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Politics as Usual?

To the editors: With regard to the April 24 story “The Pique of Women Voters,” I found Judy Erwin an unusual choice to include under the banner “Tired of Politics as usual.” Judy Erwin has served in Springfield for over nine years as press secretary to Senator Phil Rock. In the endorsement of her candidacy, […]

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Mail-Order Brides

ABUNDANCE Center Theater Abundance was something the pioneers knew a lot about: sudden wealth or squalor, plentiful human hardships and natural disasters. Beth Henley’s wondrous new work depicts that embarrassment of experience in–well, abundant detail. And in next to no time the Center Theater’s small stage takes on an almost cinematic scope. Her first historical […]

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Give the Director Some

To the editors: I can’t believe (!) that you were so moved by The Sleepwalker’s Ballad [May1], and failed to recognize the director! Karen Vaccaro is the woman who had this unusual vision and the courage and power to elicit these “vivid and moving” performances from her cast. It has been said that truly beautiful […]

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Ghost Story

To the editors: Back in November [22] you published “My Life As a Ghost” by Paul Engleman. I just had to tell you how much I enjoyed this article. It was humorous yet informative about “writing for hire.” I hope to read more by Mr. Engleman, either as a ghost or in the flesh. Often […]

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Stains of Our Lives

To the editors: Thank you for giving us Nina Sandlin on saddle soap [Our Town, April 24]. Household cleaning gets short shrift in most journals. Chicagoans have had little to cheer about lately; what a relief to know that one can dare each day without fear for one’s midwales. A thinking person’s Heloise deserves a […]

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The Dragons’ Trilogy

We wouldn’t normally use this space for a show opening next weekend, but this is a limited run that may sell out early. The Dragons’ Trilogy is a sprawling six-hour epic that covers 76 years in the lives of two sisters in Canada along with glimpses of French- and Chinese-Canadian cultures. Yet this marvelous work, […]

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Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton inspires some listeners to heights of aesthetic ecstasy and utterly mystifies others. As a mutlisaxophonist and multiclarinetist, he ranges from exhilarating reinvestigations of bop repertoire to unaccompanied, distant abstraction. He’s also a composer–of songs for jazz combos, of huge symphonic works, of extended, flowing, lyrical pieces, and of some of the most thorny […]

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Wild Men!/Alone at the Beach

WILD MEN! at Body Politic Theatre ALONE AT THE BEACH Griffin Theatre Company When the Friends of the Zoo stopped performing regularly almost two years ago, the Chicago theater scene lost something vital. This talented troupe of singer-comedians had injected new life into musical theater and satire at a time when most comedy troupes were […]