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Shakespeare Made Simple

RICHARD III Oak Park Festival Theatre I hereby disqualify myself from any future attempts to review Shakespeare plays directed by Terry McCabe. No, really. McCabe’s unquestionably a decent and talented guy. I’ve met him–he’s nice. I’ve seen his work on new scripts, like John Logan’s Hauptmann–it’s good. But his attempts at interpreting the Bard baffle […]

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Jolly Boys

If you’ve ever disembarked from an airplane in Jamaica, you may remember having been greeted by a raw, wonderfully rhythmic acoustic trio or quartet playing dirty songs on guitar and banjo, with one guy keeping time on an enormous bass kalimba. This music, called mento, was quite popular on the island in the 1940s and […]

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Without Shoes

WITHOUT SHOES Avenue Theatre Susan Murray’s Without Shoes, a curious little one-act, sets out to take a metatheatrical journey into the dark night of the soul–though its route is decidedly cute and lighthearted. The play begins with self-described “new-age performance artist” Sally Yaddo (Murray herself), dressed in black pumps, black tights, and a white T-shirt […]

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Contempt for Private Property

To the editors: Contempt for private property virtually oozes from Ben Joravsky’s account of the historic preservationists’ assault against the owners of “architecturally valuable” buildings in Oak Park (Neighborhood News, July 5). The right to own property is why this country’s economic system has dramatically outperformed those which limit or outlaw private property ownership. Ownership […]

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AMA vs. Lunatic Fringe

To the editors: The attractive thing about Chiropractic [June 28] is that all one needs is an inexpensive office, a receptionist, a few gizmos around to give it a professional look, and you’re in business . . . a Doctor of Chiropractic. No nurses and expensive staff to pay for, no expensive equipment, and probably […]

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Life Stinks

A primitive filmmaker who can usually be counted on for moments of genius, Mel Brooks runs true to form in a comedy about a greedy billionaire (played by Brooks) who bets another tycoon that he can spend a month with the Los Angeles homeless without any of his usual resources and survive. The movie takes […]

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Justifying Genocide?

To the editors: As an African American writer and activist, I protest Tom Johnson’s accusation (Letters June 28) that Joel Sprayregen’s letter about Iraq “lays the groundwork for justifying genocide.” I recently had the privilege to attend the Woodlawn Organization’s 1991 Advocacy Awards event. Mr. Sprayregen was the only non-Black and non-Hispanic to receive an […]

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Mark Roth Exposes Himself

FOOTING THE TURF Mark Roth at Club Lower Links In his newest solo piece, Footing the Turf, it’s plain that Mark Roth is smack-dab in the middle of a major artistic change. Roth is pushing himself into new and exciting territory–in style, content, and structure–and he has not yet found his feet. But the overflow […]

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The Straight Dope

As kids we were taught in art class that the primary colors were red, blue, and yellow. By mixing these primary colors, we were told, we could come up with any color of the rainbow. A bit of experimenting seemed to bear this out. Now that we are older and in the age of video, […]

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Outing Furor

To the editors: I am writing in response to the debate regarding outing and Michael Flores’s attacks on the lesbian and gay community newspaper Outlines [Letters, May 24 and June 7 and 21]. “Outing”–publicly revealing a person as lesbian or gay–has become an emotionally laden issue arousing terror and anger, because it is layered on […]