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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 […]

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Betting on a Loser

THE GAMBLER Lyric Opera A couple of years ago Lyric launched its “Toward the 21st Century” initiative, which was intended to “show the direction opera is taking as the turn of the new century looms.” Under this heading Lyric planned to stage contemporary or neglected works that had found favor with an establishment elite but […]

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Pass the Love/Doubles

PASS THE LOVE Circle Theatre DOUBLES Goose Island Theatre Many psychologists describe a child brought for treatment as the “identified patient”–the one other family members believe to be sick. These psychologists recognize that a troubled child is usually a symptom of deep turmoil within the family. A child might be misbehaving, for example, to divert […]

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

To the editors: I usually have no problem with writing that is supposed to be “objective,” but which, nevertheless, fails to hide the author’s prejudices. In fact, I think I prefer slanted writing to that which passes for balanced journalism. That’s what makes the Reader such an interesting publication. That said, how likely is it […]

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Eye of the Gull

EYE OF THE GULL Footsteps Theatre Lesbians secluded in an east coast cottage–sometimes flirting, sometimes flitting about, sometimes committing to the long haul. The territory is familiar to anyone who knows the plays of Jane Chambers, the late writer for stage and television whose distinctive contribution was to establish a genre of gay-positive soap opera. […]