Posted inNews & Politics

A Surgeon’s Gift

Craig Bradley is clearly used to the best: his spacious office suite is decorated with tasteful, expensive furniture and lots of wood. The walls are hung with black-and-white photographs by his wife, Anne Bradley; a square coffee table in the waiting room is covered with four neat rows of magazines–including Vogue, Architectural Digest, Chicago, Better […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Half My Face Is a Clown

HALF MY FACE IS A CLOWN at Second City E.T.C. Bob Odenkirk’s program bio notes that he writes for TV’s Saturday Night Live, but don’t let that put you off. Odenkirk’s one-man show Half My Face Is a Clown displays an intelligence and craftsmanship long missing from SNL and most other shows of that ilk. […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Tiny Tot Mystic

TINY TOT MYSTIC Sarantos Studios A couple years ago I was conducting a seminar on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota. At one point we were discussing a short story by Chekhov, and a woman was proposing an interpretation of the story. She was articulate and made a sound argument. When she finished, the man […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Hang Loose, Mother Goose

HANG LOOSE, MOTHER GOOSE Bailiwick Repertory A good children’s play has more to tell its young audience than they can immediately absorb, planting seeds for future harvests. Charmagne Spencer’s very hip Hang Loose, Mother Goose is a children’s tale that celebrates the power of make-believe and enlists its young audience in its pursuit. To do […]

Posted inArts & Culture

The Boys Next Door

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Pegasus Players Remember The Producers? Mel Brooks’s comedy about two guys who stage a musical called Springtime for Hitler, expecting it to flop? Only it doesn’t flop? And they end up in jail, ha-ha? Remember the opening-night sequence, and that one shot of the audience right after they’ve seen a big […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The Straight Dope

How did Fido become the more or less generic name for the family dog, when in fact there are few canines that actually answer to that moniker? –N.D.G., Chicago If you’d been properly educated, N., you wouldn’t have to ask this question. Then again, if you and the rest of the boomers already knew the […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Laugh, Inc.

LAUGH, INC. at the Apple Tree Theatre Laugh, Inc. is essentially a Second City rip-off–not too surprising, since four of its six members are graduates of the Players Workshop. But in this city, where new comedy/improv ensembles spring up each week, most groups do try to find some way of personalizing the training and developing […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The City File

“Just what kind of garbage are the periodicals we most often read best equipped to wrap?” wonder the editors at Chicago’s Catholic bimonthly Call to Action News (June 1989). “The Wall Street Journal, we found, is best used for lamb chop bones, bits of parsley, and olive pits from two-martini power lunches. The National Enquirer, […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Leola

After a long and successful career in day care, Ruby L. Oliver made this, her first feature, in her late 40s. Now receiving its world premiere, it’s a remarkable debut: assured, highly focused, surprisingly upbeat considering the number of problems that it addresses without flinching–and conceivably the best low-budget Chicago independent that I’ve seen. Set […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Power of the Press

To the editors: Thanks for Ben Joravsky’s piece (7-14-89) in Neighborhood News about the soon to become de jure friendly, to Tribune Company, confines of their beer sanctuary, Wrigley Field. It’s refreshing to see Tribune Co., as well as their ball team, exposed to some light. Joravsky writes, “But last month the General Assembly (once […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Unfair to Where

To the editors: I have taken offense to the way in which Michael Miner refers to Where Magazine in his story “What’s Going On at Inside Chicago” [Hot Type, July 7]. He states, “Loeser, who had been dying on the vine at a little tourist sheet called Where.” Allow me to tell you why Where […]