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When Desire and Duty Meet

Measure for Measure Shakespeare Repertory at the Ruth Page Theater The Importance of Being Earnest Court Theatre “Good afternoon, dear Algernon,” says lofty Lady Bracknell to her nephew in The Importance of Being Earnest, “I hope you are behaving very well.” “I’m feeling very well, Aunt Augusta,” the young man replies. Her icy response is […]

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The City File

“The image of ‘gangs,’ perhaps the ultimate devil figure in late twentieth-century urban America, is one of the most powerfully distorting filters through which law-abiding middle-class citizens distance themselves from residents of the inner city,” Dwight Conquergood told a recent Northwestern University conference on race and media. “Labeling someone a gang member licenses the most […]

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A Oneness Beyond Words

Imogen Cunningham at Edwynn Houk Gallery, through March 19 Art’s strongest effects are somewhat mysterious. If there were simple formulas–rectangles mean anger, curves mean joy–works would be boringly predictable, little more than essays. Instead, the best work reveals itself slowly, surprisingly, over time. Curves in one work may express joy, in another anger, and in […]

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Rating judicial candidates: “This is the IVI-IPO. We never agree on anything.”

Under most circumstances, independents would be supporting Cook County judiciary candidates Andrea Malka Schleifer and A.C. Cunningham in the March 15 Democratic primary. Schleifer specializes in family law, and Cunningham, a former prosecutor and defense lawyer, is a well-regarded associate judge. Both have long ties to independent activists. Yet neither has been endorsed or even […]

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Clowns Plus Wrestlers

Clowns Plus Wrestlers Cook County Theatre Department Let’s begin with what I know for sure. The show is just under an hour long and is based on four texts: Turk Pipkin’s Be a Clown, Lou Banach’s The New Breed–Living Iowa Wrestling, Kenneth Koch’s One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays, and Robert Ainsley’s Bluff Your Way in Math. […]