EXTREMITIES Tara Productions at the Broadway Arts Center TALKING WITH . . . Chicago Cooperative Stage Extremities indeed. Few plays carry a more accurate title than William Mastrosimone’s–or lurch more violently from one desperation to its not so opposite extreme. In two very troubled acts, Mastrosimone’s Extremities re-creates both an attempted rape and the victim’s […]
Often and justifiably cited as the first music-drama, Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice conveys an emotional poignancy and simple nobility that is true to the classic myth. In contrast to the convention-laden opera seria, which had degenerated into silly spectacles or florid vehicles for flighty castrati, the characters and situations in Orpheus are sharply and intelligently […]
Off the Hot Seat, on the Record Without fanfare, a new columnist has settled into the Sunday Sun-Times. Identified as “an attorney who is active in civic affairs and has written on Hispanic and educational issues,” George Munoz is in fact past president of the Chicago Board of Education, and he’ll remain on the board […]
WHO’LL SAVE THE PLOWBOY? Kinetic Theatre Company at Centre East Studio Bad poetry awakens the reader to the virtues of good poetry. Only after you’ve experienced what doesn’t work do you begin to understand what does. That’s why the Kinetic Theatre’s woefully inept production of Who’ll Save the Plowboy? is a must see for aspiring […]
His performance was funny, dumb, imspired, fantastic, and self-aggrandizing all at once. He raised rock criticism to new heights of bizarreness and sensitivity.
If the problem is waste management, water treatment, or industrial development, chances are engineer Jack Sheaffer has a novel solution–and a more responsible one.
To the editors: Salim Muwakkil’s “Pop: I’m Bad, Therefore I Am” [January 22] reveals a confused and contradictory attitude towards jazz. On the one hand, in describing the musical tastes of the “black bourgeoisie,” he notes that “jazz has become an exclusively aural art form; dancing is not allowed. (Jazz began as dance music. But […]
One Night’s Shelter
To the editors: Thank you for making the plight of thousands of Chicago teachers known in the article [“Three Teachers Talking,” January 22]. Few items in the media mention the strong community, peer, and parental pressure that exists to prevent Chicago Public School children from achieving success. You might like to take a journalistic look […]
THE STICK WIFE Victory Gardens Theater I’m sure Beth Henley’s a very nice person, but I do wish she’d get out of my face. It was Henley who wrote Crimes of the Heart, a comedy about three deeply disturbed daughters of the deep south and their rather pixilated–if sometimes murderous–approach to the world. Henley won […]
To the editors: (Re: “Three Teachers Talking,” by Elizabeth Blanchard, January 22.) This travesty passing for journalism, though it may have provided the obligatory sexual buzz one expects when reading hot dirt about minorities, nevertheless is a powerful example of what Eugene Miller of the Miami Herald denounces as an insidious practice gaining popularity in […]
Hayden Thompson lives in Highland Park and makes his living as a chauffeur, but he has a past that includes playing rockabilly music at countless road gigs all over the south, and recording at Sun, the very same studio that hatched Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison. And although […]
To the editors: I was very happy to see your cover story on Environmental Illness [“The Yeast of Our Problems,” January 22], especially as I suffer from this problem which has yet to be recognized in the mainstream press. I would like to expand on a point Mr. McClory touched on in the article: the […]
A few things you might not know if you nil missed the recent Couch Potato Convention at the Lincolnwood Hyatt: (1) There are 12 types of TV twins. So says Dr. Gregory Young, a psychiatrist who has devised a system of television enlightenment that consists of finding the television character you most resemble, then watching […]
To the editors: Thanx for publishing Salim Muwakkil’s incisive “Pop: I’m Bad, Therefore I Am” [January 22]. Muwakkil’s notion that rap is a cognate of bebop is quixotic. I can see the economic need for hip-hop organized sounds; but I’m too much into Ohnedaruth et alia to swallow Salim’s specious ideation re rap as music. […]