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Dysan

DYSAN Actors Repertory Theatre at Victory Gardens Studio Theater You could bust your brain trying to figure out Dysan, and even if you succeeded there’d be no way to prove you’d done it. Obscure and ingrown, this overwritten, underplotted sci-fi puzzler by Patrick Meyers (author of the equally talky but penetrable K-2) only gets cloudier […]

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Souma’s Place

Souma is perched on the edge of a giant blue Dumpster, smashing away at a huge mound of clear glass bottles. He uses a silver-headed hammer with a thin handle–it’s at least five feet long–and each time he brings it down there is a sound of glass shattering, of endless numbers of bottles shifting and […]

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What’s the Right Thing?

FOUR ADVENTURES OF REINETTE AND MIRABELLE Directed and written by Eric Rohmer With Joelle Miquel, Jessica Forde, Philippe Laudenbach, and Fabrice Luchini. Too much talk ruins a feature film, goes the standard wisdom. But how much dialogue is too much? is Eric Rohmer’s mocking question throughout his daringly garrulous “Moral Tales” and more recent “Comedies […]

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Weapons of the Spirit

Pierre Sauvage’s fascinating personal documentary about the remarkable French town of Le Chambon, only 20 miles from Vichy, where the 5,000 inhabitants, most of them devout Protestants, managed to shelter 5,000 Jews during the Nazi occupation. Whatever one’s misgivings about the ultraconventional form of this documentary and the excessive use of music–which tends to register […]

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The Girls of Their Dreams

THE GIRLS OF THEIR DREAMS Mom and Dad Productions at Preston Bradley Center The Girls of Their Dreams is a primitive effort. It consists of two one-act plays, August Strindberg’s brief curtain raiser, The Stronger, and a surreal romp by Tom Eyen called The White Whore and the Bit Player. The plays are being performed […]

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The Straight Dope

I trust you can settle a matter that threatens to create a vast rift between my love and I. What is the absolute, unequivocal straight dope on astrology? My girl maintains that while horoscopes in newspapers may be rubbish, astrology as a whole is not. She believes that a person’s traits are dictated by their […]

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The Tribune’s AIDS Opus; Sons Shines in San Francisco

The Tribune’s AIDS Opus A voice is ringing in our ears. It’s not John Crewdson’s voice, unfortunately; Crewdson isn’t giving interviews. But the day after the Tribune published his “Great AIDS Quest,” the paper’s latest exercise in conspicuous presumption, a Sun-Times reporter called, and he was furious. Fifty thousand words of rehashed history that no […]

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The City File

Seen any tire fires lately? Turn them in to the Illinois EPA–which says it’s getting tough on such polluters–at the agency’s Maywood number, 708-345-9780. If a big oil or chemical spill hit the city’s Lake Michigan water intakes, says a Lake Michigan Federation spokesperson, “we would have to rely on very expensive carbon treatment and/or […]

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Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lanois and his brother Bob were running a small but effective studio in Hamilton, Ontario (at the far west end of Like Ontario), when they ran into Brian Eno in the late 1970s. Much of Eno’s Ambient-period sound experiments came out of the Lanois brothers’ studio, and Daniel became Eno’s protege. The pair coproduced […]

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Field & Street

Our winter woods are usually as still as death. The trees are bare; the ground is blanketed with dead leaves or snow; the dominant colors are gray, black, and white. The silence is broken only by the moaning of the wind through naked branches. And then you hear the chickadees. Their buzzing chicka-dee-dee-dee call announces […]

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News of the Smug

To the editors: The 11/24 letter from Rita E. Bell (“News of the Disgusting”) inspired me to take a look at the 11/24 “News of the Weird” column. My favorite item was this: “Jesse Aguilar, 42, coach of a Little League team and allegedly obsessed with his star pitcher, a 16-year-old girl, shot himself to […]