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Follow Your Heart

To the editors: David B. Sutton is a great human being. His “79 Cents” story [February 17] underscores the lack of compassion we humans have in dealing with one another. He hears the man’s story, has feelings that the stranger is NOT LYING, gives the man 79 cents and then justifies his actions with the […]

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King Lear

KING LEAR Body Politic Theatre After much anticipation–“The first 10 performances sold out!”–James O’Reilly appears as King Lear. He’s tall, imposing, and at an age of almost bitter ripeness. His voice is deep and seasoned. No doubt that he looks and sounds the part, but in the opening scene it’s hard to tell if he’ll […]

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Lindsay String Quartet

Now 84 years old and still indomitable, Michael Tippett is assured of his reputation as one of the major creative forces in 20th-century British music. But unlike his near contemporary Benjamin Britten, much of his work has not got the kind of attention due a composer of his stature and musical accessibility–especially not outside his […]

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The Edge Is Off

THE ROAD TO MECCA Northlight Theatre I read somewhere that Athol Fugard admires Samuel Beckett above all other contemporary playwrights. That makes sense to me, especially when I look at some of the earlier Fugard scripts: The Blood Knot, with its absurd brothers–black and white sons of the same parents–bouncing around a cardboard-and-corrugated-metal shack. Or […]

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Three of a Kind

NEW YORK STORIES *** (A must-see) “Life Lessons” Directed by Martin Scorsese Written by Richard Prince With Nick Nolte, Rosanna Arquette, and Patrick O’Neal. “Life Without Zoe” Directed by Francis Coppola Written by Francis Coppola and Sofia Coppola With Heather McComb, Talia Shire, Giancarlo Giannini, Don Novello, and Selim Tlili. “Oedipus Wrecks” Directed and written […]

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The Sports Section

The Bulls own the Bucks, but while the Bucks dominate the Pistons, the Pistons can’t lose to the Bulls. The Knicks can’t be beaten at home, but neither can the Cavaliers, and they win frequently on the road as well. The Celtics are crippled, but who’s to say they can’t knock off anybody if they […]

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The Enormous Room

THE ENORMOUS ROOM Next Theatre Company In Robertston Davies’s novel Fifth Business an old Catholic priest tells the narrator, “The older I grow the less Christ’s teaching says to me.” I feel the same way about E. E. Cummings. Once, Cummings’s playfully rebellious poems, full of love and spring and birds and goat-footed balloonmen, seemed […]

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Red Sorghum

Winner of the Golden Bear at the 1988 Berlin International Film Festival, Zhang Yimou’s 1987 feature from the People’s Republic of China mixes local history and legend. It follows the adventures of a young bride who is sold by her father to an elderly and wealthy leper, then is carried off by a chair bearer […]

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Women in the Director’s Chair Film and Video Festival

This five-day festival, now in its eighth year, highlights film and video shorts and features by women, including documentaries, animation, narrative, and experimental works. It starts Wednesday, March 8, and runs through Sunday, March 12, at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont. Films and videos are grouped under such program headings as “Take the First Step,” […]

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A Testimony to Your Love

A TESTIMONY TO YOUR LOVE Kuumba Theatre Perhaps you’ve seen that commercial on TV–the one in which various people call American Express to ask if they can apply for “the card” over the phone, and look like they’ve seen salvation when they’re told that they can. The actors in this ad are mostly white men […]

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Wiley and the Hairy Man

WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN Growing Stage Chlldrens Theater Company Although based on an African folktale, Susan Zeder’s Wiley and the Hairy Man is set in the Louisiana bayou. Wiley is the son of Mammy, the best conjuring woman in the southwest county. She can do just about any sort of magic–except get the Hairy […]

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Mwata Bowden’s Winds & Thangs, Vandy Harris & the Front Burners, Edward Wilkerson Jr./Ameen Muhammad Emsemble

Still based in Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians is also still recognized as a beacon of free-jazz expression throughout the world. The AACM also still operates on a shoestring; hence this concert, a benefit for the AACM school, the loosely structured program in music and life that boasts Douglas Ewart and […]