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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have played as a trio for almost a decade and a half–they first got together for Jimmy Carter’s inauguration–and, to their credit, the partnership has remained as fresh as ever. Their longevity as a sought-after chamber team can also be attributed to the kind of […]

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Blind Hearts

BLIND HEARTS Oasis Theatre at Victory Gardens Studio Theater Oasis Theatre’s production of Blind Hearts hasn’t quite found its feet. This romantic comedy by Joel Johnson is by turns satirical, sentimental, and realistic–and unfortunately these different approaches don’t enhance one another, don’t create a fuller sense of reality than one approach alone would have. Instead […]

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One and Another, Part One

ONE AND ANOTHER, PART ONE Blind Parrot Productions As it is proud of pointing out in its press material, Blind Parrot Productions has made a point in its eight years of existence of boldly producing works most theaters would be afraid to–plays by writers such as Len Jenkin, Howard Brenton, and Maria Irene Fornes that […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In December, police in Vienna, Austria, confiscated the driver’s license of soldier Gregor Hajek, 29, for drunk driving as he was on his way to his girlfriend’s house. Police then drove him back to his barracks 35 miles away. Several hours later, Hajek confiscated an M-60 tank, crashed through the army base gates, […]

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Pop Goes the Art World

HIGH AND LOW: MODERN ART AND POPULAR CULTURE at the Art Institute of Chicago Traveling exhibitions mounted by museums present certain problems for the critic. Ideally one should attend any cultural event without preconceptions, but traveling exhibits typically breeze into town with a fair amount of critical baggage in tow. And usually it’s difficult baggage […]

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Rancho Obscuro

RANCHO OBSCURO Cardiff Giant at Strawdog Theatre Watching Cardiff Giant’s Rancho Obscuro was puzzling. I couldn’t understand how the same people who presented such intelligent and entertaining characterizations could fail to realize that they had neglected to write a play. The performers (who wrote Rancho Obscuro with their director) are very good. They’re innovative. They’re […]

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Warrington Colescott

WARRINGTON COLESCOTT at Perimeter Gallery Warrington Colescott is a California-based printmaker with a long and distinguished career. His current show of large watercolors and etchings at Perimeter Gallery displays a confident dexterity that only time and diligence can give an artist. But it’s Colescott’s subject matter that draws us in by greasing our mental gears. […]

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Ross Lehman

Some of the best performances I’ve seen in Chicago theater during the past five years–the most nuanced, the most focused, the most subtly expressive, the funniest and most touching–have come from Ross Lehman. In roles ranging from a sexual revolutionary headed for a breakdown in Next Theatre’s The Normal Heart to an old Roman slave […]

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Gay Candidates

To the editors: Shame on you! I expected far better from the Reader and a writer the caliber of Ben Joravsky. In his “Aldermania” article [February 22] Mr. Joravsky claims that “Ron Sable (is), as far as anyone knows, the first openly gay aldermanic candidate.” Well, I can think of two others who preceded Dr. […]

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Lend Me a Tenor/Breaking Legs

LEND ME A TENOR at the Royal George Theatre Center BREAKING LEGS at Candlelight’s Forum Theatre “Something you have to understand about Italians,” says hot-blooded Angie Graziano to lukewarm Terry O’Keefe in Tom Dulack’s play Breaking Legs. “It’s always very dramatic.” Indeed, that fabled Italian tempestuousness has always been a reliable source of amusement, particularly […]