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Unfinished Feminism

PERFORMANCE CHICAGO Joanna Frueh and Heidi A. Lang at the Dance Center of Columbia College February 24 and 25 Debora Duez Donato, originator of “Performance Chicago,” needs to raise the standards for these works. Both pieces presented on the second weekend–Joanna Frueh’s Mouth Piece and Heidi A. Lang’s Breaking It–seemed thin, unfinished, and flat, giving […]

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Real Creeps

POCKET THEATRE, PRT. I (LAMBS OF GOD) Main Line Productions at Club Dreamerz The best theater is engaged in the search for truth, and Pocket Theatre, Prt. I (Lambs of God) is the best theater I’ve seen in a long, long time. Not the most polished theater, mind you–although the level of writing and acting […]

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Duell’s Challenge

BALLET CHICAGO at the Civic Center for Performing Arts March 2-5 Let’s face it. Chicago is kind of a staid place. It wears furry hats and nylon boots. It adores its football team. It writes in Ed Vrdolyak. The ballet repertoire can be rather staid, too. Put the two together, and there’s the potential for […]

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The Pursuit of Happiness

One gray, cheerless morning it came time for me to check out the new Pursuit of Happiness LP, Love Junk. At first it sounded exactly like the kind of 1970s mainstream hard rock that once served as sound track to my adolescent life: tough, tight, edgy riffs blasting with impeccable Todd Rundgren-produced sonic force out […]

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Chances Are

The most intricately and cleverly plotted of all the recent body-exchange and/or heaven movies, written by the sisters Perry and Randy Howze (Maid to Order, Mystic Pizza), and directed by Emile Ardolino (Dirty Dancing). I don’t want to give away too much of the story, which invites the spectator to flirt with the idea of […]

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ROOSTERS Latino Chicago I’ve never been to a cockfight. All I know about them is what you see on TV, or in B movies, where they throw in a cockfight scene to add some local color. Such scenes invariably conclude with a heartbroken campesino cradling a limp, bloody chicken and exiting silently as the victorious […]

Posted inFilm

Lust Horizon

A WINTER TAN *** (A must-see) Directed by Jackie Burroughs, Louise Clark, John Frizzell, John Walker, and Aerlyn Weissman Written by Burroughs With Burroughs, Erando Gonzales, Javier Torres, and Diana d’Aquila. A Winter Tan is startling because it mainly succeeds in its aims though they’re based on at least three dubious premises. The first is […]

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Young Performers

In the basement of Orchestra Hall a young girl drums her leg with her fingers, practicing an arpeggio. Another girl listens to a Walkman, trying to memorize a portion of a piece of music. A small boy tucks a violin under his chin and starts to tune it. The other people in the room glare […]