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The Odyssey

THE ODYSSEY Lookingglass Theatre Company at Chicago Filmmakers He knew how to say many false things that were like true sayings.–Homer, in The Odyssey Is it a sign of the times, or just coincidence, that in the past three months I’ve seen two stage versions of The Odyssey that suggested the story was mostly a […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story An entrepreneur in Washington, D.C., told a reporter recently that he wanted to open a dolphin “swim and hug” venture at a local waterfront hotel where customers would pay to frolic with the dolphins. Animal-rights advocates have been critical of such ventures as exploitative, but the entrepreneur said he would hire a psychic […]

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Feast of Illusions

FEAST OF ILLUSIONS Playwrights’ Center The most treacherous motto playwrights can adopt is in vino veritas. Yeah, they cry, that’s it, get the characters drunk so they have to tell the truth. . . But in real life, Edward Albee notwithstanding, it ain’t necessarily so. People may spill a lot of stuff when they’re stinko, […]

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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 […]