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Peter Serkin

It’s taken Peter Serkin a long time to emerge from the shadow of his pianist father. As the son of the late Rudolf Serkin (and the grandson of the great German violinist Adolf Busch), the young Peter had to compete with a legend. He wisely deflected unfavorable comparisons by focusing on the contemporary repertoire, first […]

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Lust and Pity

LUST AND PITY Bailiwick Repertory Jessica is obsessed with sex, or claims to be so that she can titillate and thus control those around her. Her psychiatrist, after two weeks of watching this nymphet fondle herself while recounting adventures rivaling Fanny Hill’s, eventually succumbs to temptation and beds down the all-too-willing patient. This hands-on approach […]

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Flesh and Blood

FLESH AND BLOOD Bailiwick Repertory A national crisis fully registers only when it strikes family and friends, and that makes it easier for a playwright to handle dramatically. Though AIDS and homophobia are the targets of Flesh and Blood, a 90-minute play by Canadian playwright Colin Thomas, the focus is on two brothers living in […]

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Charlatans U.K.

The heavily stoked psychedelia of the Manchester scene–the scads of hallucinatory dance bands that took over England a year or two back seems not to have taken hold in the U.S. Unless the Stone Roses pull a rabbit out of a hat on their long-awaited second album, we’ll have to make do with the Charlatans […]

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It’s only entertainment, but I liked it.

A 70-foot-tall Mick Jagger may seem a grotesquerie beyond even David Lynch, but the presence of Ol’ Crow’s Feet and the rest of the Rolling Stones in the film At the Max, now playing at the Museum of Science and Industry’s five-story-high Omnimax Theater, does inspire a certain I-should-know-better-than-to-look curiosity, as a gruesome car crash […]

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Orphans

ORPHANS Profiles Performance Ensemble at Red Bones Theatre You have to admire the Profiles Performance Ensemble. It takes guts for a raggedy little non-Equity theater to produce Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, a play still strongly associated with the Steppenwolf glory years of the early to mid-80s. Not that this is the first time Profiles has barked […]

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Wylie Crawford

One pleasure of living in Hyde Park is the tolling of the University of Chicago’s carillon bells. The carillon at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, donated by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1932, is the second largest in the world; its 72 bells were cast in an English foundry, and range from 10-pounders to 19-ton heavyweights. The […]

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Mother Universe

MOTHER UNIVERSE at the Pavo Center for the Arts The walls of the artist’s studio are covered with religious icons–crucifixes and Madonnas. Mounted above them is a large painting that depicts the planet earth hanging in a black canvas universe. The scent of sandalwood is in the air. Poised on a round table at the […]

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Stand-Up Tragedy

STAND-UP TRAGEDY Apple Tree Theatre The scene is Catholic high school on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. All the students are boys–tough, ethnic, streetwise, quick to use a nasty word in a run-on sentence. They struggle in a whirlpool of domestic violence, drugs, and painstakingly choreographed rap music. Dropout rates are high. Nobody has a job–except […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A 37-year-old Minneapolis man was charged in May with indecent exposure for several incidents, the last culminating with a car chase that caused several collisions. After stopping the man’s car, police found him naked from the waist down, with four one-dollar bills attached to his penis. Police said they had picked him up […]

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Another Evening Out

John Herrera is one of Chicago’s best-known musical-theater performers; Harry Althaus is not. But Althaus’s delicious comic performance as the lovelorn opera queen in The Lisbon Traviata led Herrera to suggest they team up for a revue of songs and dramatic monologues about, as Althaus puts it, “what it’s like to be gay right here, […]

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The Girls of Summer

“We had to look nice,” says Terry Donahue of her days as a catcher in the All American Girls Baseball League. “We had to have our makeup on, our lipstick on, and we could not have short hair. We had to have long hair. Mr. Wrigley was very strict about that. Someone was always yelling […]