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Savage/Love and Lovesick

ClothMother Productions, at Footsteps Theatre. Requited love is a short circuit, Samuel Beckett once darkly quipped. Not a problem in Caryl Churchill’s 1967 barbed seriocomic radio play. In Lovesick no love goes requited, and the unhappiest character is the guy at the center of it all, a selfish, manipulative psychiatrist who’ll do anything to win […]

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Faith Healer

In their three separate monologues Frank, an itinerant healer, his wife Grace, and his manager Teddy agree on only one thing when it comes to that evening in a Ballybeg bar: an incident occurred that would result in two of them committing suicide. Playwright Brian Friel teases us with the details of that traumatic night […]

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A Man of the Moment

Hello, Bob Retro Theatre at the Chopin Theatre I Came to New York to Write Aardvark at the Organic Theater Company Greenhouse The biographical note at the back of Robert Patrick’s Cheep Theatricks notes that “Mr. Patrick lives in a brown suede suitcase and is available for travel wherever his plays are done.” Indeed, the […]

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Catholic Guilt

Dear Reader: With regard to the Naked Lunch censorship story at the University of Chicago [September 29], it is odd that the Reader’s editors are shocked by the fact that pornography was considered a serious matter in Chicago 37 years ago. Now, of course, in our more liberated age, characterized by explosive growth rates in […]

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A Slap in the Farce and A Matter of Wife and Death

Single Action Theatre Company, at Raven Theatre. This evening of two seldom-performed short plays by 19th-century French playwright Eugene LaBiche, a master of the boulevard farce, successfully entertained the popular audience by mocking the conflicts and tensions of domestic life. Unfortunately, Single Action’s production doesn’t make LaBiche’s work relevant to a contemporary audience; sitting through […]

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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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Sleepwalker

Sleepwalker, at Cafe Voltaire. Dreaming, the body remains inert while the mind goes a-roaming, but when one sleepwalks things are the other way around. This simple observation provides one of the clues that the sleepwalker in Jim McDermott’s one-character play discovers, but only after she’s somnambulated for several nights through classically Jungian glades. (“I love […]

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Acts of Contrition

Terrapin Theatre, at Stage Left Theatre. If the American media dehumanized the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman and the grief of their families by making O.J.’s trial into entertainment, Joseph Fedorko does the opposite in his intelligent new play: he gives the made-up story of a woman whose husband was murdered a […]

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Soft and Hard

This 48-minute video was made by Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville for English television in 1985. It shows Godard and Mieville at their home in rural Switzerland and in many ways is the most intimate and domestic of Godard’s works, one that also broaches the question of what distinguishes film from video; it can be […]

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Reader to Reader

When I sought to buy Marilyn Monroe stamps recently, the clerk at my local post office substation said they didn’t have them. “I’ve been trying to get them for some time,” I responded. “When do you expect to have some?” “I really can’t say,” she replied. “They were due five days ago. They might be […]