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Storytellers

TinFish Productions, at Heartland Studio Theater. Horror is engendered primarily by Things Unseen, which makes it difficult to produce in an externalized medium like the stage. It comes as no surprise, then, that the stories in TinFish Productions’ second annual Halloween show, Storytellers, concerned with the characters’ behavior–Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The New Catacomb” and […]

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Farrakhan Furor/Newsbites

Farrakhan Furor Journalism tells us “what?” but rarely adds “what now?” A million words written after the Simpson verdict and the Million Man March proclaimed a sea change in the relationship between blacks and whites. Yet hard as it peered at the horizon, the reportage established nothing about what those roiling waters will wash ashore. […]

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Aria da Capo

Aria da Capo, National Pastime Theater. Although Edna St. Vincent Millay’s fantastical farce was written for adults, National Pastime Theater’s production uses this poetic, playful one-act to introduce a younger audience to theatrical styles and devices. In Millay’s script, a sort of director-producer-higher power named Cothurnus allows actors to perform according to his divine whims. […]

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Action and Distraction

Strange Days ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Kathryn Bigelow Written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks With Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D’Onofrio, Glenn Plummer, Brigitte Bako, and Richard Edson. In the introduction to his recently published first draft of the Strange Days screenplay, James Cameron offers a candid, […]

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The Gentle Jingoist

Just So Stories Paint Box Theatre at the Raven Theatre Rudyard Kipling was a national institution, and regarded as such by all the world,” begins his obituary in the January 25, 1936, edition of the Times Literary Supplement. Yet “seldom had a famous national institution been the object of more hostile criticism.” Kipling’s work was […]

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Nights of the Blue Rider

This multidisciplinary performing arts festival, hosted by the Pilsen area’s Blue Rider Theatre, runs 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 or more artists, with intermissions between each […]

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Terence Trent D’Arby

Terence Trent D’Arby: pop-soul messiah or hemi-demi-semi genius? It’s a complex issue: D’Arby is full of shit a lot of the time, from his chest-beating pronouncements about his incipient superstardom round the time of his debut Introducing the Hard Line to the song on his second album that warned a gay friend not to make […]

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Gidon Kremer and Vadim Sakharov

Gidon Kremer, a big-league violinist with a large local following, returns in a recital that bears the stamp of his well-known catholic tastes. The lengthy program traverses three centuries and at least five countries. Included are several contrasting pairs: Bach’s “Chaconne” from Partita no. 2 in D Minor and Fratres II for violin and piano […]

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Late Night Catechism

At once nostalgic and satirical, Late Nite Catechism walks a fine line between the saccharine, soporific Nunsense and Christopher Durang’s bitter Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You. At least Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan’s mildly barbed look at Catholic education appeals both to lapsed and practicing Catholics. Which is why, I suppose, this […]

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The Straight Dope

My understanding is that Michael Jackson slyly acquired the copyrights to the entire Beatles library, much to the dismay of his ex-friend Paul McCartney. I also hear that despite much pleading, he refuses to sell any of them back. Does this mean that he can overdub the masters with his own voice? Are we liable […]

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Medeski, Martin & Wood

Continuing to subvert and expand the organ combo–stand-up bassist Chris Wood fills the typical guitar position, joining keyboardist John Medeski and drummer Billy Martin–Medeski, Martin & Wood have set their sights on the stratosphere with their third album, Friday Afternoon in the Universe (Gramavision). Their previous work masterfully assimilated all manner of divergent sounds, seamlessly […]

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Lose the Muse

RE: “A Pair After Moliere,” by Adam Langer, Chicago Reader, 10/6/95, pp. 42-43 I would like to recommend that you expand the first section of your venerable weekly newspaper to include a poetry and fiction section, where Adam Langer’s theatrical reviews would be better placed: his incisive improv-style prose and cutting-edge poetry do not deserve […]