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Arbitrary Censor of Taste

piven.qxd Justin Hayford’s coverage of the Piven Theatre’s production of Orlando (June 12, ’98) was uninformed and irresponsible. There is no trick to being negative or expressing what one doesn’t like. It was written without any theatrical context. The critic seemed to have no knowledge of the Story Theatre form first created by Paul Sills […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 6/26 – Thursday 7/3 JUNE By Cara Jepsen 26 FRIDAY The recent German film Beyond Silence focuses on the conflicts that arise between a girl who can hear and her deaf parents when she decides to take up the clarinet. It’s not an unusual situation–90 percent of deaf parents have offspring who can hear. […]

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Ages of Sin

AGES OF SIN, SummerNITE, at Bailiwick Arts Center. This season’s summer import from Northern Illinois University’s Equity theater ensemble is a collection of four recently recovered one-acts by Thornton Wilder. Drawn from his “Ages of Man” and “Seven Deadly Sins” series, they illustrate his belief that “Humanity is the last thing to be learned by […]

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Mendel The realistic and the expressionistic are delicately balanced in this kid’s-eye view of a Jewish family from Germany who, having survived the concentration camps, relocate to Norway in 1954. Mendel (Thomas Jungling Sorensen), who was born after the war, knows his family is keeping something from him, a secret that seems connected to a […]

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Jump Rhythm Jazz Project

Jump Rhythm Jazz Project For Billy Siegenfeld, dancing off the beat is more than an aesthetic choice–it’s a moral statement. “A whole generation has been conditioned to be on the beat–get the papers in on time, feed the correct command to the computer, and so on,” he said in an interview in Dance Magazine. “Syncopation […]

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Kali Z. Fasteau

KALI Z. FASTEAU Most blends of jazz and world music fail because the diverse elements are polished to a glossy finish; multi-instrumentalist Kali Z. Fasteau successfully weds free jazz to Eastern traditional styles without sanding down the edges of either. Since the late 60s Fasteau, a resident of Monroe, New York, has immersed herself in […]

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Trouble in Mind

Robert John Billings: Family Healing Center at Oskar Friedl, through July 3 Whereas a lot of art today seems merely confused, accomplished art at war with itself allows the viewer to feel doubt vividly, to see clearly while standing at the edge of chaos. Combining several media in disruptive ways, Robert John Billings, Rik Ritchey, […]

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The King and I

The King and I No American theater artist more potently blended passionate humanism with mainstream storytelling skills than librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. While his musicals sometimes suffer from unconscious liberal condescension in their portrayal of cultural friction–whether between white and black Americans in the 1927 Show Boat or between Europeans and Asians in this 1951 […]

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Ghost Writers

Billy Bragg and Wilco at Guinness Fleadh, Arlington International Racecourse, June 20 By Kevin McKeough For all Woody Guthrie’s standing as a poet laureate of the American spirit, I doubt that the words to “This Land Is Your Land” would have found their way into any English class without the music. And without those words […]

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The Monogamist

THE MONOGAMIST, Workshop Theatre, at A Red Orchid Theatre. Some men are both too self-conscious and utterly unaware. Christopher Kyle’s title character, Dennis, is a poet in the midst of a midlife crisis who professes the power of monogamy. Then he catches his wife Susan, a feminist professor, in bed with Tim, a shallow slacker. […]