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Mass

Seen at 20 years’ remove from the issues that prompted its writing–the Vietnam war, Kent State, waves of ghetto riots, and grief over the murders of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.–Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Schwartz’s 1971 effort at a Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk emerges as much richer and more universal than it originally […]

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The City File

Purity: the impossible dream. Environmentalist Tom Kinder describes his family’s “awakening” to the ubiquity of plastics, in Greenkeeping (September/ October): “We looked around our house and saw the very chemicals that we had fought in hazardous waste dumps or chemical factories….We had to do something. So we piled all our plastics–okay, not quite all, we […]

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The Dwarfs

THE DWARFS Feral Theater at Sheffield’s School Street Cafe Less than a year old, the Feral Theater has already carved out a niche for itself as a company that produces minor works by major playwrights. Their first production was Sam Shepard’s 4-H Club. This pointless, plotless fragment masquerading as a one-act hardly seems worth staging, […]

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Field & Street

The great thing about Chicago’s weather is the drama. Of course standing on an icy corner in a howling gale waiting endlessly for a bus from the ZTA (“Zeno’s Transit Authority: We’re always almost there”), you might be pardoned for thinking “Drama, schmama, I’m moving to San Diego.” But think for a moment of what […]

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Sheila Jordan

Listening to Sheila Jordan’s songs–the sweet melodies she creates and the meanings in her lyrics–you can’t help feeling that nobody else has ever experienced the emotions she’s singing about. Her harmonies are sophisticated, her technique is skillful, her voice a fine instrument–but the quality she projects is fresh and bracing, like mountain springwater. There are […]