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What’s on Your PowerBook?

Michael Patrick Flanagan, Freshman Congressman From Illinois: Double-dare bet from buddies to run Map of Fifth Congressional District My script for neighborhood canvassing Computer darts game How I spent my 1993 earnings ($8,800) How I plan to spend my House salary ($133,600) Mileage records for dad’s Nissan Scanned photos of the Gipper Plot summaries of […]

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Vanya on 42nd Street

In this Louis Malle film Andre Gregory directs a street-clothes production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (as adapted by David Mamet) in the ruins of Mantattan’s New Amsterdam Theatre, which has since been renovated by Walt Disney. Based on actual run-throughs of this play, seen by audiences of only 20 or 30, the film adroitly […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A July article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer described celebrated local artist Matthew Geraci, 35, whose show of “colorful, abstract” fish had opened in a gallery in South Bend, Washington. Geraci suffered “severe brain damage” in a 1989 automobile accident, from which he has largely recovered except for two conditions: He sometimes stares aimlessly […]

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Winters’ Tales

WINTER’S TALES, Griffin Theatre Company. Comedian Jonathan Winters’s lightweight collection of short stories, Winters’ Tales, isn’t fall-out-of-your-chair funny. But most of the material is imbued with the same mischievous sadism that makes his comedy extraordinary. In one story Santa is threatened by a “hijacker doll.” In another a senile train conductor punches the thumbs of […]

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Winter Pageant

If you grow weary at the prospect of another New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, you might seek out the humble magic and mystery of Redmoon Theater’s third annual Winter Pageant. Closer to a traditional masque than to performance art or experimental theater, yet drawing on both these traditions, this show is performed entirely […]

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The Popular and the Populist

Woloba Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago at the Katherine Dunham Theatre of Kennedy-King College, December 8, 10, and 11 The Nutcracker at Arie Crown Theatre, through December 31 Kids’ natural liking for anything loud, busy, and colorful might explain why my eight-year-old daughter preferred Woloba to The Nutcracker, which we saw on the same weekend. […]

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You Can’t Take It With You

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Candlelight’s Forum Theatre. In the increasingly risk-averse, revival-happy world of American theater a producer could do worse than George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about an eccentric, kinda bohemian Manhattan family. The characters are fully realized. The structure is strong, the story nicely paced. And […]

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Film Bios

LA Story. The Beast Within. Murder Most Foul. Bronco Buster. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk. When the Circus Came to Town. Do these six movie titles bring anyone to mind? If you said O.J. Simpson, you already know how to play the Year in Review Movie Title News Game. Just one new wrinkle this […]