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Magical Medium

MINUTES AND SECONDS Cook County Theatre Department Twenty years before Einstein revolutionized science with his theory of general relativity, physicists Albert Michelson and Edward Morley, holed up in a basement in Cleveland, split a beam of light into two perpendicular rays, hoping to prove the existence of ether, a mythical substance scientists for centuries had […]

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Blue Aeroplanes

Over the course of a ten-year career, the Blue Aeroplanes haven’t been a band so much as a large, freewheeling musical co-op. Generally working as a three-guitar sextet, they’ve endured countless personnel changes, and their records have incorporated up to a dozen regular guest artists. The only remaining member of the original band is lead […]

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F-64

F-64, Bailiwick Repertory. With sexual harassment on campus a hot topic these days, one might hope for some new insight into the subject from Christina de Lancie’s F-64, receiving its world premiere under the direction of its author and David Zak. The title is photographic jargon for an aperture setting that allows one to keep […]

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The Straight Dope

Whenever I watch an old Tarzan movie on TV, right when Tarzan and a few of the intruding white guys are worried sick and looking high and low we suddenly hear the drums. Tarzan stiffens, puts a hand to one ear, and announces, “They have the girl. She is well, but they will not give […]

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Strange Fish

David Hinton’s Strange Fish is a video performance by the DV8 Physical Theater of London, whose members enact mostly wordless dramas. A single pose can suggest a whole story; bodies butt against one another with startling directness. At their best–I was once able to see them live–they are extraordinary; stripped of the usual narrative explanations, […]

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The City File

Can I get one autographed by Paul Sereno? For the person who has everything: a California company is selling fossilized dinosaur dung at $11.95 a poop. Why Daley will win, according to Salim Muwakkil in In These Times (October 31): “Few black leaders in this city are willing to contest the argument that an African-American […]

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The Point of Honor

THE POINT OF HONOR, Single Action Theatre Company, at Greenview Arts Center. Joseph Conrad based his 1907 novella The Point of Honor on a legendary 15-year feud that persisted as doggedly as the Napoleonic wars that barely contained it. Prodded by vanity and their peers, two French cavalry officers, Armand D’Hubert and Gabriel Feraud, fight […]

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Hank Crawford

The sweet, singing alto saxophone of Hank Crawford set the mark for soul hornmen from David Sanborn to Maceo Parker. After stints in the 50s with Ike and Tina and the Ray Charles Orchestra, Crawford cut 12 records of his own for Atlantic in the 60s, choice bits of which have recently been collected on […]

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Romanca

ROMANCA, Chicago Actors Ensemble. The Chicago Actors Ensemble fail on a higher intellectual plane than the one on which most Chicago theater companies succeed. So while Jacek Chmielnik’s Romanca certainly isn’t perfect, it’s unpredictable and challenging enough to keep one intrigued for 75 minutes. Translated from the Polish by Charles Kraszewski, the play echoes Frisch, […]

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Cube

The versatile and learned new-music collective Cube is at its funky best in alternative venues like Cafe Voltaire: improvisation-minded and jazz–influenced, the performers–most of them academics–loosen up, ready to turn the space into an intellectual’s cabaret. For this season opener, Cube’s core ensemble–Caroline Pittman (flute), Janice Misurell-Mitchell (voice and flute), Jeffrey Kust (guitar), Patricia Morehead […]