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The Great Chicago Playwrights Exposition

Those Lincoln Avenue roommates, the Body Politic and Victory Gardens theaters, have lent their two-level performance complex as well as their energies to the task of bringing off this six-week-long 13-playwright showcase for homegrown talents. Productions include two full-length works, three programs of short plays, and a couple of pieces-in-progress (see below for details). Body […]

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Snooky Pryor

James “Snooky” Pryor’s broad-toned, rhythmic harmonica lent its flowing emotional intensity to some of the most significant blues recordings of the 1940s and ’50s, most notably those by Floyd Jones (“Stockyard Blues,” “Schooldays on My Mind”) and Sunnyland Slim. (“Goin’ Back to Memphis”), and he remains an accomplished purveyor of the music he helped bring […]

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Anomie in the U.K.

ROAD Remains Theatre Ensemble at the Organic Theater Road is one damn good evening of theater. I don’t get to say that very often; hardly ever. Chicago has dozens of theater companies dedicated, as they say, to presenting new and challenging plays. You hear that claim a lot; but when you get there you often […]

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Shorts #1

SHORTS #1 Great Chicago Playwrights Exposition at the Body Politic Dramatists who write short stuff clearly defy the odds. Unless they provide a companion piece to complete a dynamite package deal, they can never know if their sketch, monologue, or one-act will ever see the light of day, let alone find worthy stage mates. Is […]

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Shorts #2

SHORTS #2 Great Chicago Playwrights Exposition at the Body Politic In the second round of short works from “Play Expo,” there’s a big gap between those plays written from the inside out–where what the characters do and say seems to come from the persons they really are–and those from the outside in, where people come […]

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DOONESBURY New Tuners Theatre at the Theatre Building Sometimes I’ll catch myself going over Doonesbury four or five times. First I read the words. Then I go over the comic strip again, pausing at each frame to admire the draftsmanship. Finally, I go back and dwell on the bemused, droopy-lidded expressions that Garry Trudeau draws […]