Oliver Davis, who owns the Delta Fish Market and also happens to play slide guitar, says he never really intended to become an impresario; he and his buddies simply needed someplace to jam. Back in the late 1970s, Davis had a fish store at Washington and Kedzie, and his friends from the west-side blues scene […]
The Rob and Ricky Sherman Show
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS, LIVE ON STAGE, TOTALLY RUDE Live Bait Theater “Anyone can take her clothes off. But only an artist can stretch the boundaries of your imagination.” These words could be coming from performance artist Karen Finley, whose use of nudity has prompted right-wing attacks on “pornographic” avant-garde art. In Sharon Evans’s terrific new […]
INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL The Square and The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years State Theatre of Lithuania at the Blackstone Theatre It has been said that satire is the shortest-lived theatrical genre, but even more ephemeral is political drama. How many plays have we seen in which the playwright assumes that we and he […]
THE GYPSY PRINCESS Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium June 24 Any music organization that survives its first decade, let alone the era of Reaganomics, deserves a hand. The Evanston-based Light Opera Works has done just that, and even more impressive, it’s thriving. This past season, all of its three productions played to packed houses. […]
Doctor-patient relations aren’t what they used to be. Not even a simple strep throat is simple anymore.
This generation did not live through it, but they carry its burden just the same. They feel that their days on earth have to count in extraordinary ways—that they live not so much for themselves as for their parents, who survived the ultimate evil.
TOTAL ABANDON Kinetic Theatre Company at Avenue Theatre The truism “To know all is to forgive all” is full of wishful liberal thinking, but a play such as Total Abandon restores its power. Larry Atlas’s wrenching script takes us deep inside the despicable crime of infanticide–deeper than we could ever imagine. Director Leon Palles matches […]
Sun-Times: Shaking Up… Since Dennis Britton took over as editor of the Sun-Times last December, the reporters there have been wondering when he’d grab the paper by the neck and shake it. They’ve found him amiable but distant, able but either uninspiring or not yet ready to inspire. But last week, things happened. On Monday, […]
No great crowds are beating a path to the door of the unpretentious Hoang Mai Restaurant on North Sheridan, but the faithful claim that its food and service are unparalleled among Vietnamese establishments. And that is no small achievement, because there’s plenty of competition. The area around Argyle, from Sheridan to Broadway, is a veritable […]
To the editors: Chorus [“Emergency,” March 16]: Let me die at the County and not on the street Let me die at the County Please take me off my feet Let me die at the County I can’t pay my way Let me die at the County When I’m old and gray. I. Ma died […]
WITHOUT YOU I’M NOTHING ** (Worth seeing) Directed by John Boskovich Written by Sandra Bernhard and Boskovich With Sandra Bernhard, John Doe, Steve Antin, Lu Leonard, Ken Foree, and Cynthia Bailey. Once upon a time, before postmodernism came along, art tended to be about reality and the world–not always, to be sure, but more often […]
To the editors: In regard to your article about schools being crowded on the north side, as well as other areas in the city [Neighborhood News, June 8], may I (who would point out that the emperor had no clothes) ask why it takes three years to build a school? I remember that the United […]
To the editors: “Never kick a man when he’s down,” and certainly Bruno Bettelheim is now down. This saying should really not apply to Bettelheim because he got a free ride from the psychoanalytic mafia in this country for over forty years, and now the worm is turning. Those of us who really knew him […]
To the editors: This question of the Chicago University Orthogenic School and its leader in times past, Dr. Bruno Bettelheim, seems to be an issue that won’t go away [Letters, April 6 and 20; May 4, 11, and 2 5; and June 8 and 15]. We even have a graduate “Winston 1984” who insists the […]