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Savage Nights

Highly controversial and troubling but undeniably powerful and impossible to dismiss, this French feature cowritten (with critic Jacques Fieschi) by, directed by, and starring the late Cyril Collard follows the last reckless days and nights of a 30-year-old cinematographer and musician who discovers he is HIV positive but continues to have sex with strangers as […]

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The Seagull

THE SEAGULL Touchstone Theatre In 1989 Touchstone Theatre, previously located on the North Shore, made its Chicago debut at the Theatre Building with a splendid revival of The Seagull. Ina Marlowe’s sensitive staging fully registered the pathos of Chekhov’s first great play, an uncompromising portrait of unrequited love and thwarted ambition. There was much to […]

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Chicago Sinfonietta

Laudably, none of the composers on this Chicago Sinfonietta program is a household name; in fact the only work with a familiar ring is the Carmen Suite, a clever arrangement of themes from Bizet’s opera by the Russian modernist Rodion Shchedrin (who wrote it for his wife, the ballerina Maya Plisetskaya). Jan Vorisek was a […]

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Whining in Rogers Park

Re: “Rogers Park Diary,” February 25 Perhaps poets lack sufficient intestinal fortitude to thrive in a challenging urban community. Ms. Elenbogen whines. Rogers Park is dirty and filled with litter. Drug dealers conduct business on our street corners. Mailboxes are looted. Apartments are burglarized. One walks “aggressively” and one does not feel safe enough to […]

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The Sports Section

The atmosphere in the Bulls locker room was anything but ecstatic after their 111-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings last Saturday. Throughout the first half of the season, the Bulls prided themselves on being a well-coached and efficient team, but they were now so out of sync that not even a 17-point win could hide […]

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3D TV Dali Drama at the Folio Theatre In a world besotted with television, why would a young theater company decide to use its time away from the box to create ersatz TV? That was the question that kept bedeviling me during Twenty Nothing, Jeff Leiber’s mildly diverting, indifferently performed one-act, one half of the […]

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Spot Check

SKATALITES 3/18, METRO Long considered Jamaica’s first important ska group, the Skatalites are touring in support of their first legitimate domestic release, last year’s Ska Voovee (Shanachie). The group formed in the early 60s but split up in 1966, and despite a few intermittent attempts at reforming–largely fueled by the British ska revival spearheaded by […]

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The Spew Police . . . Suffergush Returns and Two Wheels Good

Restraint is not the first word that comes to mind with the Curious Theatre Branch. These artists’ near operatic-length productions have often seemed the playgrounds for their rare imaginations–from Bryn Magnus’s twisted fairy tale Natural Hostages to Beau O’Reilly’s blue-collar comedy Let the Dolly Do the Work to Jenny Magnus’s highly conceptual In. But with […]

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The Great Mail Robbery

Sir or Madam: I have been away from Chicago for six months. So it is possible that Dina Elenbogen’s “Rogers Park Diary” [Our Town, February 25] was not the lamest, weakest, most maudlin piece of saccharine fruitcake I have ever seen. But I read of her shock at the fact that her purloined mail is […]