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The Fancy Man

THE FANCY MAN Walker Productions Can’t someone adapt D.H. Lawrence for the stage so that we can stop getting cheap imitations? Why are plays about working-class Brits so popular this year? Why are so many plays based on less than informative news stories? And why does director Peter Forster seem obsessed with fatal attractions? Thoughts […]

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Recognizing Our Own

THE MUSIC OF GEORGE PERLE at the DePaul University Concert Hall June 1 ARLEEN AUGER AND NED ROREM at Orchestra Hall June 3 George Perle is probably the most significant composer ever to come out of Chicago. More important composers may have lived or worked here–Prokofiev even lived in Chicago for a time–but Perle developed […]

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Modern Tap

DANCING, CHICAGO STYLE Alexander Michaels/Future Movement at Northeastern Illinois University May 31 and June 1 Lane Alexander and Kelly Michaels had an idea: to combine tap and modern dance in their choreography. They formed a dance company–Alexander Michaels/Future Movement, or am/FM–to showcase their works. But because the two forms have traditionally varied in both audience […]

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Ghost of a Show

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Auditorium Theatre Near the end of act one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, a man is killed. His garroted corpse, hung from a long rope, drops down into the middle of a performance at the Paris Opera. After an interval, during which the romantic hero and […]

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Hitcher

Before I could say a word, she opened the car door and got inside. “Please help me.” It was 3:43 in the morning on pitch-black Kimball Avenue, and she had stepped out in front of the one working streetlight, dressed all in white, and waved. Just as Roger Hodgson was singing, “That is not the […]

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Pictures in the Hall

PICTURES IN THE HALL Halsted Theatre Centre Whenever she wasn’t standing in front of the piano, singing one of the 17 songs that make up Pictures in the Hall, Maureen Silliman would sit alongside it, apparently rapt, watching her partner perform. This is normal stage etiquette, of course: don’t just sit there–give focus. But when […]

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The rural rock of the Silos

Silos leaders Walter Salas-Humara and Bob Rupe closed their recent show at Cabaret Metro with a strange cover–a thumping, cheerfully undifferentiated take on “One After 909,” the very early (1963) Lennon-McCartney composition the Beatles disinterred for Let It Be. A lot of what the Silos are about these days is the Salas-Humara-Rupe partnership: their rhythm […]

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The Art of Dying

As she plummeted toward the Wisconsin countryside below, JorJan Borlin tried desperately to straighten out her parachute. The lines had tangled, creating what is known as a “Mae West” effect, the chute ballooning out between them. It was only her second jump and the ground was coming up on her much too fast for her […]

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More on Headlights

To the editors: By now millions of true geniuses must have let Cecil Adams know the real reason one turns off the car lights [March 2]. Because if they turned off automatically they would turn on automatically. And everyone would drive all day with their lights on. Or–there would be a turn-off switch for days […]

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Wholesale Memories

TOTAL RECALL *** (A must-see) Directed by Paul Verhoeven Written by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povill, and Gary Goldman With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside, Mel Johnson Jr., and Marshall Bell. The most influential SF movies of the past two decades are still very much with us, not only […]

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Quit Complaining

To the editors: About twenty years ago, while I was the principal of a south side elementary school, I was talking to an important black administrator who had a much bigger job than I had. “You know,” I said, “lead poisoning could be greatly cut down or even eliminated very quickly. Babies eat the chips […]