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Monster in a Box

Spalding Gray is charming and cruel. He doesn’t look charming and cruel; charming and cruel is tall and handsome and strong, in the Bronze Aryan manner of a Calvin Klein model. With his smallish build, his surprised eyebrows, and those plaid back-to-school shirts he seems to want to turn into a trademark, Gray evokes something […]

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The Adored and the Adorned

THE ADORED AND THE ADORNED Bailiwick Repertory Do sex and politics ever mix? For millions of gays and lesbians this is not an academic question. Sometimes it seems as if no mere “orientation” can ever bind gays and lesbians together. They’re a sexual minority defined not by choice but by biology that cuts across sexes, […]

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Kimbrough’s limbo: a high school for the handicapped is lost on the List

Parents and teachers at Wilson Occupational High School had begged central office officials for almost two years to buy them a new building–their current quarters were the third floor of a northwest-side grade school. Earlier this year they got their wish: a building was purchased, architectural plans were made, and funding was secured from various […]

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The Lisbon Traviata

THE LISBON TRAVIATA Bailiwick Repertory Being rejected by a lover is painful for anyone. But for a middle-aged male homosexual living in the age of AIDS, rejection is more than humiliation and hurt–it carries the threat of lifelong loneliness and celibacy, alleviated only by extremely risky sexual encounters. This threat is chilling, and the emotions […]

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Jim Cooper Quartet

With his debut album just hitting the racks and two decades of jazz dues all paid up, vibist Jim Cooper is on the verge of establishing himself among Chicago’s jazz perennials. His unquestioned control of the mainstream idiom has made him a valued sideman in a variety of contexts; when he leads his own groups, […]

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Scorched Earth

SCORCHED EARTH Victory Gardens Toward the end of John Logan’s new one-act drama Scorched Earth, a man named Gerry discusses the military policy that gives the play its title. It’s a loser’s strategy of burning everything you have, leaving nothing behind for the oncoming victor. Adolf Hitler, Gerry says, dictated such a policy as the […]

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Symphony of the Shores

Jazz and blues–the two genuine American contributions to music–have sparked the imagination of many of this century’s classical composers; yet a great majority of their works offer only pale imitation. Not so Street Music by Chicagoan William Russo. The half-hour piece (in four high-voltage movements)–written in 1976 especially for Corky Siegel, the San Francisco Symphony, […]

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Miracle Play

JUGGER’S RAIN Talisman Theatre There’s no denying that the Woodson family is a mite strange, but as long as they’re happy, what the hell. If Grandpa Yoman wants to tell stories of wrestling with the giant sturgeon he calls the “silver dragon,” what does it matter that the pond dried up long ago? If Isbel […]

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The Sports Section

Before we return to the National Basketball Association final, let’s dwell–as the Bulls themselves have–on their victory over the Detroit Pistons. After all, we’re fans, not players, and a little reverie now isn’t likely to hurt our performance in appreciating the next game between the Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Magic-Michael matchup in […]