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Nunsense

NUNSENSE, Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre. Marriott’s summer-fluff revival–an inexpensive five-person revue frugally performed on the set of the last show there–is the fourth production of Dan Goggin’s one-joke musical I’ve seen. Where is Christopher Durang when you need him? Give this play an exorcism. The punch-pulling spoof of stagestruck nuns does offer sporadic therapy for recovering […]

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The Cowed Crowd

Any way you look at it, in matters big and small, things went well last week for Mayor Daley. The CTA board shut its ears to the pleas of hundreds of riders and voted to eliminate several runs, as the mayor had requested. The City Council sheepishly went along with his downtown development plan. And […]

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City File

Don’t worry, folks. I’m sure we have that hammer around here somewhere. On April 30 the U.S. General Accounting Office reported that the Defense Department had spent $43 billion that couldn’t be linked “to the items that money purchased.” According to the Progressive Review (the June 25 on-line edition), “The Defense Department Comptroller objected, saying […]

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Don Giovanni

DON GIOVANNI Mozart purists are likely to be turned off by the set for Chicago Opera Theater’s revival of Don Giovanni: the stark backdrop, designed by Todd Rosenthal, evokes the rusty basement of an industrial plant, with the only exit a narrow staircase that seems to ascend to nowhere. But it fits logically into director […]

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Sporting Behavior

Chicago Human Rhythm Project at the Athenaeum Theatre, through July 20 Zephyr Dance Ensemble at the Harold Washington Library, June 28 By Laura Molzahn In my early days of dance partisanship I hated professional sports. Why were all those lunks with brains the size of a polka dot getting tons of money and international exposure […]

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The Straight Dope

If you would return with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear, you might recall that Tonto, the faithful Indian companion to the Lone Ranger, called his boss “kemosabe.” I heard somewhere that kemosabe was the word, in some Native American tongue, for chicken sh–uh, guano. Considering the Lone Ranger’s habit of sending Tonto into […]

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Jackie Cain & Roy Kral

Jackie Cain & Roy Kral To those hearing bebop for the first time, the 1950s recordings of Jackie Cain and Roy Kral opened an inviting door to a hep new scene; to those already on that scene, they must have seemed a pale shadow of concurrent work by King Pleasure, Annie Ross, and the young […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 7/18 – Thursday 7/24 JULY By Cara Jepsen 18 FRIDAY “Lately, I’ve become accustomed to the way / The ground opens up and envelopes me / Each time I go out to walk the dog. / On the broad edged silly music the wind / Makes when I run for a bus… / Things […]

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Feature sidebar

By Cate Plys Everyone wants to get rid of the aldermen. Many Chicagoans have less decorous or legal methods in mind, but reducing the council’s size has been studied and debated for decades. There are arguments against it. “May I say this to you?” asks Alderman Bernard Stone. “Anybody who’s ever served in this council […]

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Joy Lynn White

JOY LYNN WHITE Although “Too Big for This Town,” the opener on Joy Lynn White’s third album, The Lucky Few (Little Dog/Mercury), tells the familiar tale of escaping a stifling small town, it doubles nicely as an expression of her liberation from the Nashville machine. White made a pair of better-than-average straightforward country albums for […]

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All That Jazz

laugelli.qxd In Peter Margasak’s piece on Arto Lindsay [Rock, Etc., June 27] a couple of errors were made; one factual, and another, admittedly, a matter of opinion. First, Mr. Margasak claims that Arto Lindsay never recorded with the Lounge Lizards. In fact, Arto Lindsay did record with them and can be heard on the Lounge […]

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Battleaxe Betty

Battleaxe Betty From its founding five years ago, the Factory Theater has excelled at wacky comedies and camp send-ups of cult films, like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Attack of the Killer B’s. But over the last two years or so the company’s sense of humor has deepened: the Factory folks have shown that […]

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The Overexamined Life

“Justine Bateman” Great Beast at Urbus Orbis, through July 31 By Justin Hayford Satire, said C.P. Snow, is the last resort of the powerless. So it’s no surprise that in the years since World War II, when America planted itself atop the international heap (at least in its own collective consciousness), the satiric spirit in […]

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Armed and Dangerous

young.qxd As the father of Andrew Young, the young man whose murder by handgun was examined by Tori Marlin in “Dealing Death” [June 6], I have to take exception to the comments sent in by Todd Field of Wheeling [Letters, June 27]. The standard propaganda of the National Rifle Association, repeated almost verbatim by Field, […]