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The Perfect Party

THE PERFECT PARTY Actors Repertory Theatre at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop One of the more disgusting developments of the 80s has been the return, with a vengeance, of society-page journalism–all those long, dull lists of which celebrities went to this, that, or the other black-tie party or charity ball. Worse still is the way these […]

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The No-Problem Playwright

To the editors: What is accomplished when a theatre critic begins a review by declaring that the author’s plays are impossible to stage? One thing it does is to render moot any further discussion of this or that production. That notwithstanding, on a literal level, nothing could be simpler to stage than a Beckett play, […]

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Field & Street

Common terns fly as buoyantly as butterflies. Their bodies rise noticeably with each beat of their wings. Hundreds of them have been passing along the lakefront over the past couple of weeks, heading south to Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. Some will reach the Strait of Magellan. The common is one of four species of terns […]

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Bombay Pete

BOMBAY PETE at the Black Tulip The program describes Bombay Pete as a “light-hearted musical romp through the Brazilian jungle,” and I can think of no more fitting word for this show than “romp.” Originally written by June Pyskacek and Tony Zito in 1979, it was never produced. Now, in the quiet and elegant ambience […]

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Incendiary Vaudeville

METHUSALEM New Crime Productions at Edge of the Lookingglass Though far (far) from orderly, Methusalem’s pretty neat. Written by “Ivan Goll,” a pseudonymous Marxist Jew from Alsace, and first performed in Berlin during the revolutionary chaos of the Weimar era, the play’s an incendiary vaudeville: a comic attack–at once scattershot and analytically precise–on the indestructible […]

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Bridge Stories

“This reminds me of a story,” said Dorothy Truscott. “There were these two bridge players, and you know what these bridge players do all the time–they sit around and talk about how bad their wives are at bridge.” Truscott, a friendly, birdlike woman known both for being a former U.S. women’s bridge champ and, ironically […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

The fifth annual Chicago Latino Film Festival includes 40 films, practically all of them subtitled, from Latin America, Spain, and the U.S. (some of which are independent works from Chicago). Film screenings will be held at the Three Penny Cinema, 2424 N. Lincoln, and at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton (except for opening night, […]

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The Orinthologists

THE ORNITHOLOGISTS Live Bait Theatrical Company There’s a Gospel parable about a farmer who scatters seeds. Some of the seeds get eaten by birds, some fall on inhospitable earth, and some fall on good earth and grow into a crop of one sort or another. Now let’s give the parable a new ending. That autumn […]

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Jimmy Rogers

If there were justice in the world, Jimmy Rogers would be as famous as Muddy Waters. They were compatriots in those thrilling days of the early 1950s, when the primal sounds of Delta blues became transformed into a modern urban folk music in the clubs and on the street corners of Chicago’s south and west […]