Sun-Times Picks a Critic The Sun-Times introduced a new TV critic this week after an interminable search. The old critic, Dan Ruth, had let ambition get the better of him. Last fall, he and Marilynn Preston (a former Tribune TV critic) announced that they were going to launch a show that critiqued television the same […]
LA VACHE QUI RIT Gonnie Heggen and Frans Poelstra at Randolph Street Gallery February 1 and 2 At a time when many theaters in town produce unvaried seasons, riding the tiger of subscription audiences, Randolph Street Gallery survives and thrives on defying its audience’s expectations. Two weeks ago it presented a double bill of mysterious, […]
This is a state of all middle and no edges. The terrain offers few vantage points from which to get one’s bearings.
“The sound of laughter to me is better than sex,” performer Marcia Wilke says, laughing herself. “I’ve been working on the road as a stand-up comedian for about a year now, and I really enjoy it. But the problem I have with it is that you really don’t get to make a statement or say […]
JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE Goodman Theatre You don’t just watch Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. You come through it. Like Oedipus Rex and Macbeth, like The Iceman Cometh and Endgame, August Wilson’s transcendent play isn’t a narrative so much as a ritual. A cleansing ceremony. A baptism. A way to die and be reborn. […]
I’m not much of a James Ivory fan, but this adaptation of Evan S. Connell’s novels Mrs. Bridge (1959) and Mr. Bridge (1969) deserves to be seen and cherished for at least a couple of reasons: first for Joanne Woodward’s exquisitely multilayered and nuanced performance as India Bridge, a frustrated, well-to-do WASP Kansas City housewife […]
RICHARD’S CORK LEG Theatre of the Reconstruction Toward the end of Richard’s Cork Leg, Brendan Behan’s last play, a wounded revolutionary, a pair of prostitutes, and “a coloured gentleman,” the manager of the Dublin branch of Fair Lawn cemetery, sit boozing in the home of a lady named Mallarkey, as her daughter, Deirdre, plays an […]
Want proof that the Daley administration is tough on crime? They’ve banned Sandy Mangen’s gangster-themed dinner club from the city’s tourist-brochure racks.
To the editors: Until I read Mike McGrath’s ideological temper tantrum masquerading as a review of Ronald Reagan’s autobiography [January 18], I’d forgotten that the Reader is: a) the official newsletter of the Loony Left, and b) the only publication in the United States staffed entirely by zombies. Is “Mike McGrath” by any chance a […]
To the editors: I would like to thank Bill Wyman for what I found to be a very balanced and realistic account of what happened after the Public Enemy show at the Aragon (January 18). There is a point made in the article about what happened to the picture IDs of the women that I […]
EMERALD CITY Zebra Crossing Theatre at Chicago Dramatists Workshop How is it that insipid scripts can become compelling–all right, bearable–on television and yet provide the most dreadful experiences in the theater? Does it have to do with our contrasting expectations of these media–that television, with its limited intellectual claims, will hypnotize us with technical gadgetry, […]
To the editors: In your coverage of the third airport in Chicago [January 4], there is one element missing, in my opinion. If we locate one down there in the Calumet area, will anyone use it? Four out of five people who leave Chicago by air do so on business. Also, about four out of […]
I decided to go in search of the gyrfalcons last Friday. I wrote a column about them in January. Two of them have been hanging around the cooling lake at Commonwealth Edison’s LaSalle nuclear power station since Christmas. The obvious attraction is the waterfowl that spend the winter on the lake. Gyrfalcons are a big […]
Joe Martin, Creator of Mr. Boffo, Porterfield, et al: “To do comics like I do, you can’t have a regular life.”