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Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

In this day when all the hip performers seem to make a big to-do about questioning, shocking, or enlightening their audiences, Washington, D.C., choreographer Liz Lerman has a simple appeal: she makes dances that attract an audience. Once she has their eyes, ears, minds, and hearts, she might very well question, shock, or enlighten. But […]

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Bitter Homes and Gardens

BITTER HOMES AND GARDENS Latino Chicago Theater Company “America is not Ozzie and Harriet. It’s fat-assed K mart shoppers.” So says Julie, the seemingly normal daughter of alcoholic Ray and eccentric Thelma in Luis Alfaro’s Bitter Homes and Gardens. In this dark comedy about a Hispanic American family, life in suburbia is not what the […]

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The Mekons’ first single, “Never Been in a Riot,” was the birth of postpunk self-awareness: its sarcastic lyrics skewered the Clash’s simpleminded anthem “White Riot” even as its chaotically lurching music outrocked them. The Mekons have sustained a balance between skepticism and exhilaration ever since, while exploring an extraordinarily wide range of musical styles, including […]

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The Mind in Flight

THE NOTEBOOKS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI Goodman Theatre Studio “Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds, towards heaven,” wrote Leonardo da Vinci–though he meant the feathers on quill pens, with which people could write words and draw images. That was the closest human beings could come, he thought, to the physical freedom and […]

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Few plays justify their name like this deservedly popular gay comedy, now independently revived after a successful seven-month run at Bailiwick Repertory. David Dillon’s raucous romp is a free-spirited, unashamedly explicit action portrait of seven gay male friends who gather to play Fact, Fiction, Fantasy, or Flip, a Truth or Dare-style game. A supple vehicle […]

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North Park Trio

The piano trio literature, which contains some of the most felicitous music ever written, is neglected relative to its importance as a chief conveyor of the classical style. That’s why the launching of a new performing trio is welcome news indeed. The North Park Trio is pianist Elizabeth Buccheri, violinist Alison Dalton, and cellist Julie […]