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Mother and Child

It’s Tuesday going on Wednesday, and a woman in a sweatshirt is standing holding a baby in the fog on Kedzie near Fullerton. I’m driving home from Cub Foods following a stop at a tavern with a friend. I watch her while waiting at the stoplight. She watches me. This isn’t a war zone–the boulevard […]

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Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.

LOVE, SEX, AND THE I.R.S. A Company of Faces at the Calo Theatre Jon and Kate are engaged to be married in two weeks. Kate, however, has been having an affair (but without sex–that’s for after marriage) with Jon’s roommate and best friend, Leslie. Since Jon had a reputation back in college for violently jealous […]

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ISO and the Bobs

ISO AND THE BOBS at the Civic Theatre February 20-24 Watching ISO dance is like watching classic Saturday-morning cartoons: no intellectual pretensions, no political agenda, no tugging on the heartstrings; just entertaining high jinks and slapstick taking whack after powerful whack at your funny bone. Actually, watching ISO is more fun: they’re real, not celluloid, […]

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Look at Me

LOOK AT ME Majik Theatrical Company at the Apollo Theater Center The press release for Look at Me, a one-woman show featuring cabaret performer Cissy Conner, boasts that Conner’s character “says all the things people have thought but never voiced.” I beg to differ. Serena Ann McCall mouths every inanity and stereotype about life and […]

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Johann! Johann!

JOHAN! JOHAN! Chicago Medieval Players at the Fine Arts Building If some things never change, maybe it’s because we like them the way they are. It hardly matters that Johan! Johan! is almost half a millennium old–the libidinal urges it celebrates are timeless. The heroine, Tib, a bored and randy London housewife, is as ancient […]

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Love

This 1927 silent vehicle for Greta Garbo, which costars John Gilbert, doesn’t make too much sense as an adaptation of Anna Karenina, Tolstoy’s great novel about adultery. At least half of the plot–everything involving the character Levin–is pared away in Frances Marion and Lorna Moon’s script, and the direction, by Edmund Goulding, is more serviceable […]

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Politics Kills

To the editors: A recent issue of the Reader featured Danny Davis [February 8]. The most interesting fact in the article was what Mr. Davis had hanging on his office wall–pictures of Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X; both advocated violence whereas Dr. King did not. Who accomplished more for the poor blacks and other minorities? […]

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Brilliant Traces

BRILLIANT TRACES Griffin Theatre Maria Irene Fornes uses a remarkably simple technique to create her beguiling plays. She visualizes a character in extreme detail until this creature of the imagination is as vivid to her as a real person. Fornes then plucks a sentence at random from a novel and uses it as the character’s […]

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Hip Sensitivity

To the editors: Bill Stamets shows us his hip “sensitivity” in his review (“Art Facts: SisterSerpents’ War Against Dickheads,” February 22) of the new SisterSerpents show, but his approach and the Reader’s attitude raise questions in my mind. Why does the article focus on the pieces that include representations of male genitalia? Based only on […]

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The Mellow Fellows–Street Party

STREET PARTY The Mellow Fellows Alligator AL-4793 Ever since Larry “Big Twist” Nolan brought his tough-sounding blues/R & B aggregation the Mellow Fellows to Chicago from the Carbondale area in the late 1970s, listeners have both praised and criticized the band for the same thing–their well-oiled predictability. For generations of former Southern Illinois University students […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Mimi Sunn, 67, manager until last February of the Fanny Farmer candy store in the New Rochelle (New York) Mall, filed a $10 million lawsuit against the company this February for illnesses and psychiatric problems she is now enduring. Last February Fanny Farmer investigators, concerned about ice cream pilferage in Sunn’s store, came […]