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Thelma & Louise

A coffee shop waitress (Susan Sarandon) and a beleaguered housewife (Geena Davis) in the southern sticks take off for a weekend holiday and eventually find themselves fleeing from the law and society in a buoyant and satisfying feminist road movie directed by Ridley Scott from a script by Callie Khouri. Scott, who usually offers a […]

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Twelfth Night

TWELFTH NIGHT Intimate Theatre at the Swedish American Museum Center Next to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night is probably the Shakespeare comedy most often essayed by young theater practitioners harboring fond memories of their workshop training. In his notes, director Dan Wirth claims other reasons for choosing Twelfth Night; he cites thematic parallels between […]

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Family Dynamics

FLUID MEASURE PERFORMANCE COMPANY at Puszh Studios May 17-19 A psychologists’ maxim says that a healthy family is mortal: when the time comes for it to break up or change–when the children are grown, for instance–a healthy family adapts. An unhealthy family tries to be immortal: attempting to solve their problems, its members lock each […]

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Henry Townsend

Veteran pianist Henry Townsend is known among aficionados as an accomplished purveyor of the sparse, expressive Saint Louis keyboard style that developed in the 1920s and ’30s. Townsend achieves profound musical and emotional depth through uncluttered phrases and an unerring instinct for playing the right notes–and only the right notes–at the right time. But there’s […]

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA Footsteps Theatre Company Sometimes it takes centuries to turn the tables. The Two Gentlemen of Verona was first performed 400 years ago by Lord Strange’s Men–and indeed the cast was made up entirely of men. Of course at that time actresses were forbidden from the boards; boys played women’s parts. […]

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Truly Madly Deeply

An English feature written and directed by playwright Anthony Minghella, about a young woman (Juliet Stevenson) stricken by the death of her cellist lover (Alan Rickman) who appears to be revisited by his ghost. This comes across as an English realist variation on the sort of quasi-supernatural stories that producer Val Lewton specialized in during […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Johnny Harrington, 29, was arrested in Thida, Arkansas, in April and charged with abusing a corpse after he and eight friends had a late-night party at which his mother’s body, in the casket, was on display with a beer in one hand and cigarette in the other (as he said she would have […]

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Hi-Hat Hattie!

HI-HAT HATTIE! Body Politic Theatre She was the first black person to win an Oscar. Hell, she was probably the first black person to attend an Oscar ceremony–except for the food servers, of course. With that and other accomplishments, Hattie McDaniel won a special place in the history of her race and her country. As […]

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High Attitude

TRUTH OR DARE *** (A must-see) Directed by Alek Keshishian With Madonna. DICE RULES * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Jay Dubin Written by Andrew Dice Clay and Lenny Shulman With Andrew Dice Clay. “I know I’m not the best singer or the best dancer. I’m interested in pushing other people’s buttons.” –Madonna in Truth […]

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Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged by Mike Royko/Quayle by Comparison

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged by Mike Royko It’s obvious that Virginia Martinez doesn’t know the first thing about journalism. The first thing to know about journalism is that you keep both hands above the table. Last February Martinez, the Sun-Times’s weekly columnist “on issues of social responsibility,” didn’t. Touting Ambrosio Medrano for alderman […]

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Majestic Malevolence

THE VISIT Goodman Theatre THE BLACK TULIP Center Theater “I’ll even attack you or eat you whole / Down in the dark my bone mills roll / Porridge for my porridge bowl.” –from “The Minotaur’s Song” by Robin Williamson of the Incredible String Band There was an article in Spy magazine some time back in […]

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Samples Available

To the editors: I can only compliment Grant Pick (April 26) on his thorough research and fairness in presenting the Nu Skin story. Upon first hearing about the article, I found myself hoping that a proper introduction to the products was made. And this was done beautifully. Repeatedly, as a Nu Skin Distributor, I am […]

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Dear Holmey

DEAR HOLMEY Yakity Yak Productions at the Theatre Building The Theatre Building has three performing spaces available to anyone who can afford the rent. This has been a great blessing to the Chicago theater community, providing a home for many fine shows that might never have opened otherwise. Unfortunately, its existence also enables vanity productions […]