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Pushing and Prodding

GEOGRAPHIES at Blue Rider Theatre, June 25-27 The forces of nature were on Lynn Book and Tatsu Aoki’s side the night I saw their latest work: When Book entered the theater through the back door, thunder and lightning erupted. Her entrance–with billowing dress, forbidding, stabbing shadows, and the percussive ensemble of the heavens–was nothing less […]

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Caligula

CALIGULA Element Theatre Company at Northeastern Illinois University, Stage Center It’s hard to imagine a smarter play in a stupider production than this perverse coupling of Caligula, Albert Camus’ difficult, rarely performed tragedy, with the out-of-their-Element Theatre Company. Of course the play’s reputation is strong enough that it should withstand a single uninspired revival, however […]

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Goose and Tomtom

GOOSE AND TOMTOM Sweet Jane Productions at the Theatre Building Eight years after Goose and Tomtom had its 1978 off-Broadway premiere, David Rabe was still trying to figure out what the hell it meant. While revising the play for a production featuring Madonna and Sean Penn, Rabe told a New York Times interviewer he was […]

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The Straight Dope

BALLS People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Your explanation of why golf balls have dimples [June 11] was confused at best. To say that the dimples “enable the ball to grab the layer of air immediately adjacent” is silly. Any junior fluid-mechanics student knows that a no-slip surface boundary condition applies regardless […]

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The City File

Nails in the CTA’s coffin. Loop parking spaces in 1986: 14,377. In 1993: 23,745 (Gary Rubenstein, system development coordinator for the CTA). “Almost overnight, Cicero has become a Latino suburb,” writes Rob Paral in Illinois Issues (June), pointing out that the percentage of Latinos in Cicero has risen from 8.6 in 1980 to 37 in […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

For the past decade or so, the French-born Laceque sisters have single-handedly transformed the rather prissy art of duo piano playing. Not overly flamboyant, they tend to approach a piece of music with the grace and flair of a pair of synchronized swimmers. Both are riveting presences onstage; Katia is more reserved and elegant, while […]

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Survivors

Functioning like a theatrical Richter scale, Survivors measures the damage done to a woman named Billie by her abusive, socially respected father. Refusing evenhandedness, playwright L.A. Ross’s uncompromising one-act details the damage wrought by incest with as much compassion as a survivor can supply. To deal with Billie’s trauma, Ross gives her two personas, played […]

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A Doll’s House

A DOLL’S HOUSE Knee Deep Theater at the Cook County Theatre Department It sounds like a great idea at first: the world of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is based on hypocrisy and the subjugation of women, and the world of 1950s television sitcoms is also based on hypocrisy and the subjugation of women–so why […]

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Moire Music Drum Orchestra

Dial Africa–that’s what the marvelous British saxist Trevor Watts has done, and he’s made a clear connection between the rich percussion tradition of West Africa and his own background as a top free-jazz improviser. The word “moire” suggests the layering of two patterns to create a third, and that certainly does describe the makeup of […]