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Mass Murder II

MASS MURDER II Prop Theatre In 1990 the Prop Theatre produced a collection of monologues written from the point of view of several mass murderers/serial killers. Mass Murder proved that there’s a wealth of material in deranged slaughter and no shortage of audience enthusiasm for it. It played to packed houses for 15 weeks. So […]

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Alejandro Escovedo

A few years ago, beset by everything from the demise of his band the True Believers in a haze of drugs and acrimony to the suicide of his estranged wife, Alejandro Escovedo was unquestionably at a personal and professional nadir. Since then he’s slowly emerged from the gloom. At this year’s SXSW festival, he was […]

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Health at the Tribune: 1.Beck’s Bad Ploy/2. A Story Is Born/3. The View from the Tower

Health at the Tribune: 1.Beck’s Bad Ploy The Tribune’s lodestar whenever it ponders public policy is its faith in the gluttonous inefficiency of big government. It’s a sturdy faith that’s led the Tribune to question the health-care schemes of the Clinton administration every step of the way. A ripe example of institutional skepticism was the […]

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Field & Street

Dear editors, After Jerry Sullivan’s departure from the Field & Street, I looked forward to whom the Reader would choose to write the column. By the third post-Jerry article, I realized the Reader was testing future prospects on us, your readership. Pete Leki writing March 11’s issue woke me from a long bus commute with […]

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Katerina Izmailova

During the dark days of censorship in the Soviet Union–from World War II to glasnost–about the only endorsed performing arts were ballet and opera. No expense was spared when it came to sumptuous revivals of 19th-century masterpieces that ironically (or intentionally) recalled Russia’s imperial past, so most of these productions featured stellar casts and top-notch […]

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Kids’ Stuff

* THE HUDSUCKER PROXY (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Joel Coen Written by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and Sam Raimi With Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman, Charles Durning, John Mahoney, Jim True, and William Cobbs. A black man called Moses but who might as well be named Rastus serves as the narrator for […]

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Mordine & Company Dance Theatre

Shirley Mordine recently announced that she doesn’t want to rely on her previous success with “the well-made dance.” And judging by the excerpts from Edge Mode shown at an open rehearsal, her newest work is open-ended, intuitive, and a little frayed, rawer and less dancerly than many of her recent efforts. Dardi McGinley spends long, […]

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Social Cleansing

Hey Patrick Griffin: How ’bout we ban these quirky persuasive essays altogether? I’ll tell you what’s wrong with a ban on smoking [March 18], you don’t smoke anymore. Cuz if you did, at some point in time during the writing of this piece, you’d have come to the grave conclusion that it won’t just stop […]

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The Secret in the Shed

It was the stench coming from my neighbor’s toolshed that led police to the grizzly truth. They hacked off the padlock with an ax, whipped open the door, and found the shed packed with dozens of stuffed garbage bags. Jim had always seemed kind of antisocial. He went to work at the post office, but […]

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Richard Thompson

It’s difficult to fix precisely the brand of anachronistic fever that infects the songs of Richard Thompson. Without specific references, he manages to conjure up the baleful events of distant times: you think of a troubadour mucking through an Arthurian miasma, a Jacobin hanger-on agog at the beheading of Danton, or maybe something more grisly–he […]

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Barkin’ Bill

Don’t let the nickname fool you: Bill Smith doesn’t bark the blues, he croons them in a mellow baritone reminiscent of Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, and other great jazz balladeers. Bill traces his career back to early gigs with the late guitarist Tampa Red; like Tampa, he combines the musical instincts of a jazz musician […]

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Regarding: “A Poem for McDonald’s” by S.L. Wisenberg [January 7] In this era of ever increasing sellout to commercial aspects of one’s art, S.L. Wisenberg’s process of writing a poem for a corporate giant to whom she cannot relate articulates with style the temptation artists feel to make art “at any price” regardless of the […]

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The Sleep of Reason

THE SLEEP OF REASON Bailiwick Repertory Francisco Goya’s 14 “black paintings” open a window on a great painter’s quiet agonies: the man who made them had been deaf for over three decades. Despite the aging painter’s serious illness, from 1821 to 1823 he poured into these murals a silent torment, painting not just with brushes […]