A showcase for generally unknown, mostly young pro, semipro, and student directors, this monthlong event features productions ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material, all in the service of what Bailiwick press materials proclaim “a new world vision.” Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 883-1090. Opens Sunday, October 1, 7:30 […]
Eliot Feld is a formalist, but lucky for us he’s not one bit respectful or dignified. Using Bach’s Brandenburg concerti for a piece like Common Ground, he doesn’t seem to think about the composer’s venerable reputation–he listens to the excitement in the music, matching it phrase for phrase, his dancers breaking down like jointed toys […]
Body Gun, Ltd., at Stage Left Theatre. Vincent Mulvihill is one of a strange breed of actors. Catch him after a show or watch him explain the rules for an improv he directed and you’ll think, “Here’s an interesting, intelligent, nice person. I’ll bet he’s great onstage.” You’d be wrong. Because more often than not […]
Plasticene, at the Chopin Theatre. This disorienting, overstimulating web of self-conscious, ritually repetitive physical theater makes the audience work for its metaphysical supper. Developed by director Dexter Bullard in collaboration with Plasticene, Doorslam creates a paranoid dream out of four actors, three doors, a chair, a rolled-up newspaper, a hat, projected images, and a coffee […]
Carl Franklin (One False Move) directs his own adaptation of a Walter Mosley mystery novel set in Los Angeles in 1948, and what’s most memorable about it is the period flavor, including a detailed and precise account of the jim crow complications blacks had to contend with. Denzel Washington is hired to track down a […]
100. Lou Reed in “Coney Island Baby”: “I’m sending this one out to Lou and Rachel…” 99. “Satisfaction.” 98. The lack of inflection in Johnny Cash’s vocals on “Ring of Fire.” 97. The clattery drums and gentle guitar washes in Pavement’s “Summer Babe.” 96. Bob Mould groaning “I’m hardly getting over it” on Candy Apple […]
Carter Martin’s 30-minute Preservation of the Song is far from perfect cinema. The cinematography isn’t consistent from scene to scene, and the editing often advances the story by fits and starts; one never feels a fluid narrative progression. But it has an emotional authenticity that most slicker films lack, stemming from the story’s autobiographical roots. […]
The view in the mirror was frightening: my eye was swollen and intricately bloodshot. My wife said it looked like it was about to pop out of my head.
Other festivals run one weekend, maybe two or three; this one, hosted by the Pilsen area’s Blue Rider Theatre, runs three months–through December 17, with shows most Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM, as well as children’s matinees on selected Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. Most evenings feature two […]
Homework **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Abbas Kiarostami Through the Olive Trees *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Abbas Kiarostami With Hossein Rezai, Tahereh Ladanian, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farhad Kheradmand, and Zarifeh Shiva. At the Toronto film festival earlier this month Canadian filmmaker Clement Vigo recalled the memorable response of Winston Churchill to pressure to […]
The true story of the University of Chicago and William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch
Just in time for the cool weather, guitarist Kenny Burrell hits town, and you almost wonder if it’s just a coincidence. Burrell has taken an essentially cool approach to his instrument from the moment he came on the scene in the mid-50s and established himself as the guitar voice of hard bop. He seemed to […]
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