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The Bacchae

THE BACCHAE Argyle Gargoyle Productions at Blue Rider Theatre “Is he decently put back together?” asks Agave, queen mother of Thebes, as she averts her eyes from the mangled corpse in front of her. The body is that of her son, slaughtered by her and her female companions in a mad hunting ritual–a body ripped […]

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On Stage: busted dreams of gay utopia

Rick Paul remembers exactly where and when he conceived of Lionheart Gay Theatre, Chicago’s longest-surviving company devoted to lesbian and gay plays. “It started on the train to the 1979 March on Washington,” which drew some 175,000 gay-rights supporters to the nation’s capital, the director-designer-playwright recalls. “I was sitting with an actor and playwright I […]

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The Shadow Box

THE SHADOW BOX Acme Arts Company and Hobo Theatre at Big Game Theatre With the Middle East conflict wreaking its toll, the agony of thousands threatens to overwhelm the trauma of any one death. Even so, that end-of-the-world panic remains–“Not me!” It’s any individual’s astonished response to an abstraction that becomes concrete faster than the […]

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Mamet Lite

AMERICAN BUFFALO Remains Theatre The would-be cat burglar called Teach spends a good deal of his time looking for his hat in David Mamet’s 1975 breakthrough play, American Buffalo. He never finds it, though. When finally he has to go out in the rain, late in the play, he takes a piece of newspaper and […]

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Lottie Da

Lottie Da says every woman’s fantasy is to be either a nun or a slut. “I always wanted to be a prostitute. That was my fantasy life. But I never was–because I didn’t need to be,” she concludes. Da’s philosophy about womanhood is more well-thought-out than it sounds. She has spent a lifetime studying “bad” […]

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Opening Night

We watch the war begin on television. The networks’ scrambling first minutes of awareness give us a sense of helpless despair. Their disorder makes unfolding events seem runaway and the world a place out of control. Brooding, my companion and I decide to go out. We take to the streets in the dazed manner of […]

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Chubby Carrier

Accordionist Roy “Chubby” Carrier is another zealous disciple of Louisiana’s immortal zydeco king, the late Clifton Chenier. Like many other modern zydeco artists, Carrier has fused his music’s rural roots with the cadences and energy of contemporary pop. The resulting blend might grate on those who prefer traditionalists like the Ardoin family, but for crowd-pleasing […]

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Marilyn and Marc

MARILYN AND MARC Shoeless Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Studio Theater Maybe it’s just me, but lately it seems like young writers have this eerily unanimous skill at writing Woody Allen shtick. You want nebbishes? They all do great nebbishes. Loopy sexual self-deprecation? In their sleep. Cutely psychotic Jewish relations? Hey, they’re on sale this […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Jeremy Lynch, a photography student at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, claimed in November that Lake Ontario is so polluted with mercury and iron that he has been able to develop photographs using lake water captured around factories without adding any chemicals. A Toronto pollution control official said he did not dispute Lynch’s […]