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MARTY Bowen Park Theatre Company at Jack Benny Center for the Arts Originally broadcast in 1953 on the Goodyear TV Playhouse, and later adapted as a movie, Paddy Chayefsky’s Marty won four Oscars (for best picture, best screenplay, best direction, and best actor–Ernest Borgnine). Unfortunately Mark Heller, directing this production for Waukegan’s Bowen Park Theatre […]

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Double Dealing

THE FISHER KING Directed by Terry Gilliam Written by Richard LaGravenese With Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, Michael Jeter, and Tom Waits. Terry Gilliam’s elephantine yet breezy The Fisher King is a gripping new-age extravaganza, visually splendid and adroitly paced. But some gross conceptual cheating–presumably the fallout of commercial ambitions–makes the film […]

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Monk’s Dream

Usually when a band comes together to honor the work of one composer, it places a premium on fidelity: the instrumentation, and even the style of the soloists, consciously evoke the dedicatee’s original recordings, and you end up with some variation on a ghost band. But Monk’s music long ago transcended this limitation; his compositions […]