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Catholic School Girls

CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS Act Now Productions at Cafe Voltaire It’s the early 60s. Catholic schoolgirls wear plaid, respond to air raid drills with panicked squeals about communism, and are mercilessly browbeaten by sadistic Brides of Christ. They’re taught not to bite down on the Host at Communion (a practice compared to “biting off the leg […]

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Lorenzo’s Oil

This is a docudrama about a couple (Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon) whose five-year-old son who has a rare and mysterious degenerative disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). It’s hard to make such a project sound good, but in its own quiet way this is an astonishing film, both as a medical detective story that sustains taut […]

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Woyzeck

WOYZECK Chicago Cabaret Ensemble at Latino Chicago Theater Company In one powerful scene in Chicago Cabaret Ensemble’s Woyzeck a woman in a low-cut black dress stands center stage. Previously we have seen her cradling a red scarf as if it were a baby. A man in black stands behind her, only his green-gloved hands visible. […]