The career of Otis Rush has been on of the most varied and emotionally wrenching in all of modern blues. Rush’s early sides for Cobra (“Double Trouble,” “All Your Love”) had a tormented intensity that recalled the poetic writhings of Robert Johnson; his later output was somewhat less exciting, but at his best (“So Many […]
Her accent rambles around on a continuum between Yale Law School and super-Dixie, depending on to whom she is speaking or what she’s talkin’ ’bout.
IT’S CALLED THE SUGAR PLUM Ailerons Productions at the Beat Kitchen ATTACK OF THE 50 FT. WOMAN Big Time Theatre Company at the Calo Theatre When I was a freshman in college, a small group of students would stalk the dorm halls on a nightly pilgrimage that was known as “sex patrol.” Men and women […]
One of the most delightful things about Dr. John is the way he combines rowdiness with an encyclopedic knowledge and respect for New Orleans R & B and blues tradition. His show is a flamboyant pastiche of savory tidbits ranging from Crescent City classics by the likes of James Booker and Professor Longhair to Tin […]
CONCERTANTE DI CHICAGO at DePaul University Concert Hall March 15 Music in what used to be the Soviet Union often served as a barometer of the national mood: exhilaration after the 1917 revolution followed by attacks against “bourgeois” art; official propaganda punctuated by bouts of patriotism during the Stalin era; hints of dissent during the […]
The biggest hit of Hong Kong comedy star and director Michael Hui is also considered his best movie, or his next best (after Security Unlimited), by many fans and critics. Having seen an unsubtitled print of this episodic comedy, I can only say that I still laughed a lot at the frenetic slapstick and rapid-fire […]
LAST SUPPER AT UNCLE TOM’S CABIN/THE PROMISED LAND Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Co. at the Civic Theatre March 11, 13, and 14 Bill T. Jones’s Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land is a sprawling, ambitious dance about racism, repression, faith, and sexual freedom. But unlike the family-saga novels sold in supermarkets that […]
The League of Chicago Theatres has a new executive director–again. This time it’s Tony Sertich, who brings experience in both commercial and not-for-profit theater.
The media pundits believed that Council Wars was the fight of Harold Washington’s political life. But a truer test of his skill was the balancing act he had to perform to keep his diverse coalition together–to ensure that each of its disparate elements s
‘SHUA Marbleworks Theatre at Niles College Seminary The search for the historical Jesus–the flesh-and-blood man behind the Bible stories–is a frustrating one. Except for a few passing mentions of Jesus by Roman chroniclers, virtually everything we know about the man comes from the gospels, which aren’t reliable as historical sources. That means scholars must do […]
A Drinking Club With a Running Problem
In both Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghofer, Bay Area composer John Adams and librettist Alice Kahn turned front-page events into meditations on conflicting ideologies and cultural values. Peter Sellars’s Kabuki-meet-CNN stagings of them may have come under a lot of criticism, but few reviewers found fault with Adams’s hip, hypnotic scores. If […]
ALL SOULS DAY Lookingglass Theatre Company at Chicago Filmmakers By Maura Troester It’s impossible to say how many young Catholic girls seriously considered marrying God when they grew up. I know I did, and I think my cousin did too. I gave up the notion around the time I entered high school, and I’m pretty […]
JOSEPH HOLMES CHICAGO DANCE THEATRE at the Civic Opera House March 11, 13, and 14 Sometimes it seems that the more aware you are of a dancer’s technique, the less room there is for feeling. It may be that physical control doesn’t jibe with our ideas of emotional abandon, or that excessive control makes us […]
Landon “Sonny” Cox fell to his knees, no doubt for the first time since a childhood Sunday school class. It was beyond belief, but then again so was King’s 76-75 victory over Marshall in the Public League basketball semifinals at the UIC Pavilion. In the end, however, King found that miracles served a team no […]