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The Power Failure

THE POWER FAILURE, InPact Theatre Company and Lair Multimedia, at Victory Gardens Theater. On a set that recalls the 60s TV shows The Avengers and The Prisoner–a black-and-white chessboard adorned with small tables, a few chairs, and a white curtain–two men play a game of mental one-upmanship. One is a well-groomed official (Mark Vallarta) who […]

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Lepers

Lepers, Sun Partners, Inc., at the Theatre Building. When Lepers first opened, a little more than three years ago at Cafe Voltaire, it had all the earmarks of a long-running late-night show: a darkly comic script, a taboo-flouting subject (sexual perversity in the 90s), intelligent direction, and lots of nudity. The show moved to Shattered […]

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Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Journeymen, at Angel Island. Eric Bogosian has always seemed more cartoonist than dramatist–a problem that’s easy to overlook when he’s performing, given his incendiary oratorical skills and gift for mimicry. But when Bogosian’s words are spoken by other actors they often seem heavy-handed and repetitive, his targets easy, and his […]

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Opera Factory

Opera Factory Half a century after his death, Manuel de Falla’s stock has risen among musicologists and concertgoers: the epithet “Spain’s greatest composer” is now indisputably his. While he was alive, however, the Cadiz-born Falla invited controversy in his native land by imaginatively marrying Andalusian folk elements with French impressionism, even though the introduction of […]

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Opening Night

For all of John Cassavetes’s concern with acting, this 1977 film is the only one of his features that takes it on as a subject; it also boasts his most impressive cast. During the New Haven tryouts for a new play, an aging star (Gena Rowlands), already distressed that she’s playing a woman older than […]

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Garcia’s Rude and Shrewd

To the editor: I was delighted to read the cover story about Rick Garcia by Jeffrey Felshman [August 30]. The article single-handedly injected loads of honesty into the debate about how to get things accomplished in the lesbigay-transpolitical world. Politics is a messy, power-laden, aggressive game. Elizabeth Birch (of the Human Rights Campaign) says she […]

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Sexless Appeal

Scissor Girls Lounge Ax, September 6 By Monica Kendrick According to the Gavin Web site: “Sarah McLachlan and her manager, Terry McBride, are planning a North American tour for an all-women music festival next July and August, including Emmylou Harris, Suzanne Vega, Tori Amos, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Neneh Cherry, Veruca Salt, Annie Lennox, Natalie […]

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Police Scanner

Tuesday, August 27, 8:15 PM Dispatcher: Somebody go over to 33 W. Kinzie, that’s Harry Caray’s Restaurant. They have a bomb threat, a bomb threat faxed to the restaurant. Says it’s five pages and has sender’s name and phone number on it. Unidentified caller: Squad, was the name ______ and did it say “boom” at […]

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Spike Heels

Spike Heels, Ubiquitous Theatre Company, at Cafe Voltaire. For its inaugural production the Ubiquitous Theatre Company has chosen Theresa Rebeck’s urban comedy about male-female power dynamics and sexual relations in the 90s. Rebeck’s two-act script is sometimes very clever, full of sharp dialogue and charged encounters between potential and former lovers. But certain scenes repeat […]

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Ballpark Frank

“There are many reasons given for the fan apathy surrounding the Sox this season,” sports columnist Ted Cox writes (September 6). Among the reasons he considered, an amalgam of the fans’ contempt for the club’s current regime of owners, the numbing sense that whatever this is, it ain’t baseball that the joint causes in all […]

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Losing His Religion

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Bismarck Theater Every time I go to something with multicultural cachet–an Indonesian shadow-puppet show, a gamelan concert, a Day of the Dead installation–I’m haunted by the scene in Woody Allen’s Sleeper, set 200 years in the future, where Diane Keaton invites her fatuous hip friends over for the evening and one […]

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Whooda Thunkit?

WHOODA THUNKIT?, at TurnAround Theatre. This gently wacky look at unfulfilled dreams, written and directed by Cara DiPaolo, is a playful showcase for Andrew Friedman’s performance of four entertainingly naive monologues framed by the idea that a young filmmaker is presenting them as interviews in a school project. The characters reveal their past hopes without […]