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Loves Light in Flight

Loves Light in Flight, ETA Creative Arts Foundation. Venus Stratford has an entrepreneur husband who treats her like a child. Halsted Bridges has a corporate-dragon ex-wife who treats him like a pet. Halsted’s sister and brother-in-law, Burnetta and Leonard, alternate between fighting and fornicating with the ferocity of tigers, and his best buddy, Earl, is […]

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Rob Mazurek & the Chicago Underground Orchestra

ROB MAZUREK & THE CHICAGO UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA The enthusiastic commingling of disparate ideas is one of the unspoken ideals of jazz, but all too often members of a given group display a predictable homogeneity. Not so with cornetist Rob Mazurek, guitarist Jeffrey Parker, bassist Josh Abrams, and drummer Robert Barry. Mazurek’s brash but lyrical attack […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Technology to make golf less laborious: Two Fremont, California, men recently obtained a patent for a golf club. An explosive charge in the club’s head fires a ball up to 250 yards. (The club is not expected to be approved for tournament play.) Two men who broke out of jail in Rutland, Vermont, […]

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Summer Shorts ’96

Summer shorts ’96, Neo-Futurists. Though the Neo-Futurists’ evenings of “summer shorts” are made up of six works by an impressive array of authors, neither show is sufficiently inventive or developed to command much attention. The two 80-minute “legs,” presented in rotating repertory, intersperse subversive one-acts satirizing middle-class ideals with didactic monologues from David Mamet at […]

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Real Life, Real Death

By Bill Mahin There’s no explanation for why this night has been like watching paint dry. According to conventional wisdom, Mount Sinai’s tiny emergency room at 15th and California should be especially busy. As one of just four trauma centers left in Chicago, ambulances regularly bring the “life-threatened” here from throughout the city to this […]

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Once a Thief

Once a Thief In 1991, while taking a breather between his action films, John Woo churned out a stylish comedy caper starring Chow Yun-fat and Leslie Cheung as comrades in art thievery but rivals in love. Now Woo has taken the amusing premise of a bantering trio on the lam and adapted it for a […]

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Life in the Trees

Life in the trees, SummerNITE Northern Illinois Theatre Ensemble, at Bailiwick Arts Center. Like George Bailey, some contemporary theater is just born old. This pleases theater conservatives, who like to think it’s still 1965 and who prefer revivals anyway, but it chases away younger audiences, who associate theater with the musty smell of old ideas. […]

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FOURPLAY One of the best-selling bands grouped under “jazz” in the CD racks, Fourplay has turned a hefty profit by trafficking in unexceptional dance grooves and contemporary harmonic blandness. But to summarily dismiss the quartet forces you to deny the undeniable musicianship of its members–and the fact that they make this form and format more […]

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The Importance of Being Oscar

The Importance of Being Oscar Irish actor Micheal MacLiammoir is best known to Americans as the insinuating Iago in Orson Welles’s film version of Othello, but that role merely suggests this remarkable artist’s legacy. With his life partner, the English director Hilton Edwards, MacLiammoir made an indelible imprint on modern Anglo-Irish theater; in 1928 the […]