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Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding

When avant-garde director and theorist Richard Schechner some 20 years ago called for “all the spaces in a theater [to be] actively involved in all aspects of the performance,” I don’t think he had in mind Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding. Yet this freewheeling, audience-interactive re-creation of a contemporary Italian wedding is living proof of the […]

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Memento Mori

Live Bait Theater. Northwestern University pathologist F. Gonzalez-Crussi has tried to bridge the ever-widening gulf between art and medicine. In his essays, employing a style he calls “medical magical realism,” he conducts literary autopsies, discussing death both clinically and artfully, with “one hand holding the scalpel, the other the pen.” But however insightful Dr. Gonzalez-Crussi’s […]

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The Smart Museum’s current exhibit, From the Oceans of Painting, examines 400 years of India’s folk, tribal, and popular urban painting traditions. This 1985 watercolor by artist Gauri Chitrakar is an example of jarano pata, or scroll painting, which is used as a visual prop in story telling. The painters and storytellers belong to low […]

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John Bruce Yeh And Easley Blackwood

As founding members of the Grammy-winning Chicago Pro Musica, Easley Blackwood and John Bruce Yeh have collaborated regularly since 1979, but it wasn’t until last year that Blackwood, a renowned composer, wrote works specifically for Yeh, a longtime Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist. Both pieces, Sonata for Clarinet in A and Piano and Sonatina for Piccolo […]

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Carpenter’s Gothic

In the Mouth of Madness Rating *** A must see Directed by John Carpenter Written by Michael De Luca With Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jurgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover, Bernie Casey, Peter Jason, and Charlton Heston. In the Mouth of Madness isn’t John Carpenter’s best horror movie to date, but it may well be […]

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Cementville

Mary-Arrchie Theatre. The first full-length play by the pseudonymous “Jane Martin” (of Talking With… fame) focuses on the world of professional female wrestling. There are no holds barred in this black comedy (which includes a Lorena-style amputation): Cementville employs industrial-strength language, cartoon violence, and louder-than-life conflicts to depict what the women call “shit work for […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Judge Salvador Rosas refused to permit Peter Erlinder to be represented by his lawyer of choice last December in a Saint Paul trial. Erlinder had been charged with slamming his fiancee to the ground during a domestic argument, provoking her to call 911 and accuse Erlinder of assault. Several days later his fiancee, […]

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Reader to Reader

A husky, somewhat disheveled older man took the last stool at the counter of a small diner near the Greyhound bus station. Beside him sat two gray-haired ladies with suitcases at their feet. He ordered a coffee. After a minute or two, the woman next to him turned and asked, “What do you do for […]

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Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales Bailiwick Repertory If the universe were fair, composer Eric Lane Barnes would have been born 60 years ago. Then his eminently singable, dazzlingly clever Tin Pan Alley confections, with their clear, unencumbered melodies, witty patter, and honest-to-goodness verses before the refrains, would have made him the toast of Chicago, New York, Paris, and […]

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I’m Not Sick, I’m Odd

the Journeymen, at the Body Politic. Every writer starts out young. There’s no shame in that. But it is a shame when a writer rushes a play into production long before it’s ready. Such is the case with Matthew J. O’Neill’s pair of one-acts, Guns, Guns, Guns and Small Time, both of which desperately need […]

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The Sports Section

It can be done. We didn’t quite make it all the way this time, but it can be done. We know it now. The Super Bowl can be ignored. Oh sure, we’ve known all along that it’s possible to ignore the Super Bowl–possible for people who would rather read Henry James than watch sports, possible […]