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Faced With Extinction

The Dodo Bird Stage Actors Ensemble By Gabrielle S. Kaplan Emanuel Fried’s intense one-act The Dodo Bird explores what it means to live on the fringes of our society, to be a man who’s failed to achieve the American dream and ceased to live by the culture’s basic standards. The Dodo Bird represents those we […]

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Stranded In The Shallows

The Way I Wear My Hat Martini Productions/Seanachai Theatre Company at the Theatre Building The Dead Lesbian Bailiwick Repertory By Carol Burbank One of the greatest curses of contemporary drama is the dumbing-down of theatrical storytelling. In a culture saturated with sitcoms, identity politics, and sound bites, it’s hard to write multifaceted plays that derive […]

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Symbols And Superheroes

Tatsuya McCoy: Hero Paintings at Ten in One Gallery, through July 13 Bernard Williams: Reconsidering the American West: The African-American Legacy at Jan Cicero Gallery, through July 31 By Fred Camper Geometrical abstraction has long had an underlying idealism: artists from Malevich and Mondrian to 60s minimalists have presented simplified forms as signs of a […]

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News Of The Weird

Lead Stories Construction worker Thomas W. Passmore, 32, filed a lawsuit in April for $3.35 million against four doctors and a hospital in Virginia over the loss of his hand. Passmore admits to having cut off his hand because he believed it to be possessed by the devil and to having refused twice to allow […]

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Metal Fatigue

Metallica Load (Elektra) By Rick Mosher Metallica has always been something of a problem. They’re loud, ugly, and probably armed. Their lyrics, the ones you can decipher, stink. They’re filthy rich and ludicrously popular, worshiped by hordes of white punks on dope. On the other hand, they’ve been responsible for some of the most soul-stirring […]

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Randy Weston

With his towering height (around six six) and placid, noble bearing, Randy Weston might pass for a transplanted Watusi prince–even if he didn’t favor African garb, and even if he had never written the African-inspired compositions that gained him fame in the 50s and 60s, and even if he hadn’t been among the first jazz […]

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Night of Mime

The success of StreetSigns’ Night of the Mime earlier this year demonstrated just how eager Chicago audiences are for a parody of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies credo–a perfectly serviceable page-to-stage adaptation technique but ludicrously overused in these parts. (If you’ve seen ten plays north of Fullerton Avenue in the last ten years, trust me–you’ll recognize […]

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Digging Niches:flamingo attack

The flamingo planter must be discreet, calm, focused. He should have a good grasp of geography, an eye for spatial relations, a valid driver’s license. He must possess extraordinary sangfroid and, if caught, a healthy admiration for the absurd. After all, his nightly task is to creep onto the pristine suburban lawn, stab it with […]

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Caught In The Net

Captured at http://www.cheme.cornell.edu/-slevine/ World Wide Web Fights presents Imelda Marcos vs. Leona Helmsley The Setting Manhattan, 5th Avenue, Gioretties Imported Shoes. Only one pair of black, lamb fetus leather, spiked pumps left. Coming through the front door, freshly released from Club Fed is Leona Helmsley. She spies these oh-so-perfect shoes in the showcase and makes […]

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Across The Emotional Divide

Chicago Moving Company at the Dance Center of Columbia College, through June 29 By Laura Molzahn Seeing Nana Shineflug’s and Bob Eisen’s choreography on the same program was a shock. I’d always thrown them roughly together: they’re both Chicago vets, modern-dance choreographers who’ve been experimenting with and refining their visions for decades, carving out niches […]

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Glamour

Shirley Anderson’s last one-woman show, Big Blonde, was a witty, touching portrait of the decline and fall of a jazz-age party girl, based on Dorothy Parker’s acerbic short story. There Anderson proved herself a capable comic actress, winning laughs with the tiniest gestures and changes in vocal tone. But Anderson’s new solo show, Glamour, reveals […]

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The City File

By Harold Henderson Press releases that caused us to buy a CTA pass. From secretary of state George Ryan: “Panel approves Ryan plan to identify unconscious drivers.” Divorced? Lost your job? “I knew I had to do something,” says an unnamed interviewee in Cognition, magazine of the Church of Scientology of Illinois, “and I knew […]