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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

A charming and amiable Disney live-action feature, directed by newcomer Joe Johnston, about an inventor (Rick Moranis) who devises a gizmo that accidentally shrinks his two kids and their two friends (Amy O’Neill, Robert Oliveri, Jared Rushton, and Thomas Brown) to about a quarter of an inch high. While the plot abounds in improbabilities and […]

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Oh My . . . Nuts! A Musical Tribute to the Late Great Mark Nutter

As songwriter for Friends of the Zoo, probably the most intellectually eccentric of Chicago’s improv-style comedy troupes, Mark Nutter demonstrates a singular flair for the logic of illogic. Like the work of Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, and Abe Burrows, Nutter’s songs derive their comic infectiousness from the refinement with which he develops their absurd or […]

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The Sports Section

We return to our baseball teams unusually late in the season, to find that they have each taken drastically different paths. At the end of last weekend’s games, the Cubs were in first place, the White Sox in last. For anyone looking at the big picture, this season has been particularly excruciating for the Sox. […]

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For This We Need the Goodman?

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Goodman Theatre With the ascension of Robert Falls as artistic director two seasons ago, Goodman Theatre instituted a solid, if unofficial, policy of ending its subscription seasons with big-budget summer musicals. The 1986-’87 season closed with Michael Maggio’s staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the […]

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Somalia, Etcetera

SOMALIA, ETCETERA Theater Oobleck Somalia is that unlucky nation on the eastern coast of Africa that has been a hellhole of drought, starvation, war, disease, you name it, as long as anyone can remember. They have one doctor for about every 26,000 people. Somalia is a bad place to be born, but a likely enough […]

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Dig, Volley, Spike!

DIG, VOLLEY, SPIKE! Footsteps Theatre Company at the Hemenway United Methodist Church Penny O’Connor’s Dig, Volley, Spike! contains elements of the “heroes lose, heroes work hard, heroes win” plot utilized in countless novels, plays, and films. A bunch of motley, sad-sack rookies/recruits/amateurs/nerds overcome great obstacles to become a smoothly functioning team of athletes/soldiers/cops/dancers; after an […]

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Episcopal Extremists

To the editors: I have a number of reasons for having been fascinated by Bryan Miller’s article “Is Nothing Sacred?” [June 9]. Christened into the Church of England, I joined an Episcopal parish when I moved to the United States fifteen years ago. Since then I have attended both St. Paul’s-by-the-Lake, home to many of […]

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Undermining Authority

SURNAME VIET GIVEN NAME NAM *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Trinh T. Minh-ha. How many, already, have been condemned to premature deaths for having borrowed the master’s tools and thereby played into his hands? –Trinh T. Minh-ha Uncertainty is a difficult premise on which to build a documentary, although there are times when […]

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Gossip Was Her Business

To the editors: Ken Towers, executive editor of the Sun-Times, in a statement in his paper said that the dismissed Ann Gerber was hired as a free-lance “society columnist” [Hot Type, June 9]. Towers knew, or should have known, that Ann Gerber was a “gossip columnist.” For in every publication of her column in the […]