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Misfits in Love

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE Body Politic Theatre With Leonard Foglia directing it, Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune plays like what it is: a misfit romance in the tradition of misfit romances, with just enough slack on the form to make it interesting. Look at it that […]

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One Happy Couple

To the editors: I have just read your article entitled, “Babies Wanted” [May 12] and, while it appears that an attempt was obviously made not to misrepresent the issues, our experience has been vastly different than you have portrayed in a couple of significant areas. There is at least one agency which works very closely […]

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Field & Street

The Buffalo Grove Prairie is a typical Illinois natural area: a long, narrow strip of native black-soil prairie sandwiched between the Soo Line tracks on the east and the bare clay of a construction site on the west. Overhead, supported on two rows of steel towers, two Commonwealth Edison high-tension lines run the length of […]

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Danny Gatton Band

Danny Gatton was born in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has played the club scene there for more than 20 years, and lives there to this day. He plays blues guitar, country guitar, rockabilly guitar, rock-and-roll guitar, and soul guitar; people who are supposed to know about these things–the editors of Guitar Player magazine for […]

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House of Words

HOLDING UP THE HOUSE at the Dance Center of Columbia College June 9-10 Nana Shineflug has been a pivotal force in the Chicago modern-dance community for many years–as performer, choreographer, artistic director of the Chicago Moving Company, and outstanding teacher. Many of our most accomplished dancers were her students. So it was depressing that the […]

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Russian Rebellion

LITTLE VERA *** (A must-see) Directed by Vasily Pichul Written by Maria Khmelik With Natalya Negoda, Andrei Sokolov, Ludmila Zaitzeva, and Yuri Nazarov. Until recently Moscow did not believe in tears or in soft-core sex scenes–or in hard-core depictions of ordinary workers’ lives in that reputedly classless society. But with glasnost in gear, director Vasily […]

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Be a Millionaire

Four friends and I left the Salsedo Press party at 4 AM and squeezed into the gray Toyota I was driving that night. Ann, Ingrid, David, and I know each other from Ann Arbor; Mattias is from Sweden and is in the U.S. working on his dissertation on the sociology of religion, specifically Louis Farrakhan. […]

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The House of Correction

THE HOUSE OF CORRECTION Strawdog Theatre Company at Cafe Voltaire The press release for The House of Correction describes it as “a brilliant, provocative, wholly original comedy that combines the worlds of Kafka, Joe Orton, and Arthur Miller.” But if this thing is “wholly original,” where do Kafka, Orton, and Miller fit in? And why […]

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The Great Electric Meter Mystery, or, How Not to Handle a Funny-Looking Bill from Commonwealth Edison

From the outside, the building at 2306 N. Lincoln looks innocent and ordinary, a storefront and some apartments in need of nothing more than a few coats of paint. Inside, well, that’s a different story. Something fishy is going on there, residents past and present say. The building mysteriously devours huge quantities of electricity, leaving […]

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One Day at the Park

The day, which had begun overcast, cold, and threatening, had suddenly brightened and warmed, so that when my two-and-a-half-year-old wanted to go to the park I agreed. Our first stop, as always, was at the swings. Having abruptly abandoned her fear of them, Louisa now requires long and vigorous pushings. We had the park nearly […]

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Personals

PERSONALS Halsted Theatre Centre Beneath the surface of this perky, energetic, somewhat empty-headed musical revue lurks an amazingly pessimistic attitude about relationships. Everyone in the show is lonely and desperate but too hung up or scared or depressed or world-weary to open up to another person. “I can’t believe I want to go through that […]