival-happy world of American theater a producer could do worse than George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about an eccentric, kinda bohemian Manhattan family. The characters are fully realized. The structure is strong, the story nicely paced. And […]

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Winter Pageant

If you grow weary at the prospect of another New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, you might seek out the humble magic and mystery of Redmoon Theater’s third annual Winter Pageant. Closer to a traditional masque than to performance art or experimental theater, yet drawing on both these traditions, this show is performed entirely […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A July article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer described celebrated local artist Matthew Geraci, 35, whose show of “colorful, abstract” fish had opened in a gallery in South Bend, Washington. Geraci suffered “severe brain damage” in a 1989 automobile accident, from which he has largely recovered except for two conditions: He sometimes stares aimlessly […]

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Spot Check

YARDSALE 12/23, DOUBLE DOOR As the music business continues its frenzied feeding on Chicago bands, it’s kind of strange that Yardsale hasn’t been put on the selling block. On their self-released, self-titled debut the trio deliver a crisply produced, smooth pop-rock littered generously with sturdy hooks, sweet harmonies, and lean, disciplined playing. All the key […]

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The Sports Section

They looked like a couple of caddies who had somehow snuck onto the country-club course on a Sunday afternoon. And so it was that they represented the best of a down, and downsizing, year in sports. The baseball players went out on strike, the hockey owners locked out the players, and even a local track […]

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Reader to Reader

I keep reading comments by official pundits, Democratic Party operatives, and letter-to-the-editor writers suggesting that President Clinton should decline to run for re-election in ’96. Perhaps Clinton will actually take that step, deciding it would be best for the Democrats if he removed himself as a target of both the Right and the Left. So […]

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The Love of a Good Man

THE LOVE OF A GOOD MAN, Shattered Globe Theatre. I’ve seen walk-in closets with more space than Shattered Globe has. Yet the company consistently turns this drawback into an asset, sacrificing sweeping sets for claustrophobic intimacy in stagings that quickly boil large issues down to the personal. Their current production is no exception. Howard Barker’s […]

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The City File

With the right sauce I think I could. “The rhetoric of apology distorts animal rights discourse in many ways,” complains Karen Davis in a recent issue of the Animals’ Agenda. “Activists warn each other that the public will never care about chickens. Therefore, the only way to persuade people to stop eating chickens is to […]

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The Straight Dope

Why do humans not have blue or green hair? Insects have these hues, birds are so plumaged, and even the mandrill baboon has blue pigmentation on the face. We humans have blue or green eyes, so the ability to produce the colors in question is present. So why, oh why, must we resort to artificial […]

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Ain’t Misbehavin’

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, Touchstone Theatre. If you’re going to do a song and dance revue with the barest skeleton of a plot, you’d better be damn sure you have some outstanding performers. The Tony Award-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ is chock-full of great songs by legendary honky-tonk tunester Fats Waller, but with the less-than-stellar five-member ensemble Touchstone […]