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Last Summer at Bluefish Cove

LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE Footsteps Theatre Company at Live Theatre In the 1970s, in the wake of the birth of “gay liberation” at the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, there emerged a genre loosely defined as the “gay play.” Developed by a loose-knit group of writers–male and female, mostly New York-based, newcomers […]

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Candid Quackery

To the editors: I would like to make a few comments on the recent Robert McClory piece on Environmental Illness [January 22]. It was a pretty good summary of the controversy. However, I do have a few quibbles: The article describes the reaction of mainstream allergists and physicians to the concept of EI as “shrill.” […]

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Gary Burton

The revolutionary vibraphonist hits Chicago in the midst of a watershed year. His collaborative concert with nueva tango creator Astor Piazzolla, recorded in 1986 at the Montreux festival, has just been released; he has finished work on an upcoming all-star session that features hot tenor man Mike Brecker and guitarist John Scofield; there’s even word […]

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Paranoid Illusions

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE **** (Masterpiece) Directed by John Frankenheimer Written by George Axelrod With Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh, and James Edwards. The first and only time I’ve seen a good 35-millimeter print of Carl Dreyer’s 1944 masterpiece Day of Wrath was in Europe […]

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Off Limits

Yet another Vietnam picture, set in Saigon in 1968. This one is a mystery thriller about two plainclothes cops (Willem Dafoe and Gregory Hines) assigned to investigate the murders of half a dozen local prostitutes whose babies were fathered by American servicemen; a high-ranking American officer proves to be one of the suspects. Directed and […]

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Slices of Life

ENGAGED OBJECTS at N.A.M.E. Gallery February 26-27 Watching the “Engaged Objects” performances was something like being driven around blindfolded: I never knew where I was or where I was headed. I only knew that I was being taken somewhere, and that I ought to pay attention to the smallest detail, as I would eventually have […]

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On Queue

OK I admit it. My name isn’t really Dave Rosello. But when you’re taking a day away from work to idle 17 hours in freezing weather for opening-day Cubs tickets and the reporters keep you out of your sleeping bag in front of Wrigley Field for a quote, you get a little peeved. When my […]