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Hospitality Suite

HOSPITALITY SUITE Victory Gardens Theater I think it had been about two weeks since I saw my last salesman play when I caught Victory Gardens Theater’s production of Roger Rueff’s Hospitality Suite, a salesman play that differs from the classics in the genre in one major respect–it’s boring. While plays like Death of a Salesman […]

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Happy With WFMT

To the editors: Contrary to Gerald M. Stein’s response on the William McCarter story (September 4) headlined “Betrayed by WFMT” [October 2], a more accurate letter would have said “Enriched by WFMT.” I’ve never been happier with their programming. Mr. Stein talks about the program guide moving from Chicago magazine to its new WFMT Fine […]

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Ballet Chicago

BALLET CHICAGO at Steppenwolf Theatre November 4-8 and 11-15 Gordon Peirce Schmidt, resident choreographer for Ballet Chicago, seems drawn to the sleazy and sexually dangerous–though his dances are also often pointedly innocent and smiling. Perhaps in an effort to cover all these bases he’s chosen more than once to explore the demimondes of yesteryear, whose […]

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Vassilisa the Wise

VASSILISA THE WISE Thousand Thunder Words at Angel Island If ever there was a classic Russian children’s fable that should be assimilated into mainstream American kid culture, it’s Vassilisa the Wise, a refreshing tale of a young woman who rescues her husband from the royal dungeon by outwitting the prince’s soldiers, wrestler, marksman–even the prince […]

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Chicago Chamber Musicians

The Chicago Chamber Musicians have established quite a formidable reputation and following for a group so young. It’s easy to see why. First off, there’s the Chicago Symphony Orchestra connection: five of the collective’s core players, including cofounder Larry Combs and horn player Gail Williams, are first or second chairs from the CSO, each with […]

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At Home on WNIB

To the editors: In response to Mr. Gerald M. Stein’s letter of October 2, regretting the loss of such festival radio broadcasts as those of Salzburg and Vienna from the schedule of Chicago’s other classical music station, we would like to point out that these programs, along with many other series from the great orchestras […]

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The Straight Dope

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday, and am in the initial stages of what I hope will be a serious and long-lasting relationship. My dilemma is this: I’ve never been told the story of “the birds and the bees.” I’ve traveled around the world and am not an inexperienced person, but this missing piece of […]

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Zelda Went to Law School

“There was a rumor I might be queer. It killed my career.” This was Zelda Gilroy talking. About why she’s not an actress anymore. Zelda. The same Zelda who was so in love with Dobie Gillis. There was nothing the brilliant little imp Zelda wouldn’t do for Dobie. Remember? Dobie, with the dull normal intelligence, […]

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She Gets It

To the editors: I salute your recent attempt at making changes at your newspaper, but I would suggest that they are mostly superficial and irrelevant. They certainly do not merit the hype that attended them. Of any publication I see regularly, yours seems the most resistant to any change. The notion that progress is a […]

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The City File

Dept. of things not likely to be mass produced. U. of C. biologist Michael Dickinson on the equipment he needs to study the physiology and aerodynamics of fly flight: “I can’t just call up Fisher Scientific and say ‘I would like to buy an automated flight simulator for tethered flies.’” “Here’s the real deal killer,” […]

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Wyman’s Obsession

To the editors: [Re: Hitsville, November 6] “Dichotomy: division into two usu. contradictory parts or opinions”: What’s “weird,” to borrow a more mundane word from Bill Wyman’s venomous arsenal, is the same’s perpetually flagrant obsession with Jae-Ha Kim and her vocabulary. So inflamed is this consumption that even an infrequent browser of the Reader from […]

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Chicago Moving Company

Nana Shineflug, artistic director of the Chicago Moving Company, is no shrinking violet–you can’t be a wuss and make dances for more than 20 years, not in this town anyway. Her dances tend to be emphatic, too. Intersections, one of two premieres CMC is offering this weekend, employs 27 performers from outside the company as […]