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 […]
Metal chairs are arranged tightly in four rows of six. The shades are pulled down, but not far enough to hide the grids covering the outside of the windows of Ogden Courts, a public housing development on the near west side. A stack of manila folders, a pad of yellow legal paper, and a phone […]
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 […]
Was CSO executive director Henry Fogel surprised by the players’ strike? “This has been an educational experience for him, ” says trumpeter and union negotiator George Vosburgh.
The medical metaphor of 1903 was neurasthenia, an effeminizing weakness that Teddy Roosevelt cured by strenuous exercise and military adventure. Today we might call it the wimp factor.
FEMALE PARTS at Stage Left Theatre A ROOM OF MY OWN (AND I’LL PROBABLY HAVE TO CLEAN IT MYSELF) A Stage of One’s Own Theatre Company You’ve come a long way, baby. Or so the Virginia Slims ads tell us. But Clarence Thomas is preparing his ascent to the Supreme Court even though he hasn’t […]
The book’s jacket promises a tale of “grief, recovery, codependence, and love,” making it sound like a perfect bedside companion to the typical 12-step manual. Until, that is, Emily slides her fingers between Catherine’s legs in a scene a few chapters in and turns it into a passionate sexual romp. “If you had asked me […]
A LOT OF FISH THERE ARE: OOBLECK SHORT PLAYS Theater Oobleck In January of 1990, when I reviewed Theater Oobleck’s spectacular When Will the Rats Come to Chew Through Your Anus? Oobleck was a relatively new enterprise crammed into a funky little space near Broadway and Irving Park, rightfully taking Chicago by storm with work […]
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 […]
Elmer Gertz, the most famous nonpublic person in the annals of American law, turns 85.
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 […]
Photographers High and Low One of the measures of the human spirit that it’s easy to make too much of is morale. We used to ask cops how morale stood in the department, and the answer was always, “Could be better.” It took us a while to understand this response meant nothing. No cop would […]
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 […]
CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Strawdog Theatre THROUGH THE LEAVES Center Theater For what seems an extraordinary length of time during the second half of Strawdog’s Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down, actress Mary Kanaley Nahser cries–not little trickles down the cheeks but a great flow of tears dropping off her chin onto the […]
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 […]