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A Rock Grows in Athens

ATHENS, GA.–INSIDE/OUT ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Anthony Gayton With R.E.M., the B-52’s, Dreams So Real, and Love Tractor. Athens, Georgia — 60 miles from Atlanta — is home to 45,000 people, the University of Georgia, and one of the most critically acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll scenes of recent years. The B-52’s and […]

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The Straight Dope

Last night I inserted a new blade cartridge in my modern safety razor. This AM my true love used said instrument (unbeknownst to me) to remove unwanted hair from her lower extremities. Now, a half hour later, I am trying to figure out how to apply a tourniquet to my upper lip after using the […]

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Lost in Space

BLUE WINDOW Center Theater Blue Window is not so much a story as a portrait of seven people — three couples and a friend. When I first saw it more than a year ago, at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, it struck me as little more than a character study, an “actor’s piece,” a play […]

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The City File

You can be too old to become an entrepreneur, says president James E. Challenger of Chicago’s Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Based on his surveys of discharged corporate managers, he says, “There are two basic requirements for entrepreneurial success: the person has to be under 50 years of age in order to be mentally and […]

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The Easy Life

Vittorio Gassman as a middle-aged playboy who takes law student Jean-Louis Trintignant under his wing, the better to teach him the cynical lessons of modern Italian living. Dino Risi’s corrosive social comedy managed to combine the aggressive energy of the French New Wave and the dissipated drift of Antoniennui in away that seemed fresh and […]

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Curse of the Starving Class

CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company at Amethyst The stupidest and saddest kind of starvation happens when the refrigerator’s full. Sam Shepard calls it a “poison,” an “explosive in the blood,” but mainly in Curse of the Starving Class it’s just that, a curse, ensuring that every move made by the members of […]

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Little Victories

LITTLE VICTORIES Trinity Square Ensemble at Live Theatre Little Victories must have been written by a feminist double agent, a saboteur pretending to champion feminism while actually subverting the cause from within. The play seems ideologically pure. It revolves around two icons of feminism –Susan B. Anthony and Joan of Arc — who are busy […]

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Measure for Measure

Chicago Shakespeare Company The Immediate Theatre Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall — measure for measure. Written between Othello and King Lear, Measure for Measure must have absorbed a lot of spilled-over seriousness from those uncompromising plays. In this alleged comedy, Shakespeare sets up the burning conflicts so strongly that the obligatory […]

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Lite Lawrence

KANGAROO * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Tim Burstall Written by Evan Jones With Colin Friels, Judy Davis, John Walton, Julie Nihill, and Hugh Keays-Byrne. Was D.H. Lawrence a profound “priest of love,” or a proto-fascist, or just a fellow who earned a brief notoriety by scribbling a few novels’ worth of sensual yearning and […]

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Off-Off Loop Theatre Festival

Last year, with the Chicago International Theatre Festival running at about the same time, there was an aura of the underdog to this event. This year, they’ve got a nice logo and the field more or less to themselves. Still, the specifics are the same: ten plucky non-Equity companies displaying their wares in a series […]

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Katia and Mariella Labeque

The Labeque sisters, Katia and Marielle, are the most sensational piano duo since Fitzdale and Gold. Not quite convinced? Neither was I, until I heard and saw them in action last year. For a brief spell, their pyrotechnics and panache made me believe in the merits and possibilities of the dubious genre, which enjoyed a […]