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Heroes’ Welcome

HEROES’ WELCOME New World Repertory Company at Theatre Shoppe In his famous essay “Politics and the English Language” George Orwell stated that writers often use cliches not as expressions of original thought but as substitutes for thinking. Something similar, I suspect, happened during the creation of Heroes’ Welcome, the premiere production of the New World […]

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The Straight Dope

The other day at work we were sitting around (on our coffee break, of course) telling stories about our middle school days. We discovered that although we grew up in different parts of the country (Atlanta and Dallas), the students in both our middle schools believed you could tell the quality of a necktie by […]

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Hook and Crook

HOOK ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Steven Spielberg Written by Jim V. Hart, Malia Scotch Marmo, and Nick Castle With Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Caroline Goodall, and Charlie Korsmo. BUGSY *** (A must-see) Directed by Barry Levinson Written by James Toback With Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben […]

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The City File

Gobbling gobblers is OK, according to Greenkeeping (November/ December): “Of all the meat and poultry choices, turkey is among those that are most free from pesticide residues…not totally pure but much less contaminated than fatty foods such as beef steak and hot dogs.” “If you want to visit Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in Southern Illinois, […]

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Connections of the Heart

CONNECTIONS OF THE HEART at Mountain Moving Coffeehouse I was worried, going in to see the new lesbian musical comedy that played for one night only last Saturday. Part of me was hoping it would be at least bearable; another was already cringing, anticipating embarrassment. It’s not that I haven’t seen worthwhile programming at Mountain […]

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Power Going Down

POWER GOING DOWN Playwrights’ Center For Power Going Down playwright Christopher Busiel thought up some incompatible characters and got them stuck in an elevator for the weekend, then let them have at it. But most beginning improv classes in similar scenarios show far more imagination and sense of intrigue than Busiel does in his inane […]