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7 Second Delay

7 SECOND DELAY at Sheffield’s Radio, in its heyday of dramatic serials and farfetched adventures, offered food for the imagination in a way that television never has. Instead, the argument goes, television stunts creative growth by giving us such complete images that no room remains for personal, imaginative exploration. 7 Second Delay, an hour-long comedy […]

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That Petrol Emotion

Caught between punk and pop, between their half-smiling Irish eyes and their teenage Beatle complex, between their powerhouse guitar-playing brother team (Sean and Damian O’Neill) and their slightly dorky lead singer (Feargal Sharkey), the Undertones ran the gamut from scrappy near-greatness to sticky goo. Sharkey has since become an extremely dorky ersatz soul singer, but […]

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It’s a Dog’s Life

IT’S A DOG’S LIFE at the Civic Studio Theatre A pit bull terrier that disturbs the peace–no, make that devastates the peace–is the nuisance that sets off a chain reaction of catastrophes in It’s a Dog’s Life, a new and cumulatively hilarious comedy now playing at the Civic Studio. The show is a collaboration of […]

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Three Postcards

THREE POSTCARDS Northlight Theatre The scene is nouvelle cuisine, at one of those restaurants where the waiter’s presentation verges on performance art. As you may know, there’s more to it than just sitting down and eating. It’s a complete social context that allows the diner to impersonate a gourmet, and the waiter to impersonate a […]

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The Epic That Never Was

If it had ever been completed, Josef von Sternberg’s big-budget 1937 adaptation of Robert Graves’s I, Claudius for Alexander Korda might have been his masterpiece. But a series of calamities plagued the production, and all we have left today are some tantalizing rushes–and this excellent 1968 British documentary about the doomed project hosted by Dirk […]

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23rd Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival, now into its last days, will be holding repeat screenings of its prizewinning films at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport). Tickets are $6.50 ($5 for Cinema/Chicago members); they’re on sale at the theater box office and the film festival stores (1419 N. Wells, 1157 N. State). For further […]

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Grown Ups

GROWN UPS National Jewish Theater at Mayer-Kaplan Jewish Community Center Few people still believe the earth is the center of the universe. Many people, however, seem convinced that the universe revolves around them. Jules Feiffer has created an entire family of such wildly egocentric people in Grown Ups. They need each other, certainly, but in […]

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The Wedding Dress

THE WEDDING DRESS New Age Hispanic American Repertory Theater at Saint Augustine College No wonder director Rolando A. Arroyo-Sucre insists that his company members abstain from drugs and alcohol. Otherwise, people would think his productions were drug-inspired hallucinations, with their wild colors, fantastic costumes, and highly fluctuating vocal patterns and intonations. But The Wedding Dress […]