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No Flying in the House

No Flying in the House, Lifeline Theatre. Though Mrs. Vancourt prefers her expensive windup toys, initially she has no objection to adopting a stray dog, nor does her housekeeper Miss Peach–especially a talking dog only three inches long. But this talented canine, Gloria, also claims to be the guardian of Annabel, a child given to […]

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Happy End

Prologue Theatre Productions, at the Theatre Building. Though Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s Happy End predates Guys and Dolls by almost a quarter century, it makes that musical look like kid stuff. Charting the now-familiar journey of a sweet Salvation Army worker into the depths of a criminal underworld, Happy End is set in 1919 […]

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How to make an American Quilt

Not bad, especially as an excuse to bring together many of the best Hollywood actresses around–Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Samantha Mathis, Kate Nelligan, Winona Ryder, Jean Simmons, Lois Smith, and Alfre Woodard–not to mention Maya Angelou in a cameo. Jane Anderson’s adaptation of Whitney Otto’s novel focuses on the summer a Berkeley graduate student (Ryder) […]

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Home

Home, Chicago Theatre Company. The play opens with a man performing his morning ablutions as he sings a jubilant hymn to the dawn. In the foreground, off to one side, a woman mimes the daily tasks of farm life. At the other side of the stage another woman recites an ode to the “children of […]

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The Ghosts of Versailles

John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, which wowed audiences in its Met debut four years ago, is less an opera than a theatrical extravaganza, with an ingeniously eclectic, meticulously fashioned score that juxtaposes the Versailles of today and the Versailles of the French Revolution. Leading the cavalcade of ghosts that haunt the palace are Marie […]

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Robin Lakes/Rough Dance

If you’ve ever loved and lost you’ll identify with Robin Lakes’s evening of five pieces, “Before Love Came to Town.” But don’t expect any of that boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl stuff. For one thing, these five dances definitely take the woman’s point of view. For another, Lakes has really messed with that happy-ending formula. The new […]

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Joshua Redman

Three years after his recording debut, the lionization of saxist Joshua Redman has just about reached its conclusion. Having recorded with, among others, his father Dewey (the former sideman with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett), Pat Metheny, and Jimmy Smith; having won awards and polls and acclaim at festivals around the world; having signed a […]

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To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold, Bailiwick Repertory. Paul Harris’s likable if generic comedy charts familiar territory for the gay audience and for those who’ve seen Jeffrey. Heavy on the confessional therapy, it charts the relationship of two gay New Yorkers in their 30s who both have HIV. Knowing they’re “living on death row,” they’re seeking […]

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Passion Play

Romeo and Juliet American Ballet Theatre at the Auditorium Theatre, September 26-October 1 Sexual passion is a physical thing–something you feel in your gut, your groin, and the tips of your fingers–and dance is the perfect vehicle to convey it. In a pas de deux, when the ballerina lifts her chin, arches her back, and […]

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A Piece of My Heart

A Piece of My Heart, Circle Theatre. It’s been 20 years since the fall of Saigon, and despite the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the public record of that contested war is still dominated by accounts of protests and embittered memoirs of behind-the-scenes dirty politics. Yet stories of women veterans, nurses, and other volunteers are rare, so […]

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Bailiwick Repertory’s 7th Annual Directors Festival ’95

A showcase for generally unknown 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. Through October 26: Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 PM. $8 […]