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A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups

CINDERELLA Chicago Opera Theater at the Athenaeum Theater April 23, 27, 29, and 30, May 1, 4, and 8, 1988 If one thinks of Cinderella as a children’s fairy tale, a la Charles Perrault or Walt Disney, featuring fairy godmothers, pumpkin coaches, and glass slippers, then Rossini’s treatment of the story in his opera La […]

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The City File

“OK, yer under arrest . . . um, wanna bottle?” As part of a federally funded “Drug Use Forecasting” project in Cook County, says an Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority release, “people arrested for various crimes are asked to voluntarily submit to an interview and urinalysis for the purpose of measuring drug use among suspected […]

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El sur

On the surface, despite the presence of a different fictional source (a story by Adelaida Garcia Morales) and scriptwriter (Jose Luis Lopez Linares), Victor Erice’s second feature seems to bring back some of the haunting obsessions of his first, the wonderful Spirit of the Beehive (1973): the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, the magical […]

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International Theatre Festival of Chicago

Easy travel to other cultures. Never mind the delays at O’Hare–eight foreign countries will come to you in the course of this month-long festival. Representing the world: Comediants, from Spain; Pat Van Hemelrijck, from Belgium; Gate Theatre Dublin, from Ireland; the English Shakespeare Company, from England; Compagnie Patrice Bigel/La Rumeur, from France; Carbone 14, from […]

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Frimly Grasping Grammar

To the editors. It’s hard to believe that a urologist with a firm grasp of his specialty could fail at simple arithmetic, but that’s how it seems in the first paragraph of Judith Moore’s interview with Dr. Moseley (“Health: It’s Not Easy Being Hard,” April 8). Although the image of a collective penis is even […]

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Inflated CLAIM

To the editors: It was good to see Ben Joravsky’s “Neighborhood News” April 15 feature on the Crossroads Fund. Their support of unpopular and needy projects that fall through the cracks at larger foundations deserves applause and recognition. However, two points about Chicago Legal Aid to Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) need clarification. Mr. Joravsky credited CLAIM […]

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The Misanthrope

THE MISANTHROPE Seahorse The title’s a misnomer. Alceste is no misanthrope. Not in this Seahorse production, anyway. Sure, he flaunts his great loathing for mankind–his inability to abide human failings. But, at least as he’s played here by Tracy Hultgren, Alceste’s feelings have less to do with his very low opinion of other people than […]

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The Sports Section

The bleachers are an odd place we used to call home. No other seat in the ballpark is at once so far from the central action of baseball and so close to the individual players. Here comes the Montreal Expos’ Hubie Brooks–right below us–to make the catch on the warning track against the usual hard-hit-but-at-’em […]

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Light Fantastic

THE LIGHTED FIELD *** (A must-see) Directed by Andrew Noren. I’m a light thief and a shadow bandit. I deal in retinal phantoms. Film is illusion, period, however you choose to see it–shadows of human delights and adversities or raging conflicts of emulsion grains. We see only “films” of films, as all of our sight […]

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The impossible bank: South Shore, a model mixture of capitalism and community development

In the beginning, Richard Taub recalls, it was just an idea passed to him over the backyard fence by his next-door neighbor. Ronald Grzywinski, the neighbor, and several of his friends and colleagues–Milton Davis, Mary Houghton, Jim Fletcher, and Michael Bennett chief among them–had a vision: they were going to buy the South Shore Bank, […]