Ashland doesn’t go east, of course. The title of this monologue by ruddy, rubber-faced Mike Houlihan is bartender’s slang: someone going east on Ashland is off his nut. Unveiled last month as a work in progress and remounted this week as a Saint Patrick’s Day offering, Houlihan’s comic confession is a sometimes sacred, mostly profane, […]
Defending the Caveman Briar Street Theatre Eight years ago, stand-up was booming. Back then everyone I knew with the guts to stand alone onstage and tell jokes to drunks was breaking into the field. “It’s the perfect straight job,” an actor friend told me at the time. “The money is so easy.” But now, with […]
Two men waste away in prison, one on death row, because Roland Burris, the man who would be governor, lacks the courage to let them be tried again.
Iris Moore and Christina Cobb at Randolph Street Gallery, February 18 and 19 Iris Moore, who will probably never do a sitcom, is something of a pure artist. She does what she does because it feels right to her and because she has something to say. If there are other considerations–say, extending an engagement, playing […]
At Sharon’s Place of Beauty the women sitting in plastic caps under cone-shaped hair dryers occasionally peek over the tops of their magazines to take in the scene. The salon’s decorations are unremarkable: a few mirrors, a handwritten “customers only” notice posted above the pay phone, and a brown sign with gold lettering that reads […]
I have thought about becoming a bodybuilder, but I’m getting mixed signals from my peers. The guys say I’ll catch more girls, but the girls say most guys they’ve dated who are into bodybuilding have very small penises. From observing many bodybuilders in pose trunks I’d say the girls seem to be right. Please help. […]
Doug Bragan wants to produce live theater at the Ivanhoe–but if he can’t hold off the unions and bring in the crowds, watch out for another multiscreen movie house.
Ironmistress Halcyone Productions at Heartland Studio Theatre It’s one of those things you don’t even know is missing until you find it. But when you do, you let out a prayer of thanks. “Yes!” you want to exclaim. “This is what’s needed.” I walked into the Heartland Studio Theatre to see Halycone Productions’ Ironmistress, sat […]
Les Deux Camilles Cloud 42 at Body Politic Theatre Just as Bailiwick Repertory has recently reworked the legends of Saint Joan and Don Juan, Cloud 42 takes on the saga of Marie Duplessis–the original for La Dame aux Camelias–in “Les Deux Camilles,” two plays that radically reexamine the 1848 novel and 1852 play by Alexandre […]
Cedar Walton, who leads his quartet from the piano, is a “musician’s musician.” He still doesn’t figure high in the popularity polls, but hundreds of jazzmen have tapped his talents for their record dates, more than validating his feathery touch, soulful pulse, and inexhaustible knowledge of chords (the music’s harmonic building blocks). And Walton writes: […]
You might not read it in the dailies, but these candidates do have positions; some of them even have public histories.
One rainy Friday night my friends and I got a flat. Our car had run over a pothole two blocks from the expressway, and we pulled into a gas station between Armitage and North to change the tire. The driver popped the trunk, and I got out of the backseat to help him. He had […]
Pavement/Why be so good at saying nothing?
A Night on the Dancehall Scene With DJ Field Marshal
City of God Jeff McMahon at the Dance Center of Columbia College, March 3-5 Performance in this country is in trouble. I’m not talking about the repeated calls for dissolving the NEA or the attempts by various “official bodies” to censor “offensive” work. These external threats, while undeniably serious, pale next to an apparent collapse […]