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Prisoners of Life

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 […]

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David Parsons Company

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 […]

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Family Life/La pirate

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 […]

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Everything in the Garden

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 […]

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Dressed for Excess

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 […]

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The Jewel of Joliet

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 […]

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A View From the Bridge

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 […]

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Melting Pot Shot

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 […]