BOB EISEN AND ROBIN LAKES at the Dance Center of Columbia College November 6, 7, 13, and 14, 1987 NEW DANCE ENSEMBLE at MoMing Dance & Arts Center November 5-8, 1987 Sometimes preferring a certain style of choreography is like preferring a certain kind of person–and is as difficult to explain. For example, the New […]
DAVID PARSONS COMPANY at Triton College November 7, 1987 David Parsons, for eight years a principal with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, has now struck out on his own–and what a strike! The program he brought to Triton College was witty, imaginative, and technically assured. Parsons, all of 27 now, will be a major force […]
EROTICA: DELTA OF VENUS Prop Thtr SPLATTER THEATER at CrossCurrents I just wanna get people horny. –Karen Goodman, director of Erotica. Maybe you’ve noticed them, the five or six in Chicago, located for some reason near government buildings–one by the State Street police headquarters, another by Cook County Jail, a third just a couple of […]
In its latest act of trail blazing, the Film Center is offering the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Jacques Doillon, a post-New Wave French director whose singular movies have received next to no attention here. Emotionally unbridled and extreme in their depictions of passion and familial tensions, they are not for every taste, but it’s […]
When you and I look at the facades of public buildings, we see brick or granite. When Krzysztof Wodiczko looks, more often than not he sees majesty in them thar structures. “They are silent and eternal, pure and visually organized,” gushes Wodiczko, a mustached man with a large curly forelock. “Many of the monuments are […]
Sears’s phenomenal success happened because the small-town people who ran it grew up wanting the same things most Americans want.
EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN Raven Theatre Company Everything in the Garden isn’t your typical Albee play. OK, there’s no such thing as a typical Albee play, but Everything in the Garden is uncharacteristically light stuff from one of America’s all-time heavyweight playwrights. So, if you’re an Albee fan, be forewarned. This satire of consumptive greed […]
To be fair, the Service has always made records full of good songs. But for each Chicago rock fan who digs this locally based group, there have long been many more who scoff. I used to be one of them. Until a few months ago, the Service was a band I had tried hard to […]
Victim of a Prosecution Baham “Bob” Djahanguiri asks us to believe he’s innocent. He asks us to suppose–now that the state of Illinois has spent three years combing through his records and his life, trying to prove he’s a criminal, and couldn’t–that maybe he isn’t one. Are you willing to make such a leap of […]
RHYME OR TREASON Music/Theatre Workshop at the Beacon Street Gallery Love is absurd. It’s quiet. It’s loud. It’s passionate and even violent. But in Rhyme or Treason, the new collaborative performance presented by Music/Theatre Workshop, love isn’t the only thing that’s blind and confused. Here are 45 minutes of excess and aimlessness. Try this mixed […]
To the editors: In the story by Ben Joravsky in Neighborhood News (October 30, 1987), neither the author nor the Recycling Center mentioned that there is also a special pickup in Edgewater, specifically at 5734 N. Winthrop (alley) on the second Thursday of each month. I recycle my glass and newspapers. I don’t generally buy […]
Behavior modification solves problems. Does it create any?
To the editors: Yes, downtown Joliet is a moribund shell of its thriving former self. Yes, I miss the economic vitality of the area that figures in pleasant childhood memories. But your writer could have been a little more fair! I can’t believe that, in his brief tour of the central city [“The Ditch That […]
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Synergy Theatre Company at the Broadway Arts Center The pot really boils in this 1949 Arthur Miller domestic tragedy–where the arrival of one too many relatives triggers a violent jealousy in a too-close family. As in Miller’s other early plays, All My Sons and Death of a Salesman, A View […]
To the editors: Black versus brown versus white versus whatever. The article [“The Blacks and the Browns,” November 6] was interesting enough, but I think it ignores the real, underlying issue: the “great melting pot” no longer exists. The birth of politically powerful racial special interest groups has created a new situation (and more power […]