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4-H Club

4-H CLUB Feral Theater at Sheffield’s In the early 60s, when Sam Shepard, barely out of his teens, first began writing plays for New York’s young off-off-Broadway scene, he wrote with amazing speed. Shepard claims to have written Chicago, for example, in a single day. As he told a reporter for the British journal Theatre […]

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Chameleon Street

It took two years for this provocative independent feature to reach Chicago, yet it’s as intellectually ambitious as any new American picture I’ve seen this year. This highly original existential dark comedy, which won first prize at the 1990 Sundance film festival, charts the real-life exploits of William Douglas Street (played with a great deal […]

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The Bald Soprano

THE BALD SOPRANO Pig in a Poke Theater Company at Strawdog Theatre The Bald Soprano is a play so seminal that you may feel you’ve seen it even if you haven’t–its influence is that great. All the more reason to return to the source, to see whether The Bald Soprano itself, the quintessential absurdist drama, […]

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Body Parts

When a repressed criminal psychologist (Jeff Fahey) loses his right arm in a car accident and it’s replaced by the arm of a mass murderer, he discovers to his horror that his new limb seems to have a will and personality of its own. This provocative and effective thriller, directed by Eric Red (who coscripted […]

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Bimbo Worship

To the editors: I just finished reading–with great pleasure and interest–Bill Wyman’s review of the Madonna movie Truth or Dare, in your June 21 issue. What a marvelous review it was. Mr. Wyman’s writing is top-notch, as are his perceptions of Madonna: a “childishly self-absorbed,” manipulative spoiled brat, bordering on a case of severe narcissistic […]

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The Straight Dope

I recently moved from Minnesota to Washington, D.C. Not only did I leave behind 10,000 lakes, it seems I left the United States as well. No, I’m not talking about the drive for District statehood. I’m wondering why my new home, Virginia, is called a commonwealth instead of a state. Is there a difference between […]

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Nice Neighborhood

To the editors: I enjoyed Ben Joravsky’s article on Hegewisch in the July 26 Reader. It’s easy to smile cynically about sentiments like those expressed by Joe Ciezak in the interview. But what he said is true: Hegewisch is a small town in the city. Its residents know and care about each other. I grew […]

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The City File

Budding herpetologists take note. On a recent field trip to Spears Woods in the south suburban Palos area, a group of grade-school children found an unusual creature: a Graham’s crayfish snake. Asked how they could have found the rare prairie-wetland snake, the Chicago Herpetological Society’s Ken Mierzwa said, “Because kids are low to the ground […]

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In Re Outing

To the editors: I am writing in response to Julie Kruse’s letter to the editor (Fri. July 26) in which she defends the practice of “Outing” (publicly revealing a person as Lesbian or Gay). I agree when Kruse asserts that homophobia is what keeps us in the closet. I agree that Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual […]

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Calendar

Friday 16 Where were parental advisory stickers on rock ‘n’ roll albums when we really needed them? At least one pop-music star was singing about sex slavery way back in 1974. “The headlines read that a boy disappeared, and everyone thinks he died / ‘Cept a crazy girl with a secret lover who keeps her […]