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Lecture Notes: divorce over easy

Let’s say you’re finally through with the jerk. You’ve had enough of his oh-so-sincere lies, his hairsplitting excuses, his worthless, blubbering promises that it’ll never happen again. Enough of putting on a smile and pretending not to notice while the whole world wonders why you’re sticking with him. It’s done. You’ve made a decision. You […]

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The Straight Dope

A friend told me about a woman who had a tumor removed from her ovary (or something in that area), and the tumor had hair and teeth. She was young and I think a virgin, so this couldn’t have been the beginnings of a baby. Have you heard of this happening, or is my friend […]

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Twisted History

Necessity Theater Oobleck at Footsteps Theatre By Justin Hayford When it comes to tackling historical figures, Theater Oobleck doesn’t play fair. Whether they set their sights on Sam Shepard or Sigmund Freud, they twist facts and distort reality with shameless glee. Oobleck has no interest in helping us get to know the “real” person behind […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 10/2 – Thursday 10/8 OCTOBER By Cara Jepsen 2 FRIDAY Set in China in 1912, David Henry Hwang’s play Golden Child follows a wealthy Chinese merchant whose flirtation with Christianity turns his household– which includes three wives–on its head. Polygamy is condemned, feet are unbound, people are baptized, and ancestral spirits are ignored. The […]

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English Chamber Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra Since its founding in the 1960s, the English Chamber Orchestra has consistently played Baroque and 18th-century music with a lush intensity normally associated with high Romanticism. If you don’t follow the politics of classical music, you might not be able to imagine in how much contempt such an approach is currently held […]

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Seriously Silly

Gladys Nilsson at Jean Albano, through October 17 Gladys Nilsson: A Print Survey at Printworks, through October 10 Ann Wiens at Byron Roche, through October 17 By Fred Camper The myth of the artist as the true creator of the world has preoccupied Gladys Nilsson off and on for more than two decades and still […]

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Party Pooper

behrens.qxd To the editor: As I read with interest the curiously headlined “Driving the Wedge: How the gay community has hijacked the governor’s race” [September 11], the real problem with politics in Illinois (and across the entire country) slapped me in the face again: that damnable two-party system. We’re told that to support any candidate […]

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Frankenstein in Love

Frankenstein In Love, Urban Legends Production Company, at Live Bait Theater. Promising “harrowing moments,” “brief nudity,” and “graphic violence,” Urban Legends warns that its production is not for the “faint of heart” or the “easily offended.” Which has the same effect as warning television viewers of the “graphic sexual content” of the president’s videotaped testimony: […]

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Madness in the Method

Love Songs David Rousseve/Reality at the DePaul Merle Reskin Theater, September 18 and 19 By Justin Hayford The current craze to create multimedia work usually results in ambitious jumblings of art forms onstage. That “anything goes” aesthetic used to be the bailiwick of performance art, but dance-theater is perhaps the most inclusive genre these days. […]

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Chicago String Ensemble

CHICAGO STRING ENSEMBLE The Chicago String Ensemble, one of only a handful of orchestras in the country devoted to the string repertoire, has weathered periods of constant personnel turnover, including a shake-up in leadership three years ago. But it enters its 22nd season with its trademark velvety tone and eloquent phrasing intact. Director Allan Lewis, […]

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Twin Tragedies

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Court Theatre Death of A Salesman Goodman Theatre By Albert Williams The truth is seldom pure and never simple. –Oscar Wilde The protagonists of Death of a Salesman and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde might seem at first to have little in common. Willy […]

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Feeling Sam’s Sting

Winston Mardis says the liquor control commission’s Serving Alcohol to Minors program was designed to stop underage drinking. The city sends minors into bars, hoping to bust anyone who will serve them. In 1993, the program’s first year, 56 percent of all liquor licensees tested were caught selling to minors. Last year, that figure was […]