To the editors: As an avid reader of the Reader I was dismayed and disappointed at Patricia Stoll’s article “Demonstration” (May 6, 1988). Not only was this article irresponsible journalism, but Ms. Stoll’s perception of the Israeli-Palestinian problem is shamefully skewed. It is clear that Ms. Stoll is “on the Palestinian side” in this troubling […]
KILLERS Steppenwolf Theatre Company Nobody gives a damn about a writer or his problems except another writer. –Harold Ross, original editor of the New Yorker. The time is the mid-1950s. The scene is a seedy boardinghouse. Somewhere in the background a saxophone wails its lonely complaint about the human condition. Hacking away at his typewriter […]
LOVERS AND KEEPERS Blind Parrot Productions Near the end of the first act in Maria Irene Fornes’s Lovers and Keepers, the couple on the stage is watching television in content resignation. “At first you were mean,” the woman tells the man, “then you were nice.” “At first you were incredibly stupid,” he answers. “but then […]
MAKING DANCES MoMing Dance & Arts Center June 10 and 11 The purpose of the annual “Making Dances,” according to MoMing’s artistic director Jackie Radis, is to “educate audiences” about modern dance, which she says the general public sees as aloof, incomprehensible, and elitist. The argument is that artists and audience members need to be […]
MOMIX WITH SHADOWFAX Auditorium Theatre June 10 With a dance-theater company like Connecticut-based Momix, once you’ve seen their imaginative and whimsical tricks, you seek them out again and again, as an addict seeks the assured immediate pleasures of his drug. The dancers have many sleights of hand (and foot) to offer, dancing on stilts or […]
It’s a Friday night and cool outside. Harold Fox picks up his cab at Sauk Trail Taxi in South Chicago Heights and, still learning his trade, does a little mental preparation to be robbed. It’s first-come, first-served here, and Fox is early enough to select the best of the six cars on the lot. With […]
APPLAUSE Apple Tree Theatre Company In Applause, Eve Harrington, the understudy for the famous actress Margo Channing, finally gets a chance to go onstage. She is a sensation, and when she returns to her dressing room, a star herself now, Eve credits her director for her performance. “You said, ‘The only thing that makes an […]
Chicagoans don’t think about southern California in June. Palm trees, cloudless skies, and a reliable sun don’t beckon now the way they do during the stone gray days of winter. So it must have been in March or April, when there was no sign of the sun, that some of our pale and grouchy predecessors […]
In postindustrial Pilsen, west of the artists’ fashionable rehabs, debris accumulates faster and deeper than anywhere else in Chicago. Some of it comes from the neighborhood drunks and joyriders; after every weekend, empty beer, pop, whiskey, and wine bottles stand upright on the curbs of Avenida de Blue Island, buoys to mark their passage. But […]
For once, a Hollywood entertainment that lives up to all of its advance hype. Set in Tinseltown in 1947, this zany detective story follows the efforts of gumshoe Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear the name of cartoon character Roger Rabbit when the latter becomes the main suspect in a murder case. The movie, which […]
BIG BUSINESS * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Jim Abrahams Written by Dori Pierson and Marc Rubel With Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann, Michele Placido, Daniel Gerroll, and Barry Primus. RED HEAT ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Walter Hill Written by Harry Kleiner, Hill, and Troy Kennedy Martin With Arnold Schwarzenegger, James […]
Tiny Shimer College has survived for 135 years on great books, high hopes, and very little money.
THE BIG TRAIL *** (A must-see) Directed by Raoul Walsh Written by Jack Peabody, Mary Boyle, and Florence Postal With John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel, Tully Marshall, and Tyrone Power Sr. Constant experimentation characterized the first three decades of American narrative filmmaking. The one-reeler evolved into the feature; both color tinting and early attempts […]
Has the consumer-oriented guidebook supplanted the curious, literate travel narrative? Is the modern sensibility too sour to take any pleasure in foreign places?
CHECKMATE and PORTRAIT OF A SUSPECT Unique Theatre Project at Chicago Actors Project The theater practically invented the thrill of the unknown: you never know what may happen when you enter–or how you’ll feel when you leave. Maybe this time, a part of you hopes, you’ll be changed, shaken up, reminded why you got hooked […]