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Improv Without Anxiety

CHRIS AIKEN at Link’s Hall April 10 and 11 Improvisers must walk a peculiar line between safety and risk–they can’t make the audience anxious that they’re going to mess up, but they can’t play things too safe or what they’re doing will seem dead. I felt I was in good hands, however, as the performers […]

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Special ed: as the school board moves to cut costs and “mainstream” more students, private contractors fear for their future

When John (not his real name) first showed up at the Southern School a few years ago, he was so miserable he wanted to kill himself. “This was a teenager who had been sexually abused by his mother,” says Michael Johnson, education director at the north-side private school for children with emotional and learning disabilities. […]

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Life After Death

To the editors: Cecil Adams’s explanation of the Near-Death Experience [March 27] was a fair one, noting all opinions on the subject. I’d just like to add one fact and one question for pondering. The fact is that Emanuel Swedenborg, on whom the Reader just carried a huge article [Janaury 24], wrote all about this […]

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A Cocktail of Flowers: The Life and Afterlife of Doll Baby/The Weird Sisters in Recital

A COCKTAIL OF FLOWERS: THE LIFE AND AFTERLIFE OF DOLL BABY at Club Lower Links THE WEIRD SISTERS IN RECITAL Chicago Actors Ensemble In the United States the chanson realiste tradition, with its highly romanticized glimpses of life on the seamy side, has been largely carried on by female entertainers whose stories reflected–or were imagined […]

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The Next Generation Project

THE NEXT GENERATION PROJECT at Link’s Hall April 3-5 Chicago’s many showcases for new choreographers often carefully state that they show “emerging” artists. “The Next Generation Project,” sponsored by Jan Bartoszek’s Hedwig Dances, also carefully states its purpose: to present the best choreographers to emerge from the other showcases–the promising choreographers who may form the […]

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Prospect

PROSPECT Latino Chicago Theater Company Liza’s been waiting at this bar for Vince for hours, and she’s getting ticked off. So she strikes up a conversation with Scout, who’s been buying her drinks all night. Scout’s a Mexican computer programmer who’s been struggling with his racial identity (his real name is Mario), and though he […]

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Pocket Full of Posies

POCKET FULL OF POSIES Wysiwyg Theatre Company at Angel Island A playwright this bad should at least have the modesty to tackle a tiny subject. In Pocket Full of Posies, a new work, local playwright Joseph Savit pretends to confront a growing problem–the unwillingness of private hospitals to treat high-risk patients–but doesn’t even approach enlightening […]

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The Sports Section

Basketball has replaced baseball as the sport of choice; at least in my life it has. Football, of course, remains Chicago’s obsession, but basketball has caught and, I believe, surpassed baseball as the sport that mirrors our lives. Its hectic pace, leading up to unexpected epiphanies, is both how our lives seem and how we […]