Has Gus Savage finally met his match?
Seated in the middle is James Deuter, who’s told the press that the actor on the left is “woefully inadequate” and the actress on the right “doesn’t have a clue.” Going onstage every night must be a drag for all concerned.
To the editors: Flip through Harold Henderson’s “Uncle J.R. Explains It All for You” (February 9), and what do you find? A story about UIC Professor John R. Regalbuto’s search for an “absolute standard” for human conduct in our material universe, yes, certainly, but a story the text of which was printed in eight out […]
Frank Capra’s very atypical drama about an American missionary (Barbara Stanwyck) being taken prisoner by a Chinese warlord (Nils Asther) is not only his masterpiece, but one of the great love stories to come out of Hollywood in the 30s–subtle, delicate, moody, mystical, and passionate. Joseph Walker shot it through filters and with textured shadows […]
THE DUCK VARIATIONS Ignatz Players at Sheffield’s Sometimes it seems as if David Mamet, with his artful meanderings and patented rhythms, has been with us forever. His mark is everywhere. It seems a long, long time ago that characters spoke in full sentences free of expletives. And yet 18 years ago, that dialogue was an […]
To the editors: Yippee for Ben Joravsky and Reader editors. In their Feb. 16 article on Edwin Eisendrath, they show Eisendrath as a strong and ambitious contender for Sidney Yates’ post in Congress–a post which Yates clearly has held for far too long. Joravsky shows Eisendrath as a serious man with powerful feelings for his […]
With his aggressive, love-me grin and oily good looks, Michael Feinstein comes across like the ultimate cocktail-lounge crooner, so the fresh phrasing that makes old standards shine like new is especially impressive; there isn’t a cliched inflection to be heard in Feinstein’s performance. At his best–when he’s singing the best material–he’s a sublime dramatic interpreter. […]
The ladies in the fur coats, the limousines carting the big shots, arrived at about the same time as Ben. Ben, a sculpted horse, arrived in a flatbed truck. In fact, Ben’s installation was the reason they were all there. He’s the final touch in the transformation of Seneca Park from a run-down, little-used patch […]
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at the Civic Opera House You go to nonprofit theater to learn something new. You go to commercial theater to confirm what you already know. One’s about discovery, the other’s about comfort. More or less, anyway. The lines aren’t as clear as they used to be. And they’re getting blurrier all […]
Vineland is at once more political and more hopeful than any of his previous novels. Has the Old Hipster gone soft?
A Report From the North American Hairstyling Awards
If our species has developed anything like a collective conscience, it’s to the extent that we know our past. History doesn’t just measure our growth, we also need to know the crimes we’re capable of. The theater can gild our guilt and still push it home. That’s the impetus behind Ragged Dick, an Immediate Theatre […]
THE PLOT AGAINST HARRY *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Michael Roemer With Martin Priest, Ben Lang, Maxine Woods, Henry Nemo, Jacques Taylor, Jean Leslie, Ellen Herbert, and Sandra Kazan. I hate stars. There’s a part of our culture that devotes itself ceaselessly to producing, promoting, and consuming them, and a lot of people […]
DAVE RICHARDS: NEW WORK at the Compass Rose Gallery Imagine the perplexity you would feel if you found yourself in a room filled with unfamiliar, elaborately designed game boards. Without movable tokens or instructions on the rules of play, the games would seem mysterious, symbolic puzzles in which shapes and colors have a hidden meaning. […]
A New Enterprise? At Chicago Enterprise, a time to worry? Founding editor Alfredo Lanier has moved on. Associate editor Tom Andreoli moved on with him. The new editor of this interesting little magazine doesn’t know as much about economic development as you wish he did. “I’m sure he’ll be a quick study,” says the publisher. […]