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Double Every Minute

DOUBLE EVERY MINUTE Stage Left Theatre The scope of Stage Left’s Double Every Minute, a marathon double bill of four unabashedly political one-act plays, is broad, even exhaustive. The plays examine the zealous idealism of young revolutionaries, the pathetic self-centeredness of young liberals, the seemingly unattainable goal of self-determination in contemporary Poland, and the dehumanizing […]

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The Comedy of Money

Even this minor film from Max Ophuls has so much energy it makes the major work of figures like Spielberg and De Palma shrink to virtual nothingness. Ophuls was effectively imported to the Netherlands to make this 1936 feature to help beef up the lackluster Dutch film industry. Based on an original Ophuls story (and […]

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Jan Erkert & Dancers

JAN ERKERT & DANCERS at the Dance Center of Columbia College April 18-20 It’s either feast or famine for dance fans in Chicago. Last weekend was a case in point, offering performances by such diverse troupes as the Joffrey Ballet, Jan Erkert & Dancers, and the Sock Monkeys. The Joffrey was the obvious choice for […]

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Wall of Sound

MORTAL THOUGHTS ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Alan Rudolph Written by William Reilly and Claude Kerven With Demi Moore, Glenne Headly, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, John Pankow, and Billie Neal. For all his talent and sophistication, Alan Rudolph has frequently shown a romantic slant toward the working class that borders on stylistic gentrification. Even in […]

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1991 Off Off Loop Theater Festival

Eighteen theater companies are presented in six different programs of two to four plays each, organized along loose thematic lines by producer Doug Bragan and associate producer Judith Easton. That’s two more companies and two more programs than last year, when Bragan first stepped in to revive this non-Equity showcase founded and then discontinued by […]

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Sex, Death, Tomatoes

JEANNE DUNNING at Feigen, Inc. The look of Jeanne Dunning’s current show of Cibachrome photos is tres chic: visually simple, often dramatically lit images of body parts and peeled tomatoes presented in sleek, no-fuss frames. But unlike so much recent postmodern art, with its sterile mind games, Dunning’s current photos stir up a variety of […]

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Mwata Bowden & Sound Spectrum

Mwata Bowden tends to get overlooked when the discussion turns to modern masters of the A.A.C.M. (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians); perhaps it’s because of his quiet demeanor and unprepossessing approach to performance. But don’t be fooled: beneath that surface lies one lionhearted woodwinds player. Often concentrating on rhythmic elements in his own […]

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Earl, Ollie, Austin & Ralph

EARL, OLLIE, AUSTIN & RALPH Bailiwick Repertory Playwright Glenn Rawls is politically incorrect and doesn’t give a damn. The characters in his comedy Earl, Ollie, Austin & Ralph don’t like the word “gay”; they’re more comfortable with “homosexual,” “that way,” or maybe “queer” for shock effect when they’re describing themselves. They’re not particularly inclined to […]

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The Sports Section

It’s funny how people grow up to look like whatever their names are. All babies are unique, of course (uniquely ugly, I would say), but once they’re grown Bills usually look like Bills and Keiths like Keiths and Bettys like Bettys, and so on. So it is that we heartily endorse the Bill Veeck Stadium […]

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Tintypes

TINTYPES Set Gourmet Theatre Few shows work like a charm. They may labor like a plowhorse, or calculate like a slide rule–but they seldom have the flair of Tintypes. The charm worked in the Apollo Theater’s local premiere of this turn-of-the-century songfest, and it works again in Steve Scott’s affectionate, intimate revival at the Set […]