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Wax or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees

A fascinating if numbing feature-length narrative video by David Blair with remarkable computer graphics and other special effects. The intricate science-fantasy plot, which is narrated in an offscreen monotone by Blair, involves, among many other things, a beekeeper and cinematographer (represented by a photo of William S. Burroughs) who films “the moving spirits of the […]

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Your Butt/Murder the Playwright

YOUR BUTT Metraform at the Annoyance Theatre MURDER THE PLAYWRIGHT Avenue Theatre The night I saw Your Butt some people from NBC were somewhere in the building taping interviews with Metraform members for yet another story about the folks who created The Real Live Brady Bunch. Just before the show began that night’s house manager […]

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The Straight Dope

Has anyone ever made a study of the comparative heights of winners and losers in elections, and if so, what were the results? –Wistfully, Eli “Shorty” Pindsey, Chicago Well, being a dwarf sure didn’t help that little Greek fella. And no question everybody in politics thinks being tall is an advantage. Five-foot-nine-and-a-half-inch Jimmy Carter’s handlers […]

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Female Disciples

To the editors: Your January 3, 1992, article on “A Silenced Woman” was outstanding. On page 19 you quoted a 20th century Vatican source that said Jesus Christ didn’t call any woman to be an apostle. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to find out that there were many woman apostles, and many more male […]

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The City File

Percentage of Illinoisans polled who could not name a single member of the state legislature: 77 (Northern Illinois University 1991 Illinois Policy Survey). I can’t find a job. The president doesn’t seem to care. Thank God for II Live Crew! Chicago poet-publisher Luis J. Rodriguez, in Curbstone Ink (Fall): “We are witnessing an upsurge throughout […]

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Coup/Clucks

COUP/CLUCKS Zebra Crossing Theatre and North Avenue Productions at the Synergy Center Can a comedy that depicts would-be Ku Klux Klan terrorists as harmless, laughable buffoons work in the season of David Duke? Not very well, in the case of Shifra Werch’s staging of Coup/Clucks, a pair of related one-acts by the pseudonymous “Jane Martin.” […]

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Play Ball

To the editors: What is it with this jerk Mike Miner [Hot Type, January 3] anyway? Did he lock himself in the bathroom when long summer days were around? His attack on the guy who wants us to have more afternoon daylight is just a petty ego trip on a honest guy who wants to […]

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Club Date

CLUB DATE Free Street Theater at Spices Jazz Bar It’s smart to put on shows you can’t pigeonhole: for one thing, they’re hard to dismiss. Club Date is a sturdy hybrid, a rich music/theater offering that fuses live jazz with oral history. Conceived and in part composed by Doug Lofstrom, written and staged by Free […]