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Concert of Remembrance

CONCERT OF REMEMBRANCE The Terezin Collection–a sampler of four short works composed by eminent Jewish musicians imprisoned in the “model” concentration camp at Theresienstadt, near Prague–isn’t a showcase of masterpieces. But the music interests us because it inspired the composers’ fellow inmates during horrific hardships; it moves us because these musicians had the strength and […]

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Susan Hadley’s new piece for Hubbard Street, Blue Grass, is filled with good ideas and agreeable surprises. Set to music by Nashville fiddler Mark O’Connor and his guests (Pinchas Zukerman, among others), it doesn’t simply ride the musical waves of Cajun, western swing, and bluegrass; rather Hadley reverses our expectations, both […]

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Rich Corpolongo

RICH CORPOLONGO The stocky figure Rich Corpolongo cuts on a bandstand doesn’t hint at his sleek and flighty reed work. Corpolongo’s an equal opportunity virtuoso: on alto and especially soprano saxophone, he combines dead-on intonation and a rare malleability of timbre; on clarinet, he distinguishes his sound with a breathy subtone that adds a buzzy […]

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The Dead Man’s Cafe

THE DEAD MAN’S CAFE, John Ierland Productions, at the Theatre Building. Laurence A. Mesirow didn’t set out to write a mess–it just happened, like toxic spills and gridlock. The Dead Man’s Cafe may mean well but it means nothing. In this painfully inept, stiff, confusing screwball comedy, a passel of idiotic tourists confront stereotypically horny […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Least competent magician: According to an Australian Broadcasting Commission report in June, Luke Dow, recuperating in a hospital in Mount Isa, was considering a lawsuit against an unnamed magician as a result of a recent performance during which Dow had volunteered to assist in two stunts. First, the magician was to knock a […]

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The Duchess of Chicago

THE DUCHESS OF CHICAGO, Light Opera Works, at Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University. Written in 1928 by Emmerich Kalman, this late-blooming Viennese operetta offers a chance to see ourselves as others saw us. Condemned as “decadent music” by the Nazis, The Duchess of Chicago depicts the tempestuous romance of Mary Lloyd, the filthy-rich heiress of the […]

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Writer Overboard

Simulticity Neo-Futurists and Hope and Nonthings at the Neo-Futurarium By Justin Hayford Playwright Ian Pierce has a problem with reality. But then, all good playwrights do. Unlike ethnographers, who strive to reproduce life without altering it, thoughtful playwrights routinely redefine reality in their own terms, constructing controlled models of potentially volatile situations and using the […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I’ve got this predicament. I’m a 21-year-old lesbian who has worked at my present job for about a year. For the last month I’ve been working with a 17-year-old boy intern who has just recently come out. We’ve developed quite a rapport. The other day I described a recent shopping trip to pick […]

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Bits and Misses

Skatt Annoyance Theatre, through September 24 Catbox Cabaret Cats’ Eye Theatre at the Pumping Company, through September 18 Horseshoe Live Bait Theater, through September 13 By Jack Helbig Afamous early cabaret–Le Chat Noir–opened in 1881 in Paris, and by the turn of the century there were cabarets flourishing in every major European city. These underground […]

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Spot Check

CHESTNUT STATION 8/28, EMPTY BOTTLE This mostly local aggregation, named for the movie theater at Clark and Chestnut and fronted by Plush drummer and sometime Royal Trux sideman Rian Murphy, is determinedly ragged, lurching through evocative sketches of ballads and rockers that are resolutely uncinematic, even when Eleventh Dream Day guitarist Rick Rizzo can’t hold […]