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The Corpse Grinders

THE CORPSE GRINDERS Some Mo’ Productions at Transient Theatre Gross, misogynistic, and utterly unnecessary are a few of the words that describe The Corpse Grinders, Some Mo’ Productions’ theatrical adaptation of Ted V. Mikels’s comic horror film. Not that The Corpse Grinders doesn’t have plenty to offer. It features Nazis, necrophilia, rape, murder, cannibalism, killer […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story According to an April report from the Denton, Texas, police files, a motorist was unfazed when an unmarked truck (transporting medical wastes from Parkland Hospital in Dallas to Oklahoma) began leaking blood. Although it splattered the motorist’s windshield, the uncurious man merely stopped, cleaned up, and drove away. Grown-ups In June a lawyer […]

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The Razor’s Edge

THE RAZOR’S EDGE Theatre of the Reconstruction at the Garage Larry Darrell was one of the original slackers. Long before it became the prerogative of self-aggrandizing rock stars and junior-year-abroad students to travel east with hopes of attaining spiritual fulfillment, Larry, the hero of W. Somerset Maugham’s novel The Razor’s Edge, was turning his back […]

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Sour Milk

SOUR MILK Skeleton Crew Theatre Company at Bailiwick Repertory In G. Riley Mills’s Sour Milk, two honeymooners break down in nowheresville, only to fall into the hands of a family of country-gothic loonies with dark secrets in their hearts and a largish collection of corpses under the rhubarb in the garden. What follows is an […]

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Sri Chinmoy

Tonight the UIC Pavilion is a temple for meditation, introspection. Sri Chinmoy, the spiritual guru, is performing his “Oneness-Happiness Song,” a concert to promote inner peace. His posters have been plastered all over town for weeks. I suppose I’m as much in search of inner peace as the next guy, but I mostly want to […]

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Public Protests

DANCING IN THE STATE at the State of Illinois Center September l2 and l3 Watching dance in theaters makes it easy to forget that context matters. A theater is more or less a blank slate, modified by a few props, some unusual lighting, a backdrop. But a public environment has a rich life of its […]