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The City File

Down under Navy Pier. Chicago Maritime Society divers pulled more than 100 artifacts off the bottom of the lake at Navy Pier during this summer’s Maritime Folk Festival, reports Chicago Maritime News (Summer 1988). Most were old soda-pop bottles. “A third of the recovered bottles were close to forty years old, reported diver Dave Milligan. […]

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Bring Back Herb

It’s a beautiful blue-sky day in Grant Park. Near the new sculpture–the one that looks like red metal boat oars rotating on top of a pole–there’s a small group listening to a man bark through a megaphone: “Man, we don’t want crack, we don’t want heroin, just bring us the marijuana we need!” A shout […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

When Georg Solti accompanied the remains of Bela Bartok back to their mutual Hungarian homeland last June, Solti was emotionally overwhelmed by the experience. A single rose left on the master’s coffin became a symbol of the debt of gratitude that his former pupil felt. The Solti/Bartok collaboration is legendary; add to that the Chicago […]

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Doctor Faustus

DOCTOR FAUSTUS Court Theatre Why wert thou not a creature wanting soul? –John Faustus, PhD Years ago I listened to a recording of Dylan Thomas reading Faustus’s death soliloquy. The memory alone still gives me an exalted chili. Damn if I haven’t always wanted to see this play. Not just because I’m attracted to the […]

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Days of Daley

To the editors: Congratulations on the Hot Type column about the McCarron/Tribune series [September 16]. Mike Miner got to some of the subtleties of the series well. McCarron’s insistence that we are without leadership but suffocating with community input sounds like the kind of table pounding that the owners of the Tribune did over the […]

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Othello

OTHELLO Chicago Shakespeare Company Theatre Building “Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ,” says Iago of Othello’s too quick suspicion of his wife’s adultery, a doubt Iago cultivates like a poison plant. But he might well be referring to himself. Iago, too, is eaten by the “green-eyed […]

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Rearview Vision

To the editors: Thanks for Michael Miner’s critical look at the Tribune series on neighborhood development [September 16]. “Why Did John McCarron Do That?” is a question on many peoples’ minds, and one answered reasonably well by Miner. The one quote that best sums up McCarron’s attitudes: “This was not a series about the problem […]

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Dead Ringers

David Cronenberg’s finely tuned new feature is a psychological thriller exploring the complex lives of two gynecologists, identical twins (both played by Jeremy Irons) who share everything from their girlfriends to the successful fertility clinic that they jointly run. Their close mutual ties become challenged when they both become attracted to the same actress (Genevieve […]

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The Sports Section

The Summer Olympic Games come but once every four years, something we’ve been reminded of, implicitly, every three and a half minutes as NBC’s television coverage hurries from one event to another. This time, the producer seems to say, we’re going to see everything; but in his or her wild attempt to show everything of […]

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Lloyd’s Prayer

LLOYD’S PRAYER Remains Theatre at the Goodman Theatre Studio Denis O’Hare does the best raccoon around. Only Steve Totland’s formidable mongoose (from Just So Stories, at the Lifeline Theatre last season) comes close. O’Hare’s got that great raccoon tick sound, like an overwound egg timer or a squirrel on a wire. He’s got the quick […]

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Taking Steps

TAKING STEPS Touchstone Theatre Taking Steps has one clever visual joke: A three-story house is depicted on a single level, forcing the actors to climb and descend invisible “stairs.” They look silly doing this–which is fine, this is a farce. The play also contains one good role: Tristram is a young attorney so shy and […]