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Pinteracts

PINTERACTS, Writers’ Theatre Chicago. Keeping the romance alive isn’t easy after ten years of marriage, but the stodgy suburban couple in Harold Pinter’s The Lover stoke the fires with elaborate games that liberate them from their upper-class inhibitions (he plays a scruffy park superintendent, she’s a vulgar dollymop). Then one partner begins to introduce disruptive, […]

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The Right Fluff

The Busy Body Out-of-the-Box Theatre at Bailiwick Arts Center The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret Stage Left Theatre By Carol Burbank Although Susanna Centlivre was one of the most successful English playwrights of the 18th century, it’s a surprise to see two revivals of her work this month in Chicago. Theater scholars know of […]

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Playhouse Creatures

PLAYHOUSE CREATURES, Wax Fruit Theatre Company, at Footsteps Theatre Company. Backstage secrets can be the very stuff of drama, particularly when they draw on history and excite the imagination, as in this wickedly intelligent Wax Fruit Theatre staging of Playhouse Creatures. April de Angelis’s drama introduces modern audiences to five of the first actresses allowed […]

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Clusone Trio

CLUSONE TRIO There’s no better introduction to the wild and woolly Dutch jazz scene than the Clusone Trio, with drummer Han Bennink (a patriarch of the scene), cellist Ernst Reijseger (a second-generation master), and reedist Michael Moore (an American transplant). Although he’s the drummer on Eric Dolphy’s Last Date, Bennink is best known for his […]

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Chicago Moving Company

Chicago Moving Company Not every artistic director can step back and say, “You do it this time.” But that’s what Nana Shineflug–who’s powered the Chicago Moving Company since 1972–has done this year for the troupe’s spring concert, offering a place in the choreographic spotlight to two current company members, one former member, and a longtime […]

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Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

Contemporary Vocal Ensemble North of the border, Mexican composer Mario Lavista is almost unknown outside academic circles. In his native country, however, he’s recognized as the most influential musician since Carlos Chavez: he ushered in the New Instrumental Renaissance, a movement that emulated the European avant-garde and its desire to expand the ways Western instruments […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories When farmers are done for the day, pigs start to party, said agricultural researchers in Reading, England, in an April London Daily Telegraph article. According to Nick Bird of the research firm Farmex, pigs eat, drink, and roughhouse until about midnight before retiring for the evening, at least in buildings that are well-lighted. […]

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Evan Parker

EVAN PARKER Saxophonist Evan Parker is a bona fide giant of free improvisation, and for more than two decades his collaborations with peers like Derek Bailey, Paul Lovens, Alex von Schlippenbach, and the late John Stevens, and even his work in the big band of the Stones’ Charlie Watts, have made plain his stunning interactive […]

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Tiger at the Gates

TIGER AT THE GATES, Greasy Joan & Company, at the Chopin Theatre. “The Trojan War will not take place.” So declares the original title (La Guerre de Troie n’aura pas lieu) of Jean Giraudoux’s 1935 tragicomedy. In his variation on Homer’s Iliad, the Trojan prince Hector barters for peace, to no avail: the Greeks want […]

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Deeper Shade of Blue

DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE, Footsteps Theatre Company. In the sisterly spirit of Beth Henley and Wendy Wasserstein, Footsteps Theatre’s coartistic director Jean Adamak has penned and staged a convincing portrait of four friends who work together making greeting cards, women so lifelike they could have stepped from the seats to the stage. Beset with a […]

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Reality Bites

Realty Bites By Erika Erhart I have no idea how much mon-ey is in the bank and I’m not sure if I can borrow against my 401(k), but I thumb through the Tribune’s Sunday real estate section and next thing I know, I’m on the phone with a realtor. I was surprised someone was in […]