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Shylock and Garfinkle

OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY Royal George Theatre Center At first I was offended. Maybe I should still be offended. The setup’s so classically nasty: Small-town rectitude versus big-city decadence. Old-stock work ethic versus immigrant cunning. Straight-backed, foursquare Rhode Island Yankee versus fat, greedy New York Jew. Portia versus Shylock. Oliver Twist versus Fagin. Other People’s Money […]

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American Women Composers–Midwest

All of the compositions on this program sponsored by the midwest chapter of American Women Composers are by women, but that in itself would mean very little if it weren’t for the extraordinary creativity that each of these composers displays. Janice Misurell Mitchell’s Transfusions is a brassy bebop romp emphasizing canon and musical gesture, while […]

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Flat Duo Jets

Flat Duo Jets is the vehicle of one Dexter Romweber, a North Carolina blues boy who’s spent about a third of his 23-year-old life playing with his band. His burst of fame came in the 1986 documentary on the Athens, Georgia, music scene: Athens, GA./Inside-Out. Romweber, a bristling and uncontrollable on-screen presence, nearly ran away […]

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Adolescent Eye

TWIN PEAKS Directed and written by David Lynch, Mark Frost, and others. With Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Piper Laurie, Joan Chen, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, and Richard Beymer. In my opinion, the first problem–the most important problem in our world–is the problem of dissemination, and it’s the conception of this dissemination that may lead to […]

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The Straight Dope

What’s this I hear about “crop circles” being mysteriously flattened in the corn and wheat fields in the English countryside around Stonehenge? I heard that attempts have been made to duplicate these circles without success. What’s the Straight Dope? –Kimberly Moon, Dallas Oh, God, not the alien spaceships again. According to a recent story in […]

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Place de Breteuil

PLACE DE BRETEUIL Chicago Actors Ensemble Alain Gautre’s Place de Breteuil was given its American premiere in 1986 by Minneapolis’s Theatre de la Jeune Lune, a company notorious for its physicality and its unconventional staging and casting. The French author, a friend of the company, has performed as a clown, and this experience is evident […]

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The City File

Why recycling the stuff is not enough: Harper’s “Index” (March 1990) reminds us that five of the six leading hazardous wastes are chemicals used to make plastics. Challenge: can you find another one in the six-county area? Sullivan Foods in northwest suburban McHenry won the “Theta” environmental award from the McHenry County Defenders (Environmental News, […]

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McKee’s Trolley

If you like to ride in cars that move on rails as much as we do, you’re probably excited about the trolley system that Mayor Daley wants to build in downtown Chicago. Construction wouldn’t begin until 1993, and some crucial things must happen first. More detailed engineering and design studies still have to be made, […]

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The Real Presence

Part of the brilliance of Raul Ruiz rests in his capacity to take on routine documentary assignments for French television and turn them into mind-bending fictions. That’s what happened with this provocative hour-long 1984 film about an actor at the 1983 Avignon Theater Festival; it ingeniously balances reporting on an actual event with Ruizian yarn […]

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Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Thanks largely to the efforts of CSO composer in residence John Corigliano, the annual New Music Chicago spring festival features a concert of new orchestral scores for the first time. The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in recent years (again, thanks largely to Corigliano) has taken a committed […]

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Who’s Getting Tired?

BARBARA KRUGER at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery Being a world-renowned artist can have its dangers. You might get so used to that glorious view from the top of the heap that you stop taking chances. Barbara Kruger’s latest show looks like a replay of the kind of work that first won her major notoriety in […]