Jeffrey Lewis, musical director of Wisdom Bridge Theatre’s forthcoming Great Gatsby, would like to chat about his budget, but he’s too damn busy!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Did Playboy really need a costly national survey to measure the pulse of the 1990s male? Doesn’t the magazine’s success prove that male pulses behave pretty much the way they always have?
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 […]
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 […]
A SHAYNA MAIDEL Circle Theatre at the Synergy Center WHATEVER HAPPENED TO B.B. JANE? Circle Theatre at the Synergy Center Surely it’s coincidence that the Circle Theatre company of Forest Park has chosen these two plays to showcase its work to Chicago audiences. The two scripts both deal with sisterly devotion and alienation. But one […]
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 […]
Q & A: The 46th Ward Alderman Answers Her Critics
Powerful Talent “My feeling,” said John Fink, who has just published an intriguing first novel about a family in high distress, “is that as you age, the mystery of the family you grew up in remains.” Obviously that’s so. Adults finally begin to figure out their parents a day or two before they understand themselves. […]
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 […]
Meditations on the Suburban Dream
“If at an incurable distance from participation, hopelessly incapable of reactions adequate to the event, we watch men killing each other, we may be . . . profoundly degrading ourselves.” So wrote James Agee in 1944, reviewing grisly newsreels of the Allies invading Iwo Jima. It’s like viewing pornography, he proposed. Perhaps “we have no […]
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 […]