SCARED O’ THAT MESSIAH, OR “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT BUDDHA!”, Mom & Dad Productions, at Torso Theatre. You can taste how much director Joe Feliciano and his oh-so-motley cast […]
Last Name First: New Work by Stephanie Brooks at Ten in One, through February 14 John Carmichael: Slumpy in the Clover at Bodybuilder and Sportsman, through February 21 By Fred […]
JUNE OF 44 June of 44 guitarist Jeff Mueller claims that he and his band mates have sworn off the seafaring motif that informed their 1995 debut, Engine Takes to […]
TREME BRASS BAND Modern New Orleans brass bands have been achieving with unself-conscious ease what some of their most earnest blues contemporaries can’t pull off: they fuse rootsiness with progressivism, […]
joravsky.qxd Anyone interested in learning more about the Chicago Community Cord Blood Bank at the University of Chicago, which I wrote about in the January 30 Reader, should call their […]
rose.qxd James Krohe Jr. makes some telling points in his quasi-revisionist view of Richard J. Daley but misses several others and makes a few misstatements of fact along the way […]
Trained as a musician in school, Velizar Shumanov soon found he was becoming a professional activist. While serving in the Bulgarian army, he distinguished himself by organizing a strike. “We […]
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, Stage Actors Ensemble of Chicago, at the Performance Loft. Paddy Chayefsky’s 1956 play is in many ways a middle-aged version of his brilliant 1953 teleplay Marty. […]
schultz2.qxd Joyous Christian Greetings! Is “nuanced” a code word for “fraudulent” in general, or just for “anti-Catholic” in particular? Michael Miner presents the “nuanced” interpretation that Onan was struck dead […]
Alderman Joseph Moore turns a deaf ear to the families he’s trying to evict.
Milly’s Love Show In a city with as many performers as this one, all of them desperate for exposure, it’s surprising there aren’t more shows like Brigid Murphy’s occasional smorgasbord, […]
Why Lisa Madigan seems destined to join her father in springfield.
Wounded Souls, Outcast Productions, at Voltaire. So let’s get this straight: a confused, angry young man named Ned tells an inept priest that he’s deliberately infected a religious woman with […]
Lead Stories Hard times for Canadian strippers: According to December news reports, Mexican authorities have decided that Canadian and U.S. nude dancers will no longer be permitted into the country […]
BEFORE MY EYES, Victory Gardens Theater. Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson writes what he’s lived, and so honestly that Before My Eyes seems both common knowledge and profound revelation. The […]