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A Soul Searching

EDMOND Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company In the very first scene of Edmond a fortune-teller reveals to the protagonist, Edmond, “You are not where you belong.” It strikes a chord, and in the next scene Edmond leaves his wife and begins a feverish journey into the ugly heart of New York City looking for something. Himself? Truth? […]

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When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?

Some cheap tricks for getting an audience’s attention: Have a phone ring onstage. The sound of a ringing telephone seems to stimulate the release of adrenaline, causing anxiety and tension. Depict sexual activity of any sort, or show a little nudity. This stimulates other hormones that contribute to full alertness. Place a psychopath in a […]

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E.I.E.I.O.

In their burst-from-hibernation show at Lounge Ax last weekend, E.I.E.I.O. were swaggering and joyful, lean and mean. The midwestern foursome (the members live strewn from Berwyn to Madison) has been in retreat for near on a year. The group has no new album to show for it, but who cares? They just fall back on […]

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Good Clean Trash

SCANDAL *** (A must-see) Directed by Michael Caton-Jones Written by Michael Thomas With John Hurt, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Bridget Fonda, Ian McKellen, Leslie Phillips, Britt Ekland, Daniel Massey, Roland Gift, and Jeroen Krabbe. After applauding some of the forthright aspects of High Hopes and other recent English movies in this space two weeks ago, I’m happy […]

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The Speed of Darkness

THE SPEED OF DARKNESS Goodman Theatre Steve Tesich’s latest work implies a “speed of darkness” that rivals that of light–he seems to believe there’s a malign, invisible force threatening the security of what we can actually see. What’s more unsettling is that the darkness comes from the hero in The Speed of Darkness, a prosperous […]

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A Slap in the Face

HUBBARD STREET DANCE COMPANY at the Civic Center for Performing Arts April 28-30 and May 4-7 Hubbard Street’s hallmarks are a sassy mood, stylish choreography, and a silky-smooth yet piston-hard technique. It’s a glossy look, with a high finish and bright colors: the dance comes in a gorgeous package. Hubbard Street’s a crowd-pleaser. In its […]

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Johnny B. Moore With Bonnie Lee

It’s always nice to see one of your own predictions come true. In much less time than it usually takes, guitarist Johnny B. Moore has become one of the most widely respected blues musicians in Chicago. He has retained his hard-edged west-side roots while developing his technique in soul, pop, funk, and rock stylings with […]

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On Exhibit: 57 ways to improve Chicago

An illustrated feature in each issue of Spy, called “New, Improved New York,” posits some change, usually involving some in-joke, that will make Gotham a better place. In one issue, for example, the editors suggest holding a Thanksgiving-night parade featuring gigantic balloons not of Mickey Mouse or Superman or even of Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles […]

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Daley Planning

To the editors: Ed Zotti is an astute commentator on urban planning issues in Chicago, and he also obviously cares for our city, but I must take issue with much of “Cityscape: Planning for Daley” (Reader, April 14). In the first place, Zotti–along with every other journalist in Chicago–should renounce the misty descent into portraying […]

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The Straight Dope

NEWS FROM LAKE LILLIAN Recently I heard one of your readers was concerned about the existence of my hometown of Lake Lillian, Minnesota. It’s there, all right, all 300-plus people (350-plus if you count the cats and dogs). Lake Lillian is on Highway 7 about 12 miles north of Bird Island, in case you can’t […]

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I’ll Take Jesus

To the editors: In the April 21st interview with Mr. Sheehan, he makes several points that I would like to take issue with. First is that every major theologian shares his views on the “myths” of the bible; secondly, I take offense to his insinuation that those that differ with these views are country bumpkins […]