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Once Five Years Pass

ONCE FIVE YEARS PASS Latino Chicago Theater Company It was gratifying to learn that Federico Garcia Lorca, the author of Once Five Years Pass, was shot dead while working on the play’s final draft. He was not killed for writing the play–unfortunately. But at least he got what he deserved. Well, maybe that’s a bit […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Dee Dee Jonrowe, leading the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in January in northern Minnesota, took a wrong turn and went 300 yards before recognizing her error. The error cost her only a few minutes, but she had to stop to calculate where she was, and by the time she was ready to turn […]

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The Office Weirdo

DIARY OF A MADMAN Prop Theatre Nikolay Gogol is best known in the theater for his comedy The Inspector General, which so bitterly satirized Russia’s corrupt autocracy that after the play’s controversial opening Gogol fled into exile rather than face the wrath of the authorities. But Gogol also wrote a handful of darkly comic short […]

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The Straight Dope

Why are rainbows always curved? –David, San Francisco Because rainbows occur at the intersection of a cloud of water droplets and your cone of vision. Kinda takes the poetry out of it, I guess, but inspect any thing of beauty up close and you’re sure to see the panty lines. We’re used to thinking of […]

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The Five Heartbeats

Four years after his hilarious satire (Hollywood Shuffle), writer-director-actor Robert Townsend returns with an impossibly ambitious movie about an African American R & B singing group (Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry J. Lennix, and Tico Wells) between 1965 and the present, scripted with Keenen Ivory Wayans (I’m Gonna Git You Sucka). The results are a […]

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Heinz Holliger

If we drew up a list of the best oboists in the world, the Swiss-born Heinz Holliger would unquestionably be on it. Not only is he a master of lightness and brilliance–a specialist of the French tradition of delicacy and refinement–he’s also an experimenter, creating effects like chords, double trills, and glissandi and making them […]

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona/Macbeth

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA Center Theater MACBETH Talisman Theatre Spinoza called ambition a “species of madness.” In his early comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona and his late tragedy Macbeth, William Shakespeare dramatized the maddening effects of ambition upon two men who suddenly become discontented with the satisfactory circumstances of their lives. Both plays […]

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Out on a Limb

HUBBARD STREET DANCE COMPANY at the Civic Center for Performing Arts March 20, 22, and 23 Mistakes make us nervous–the actor forgetting his lines, the musician hitting a false note, the dancer falling down. Perhaps watching a mistake onstage recalls our own performance anxiety. Then there’s the problem of how to react. Is a performance […]