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Form Follows Dysfunction

Dysfunctional Home at Northern Illinois University Art Gallery, through March 6 Traci Molloy: Still (The Final Chapter) at Artemisia, through February 28 Robert Wilson: The Theater of Drawing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through March 14 By Fred Camper “Dysfunctional Home” at the Northern Illinois University Art Gallery made me think of the antiseptic […]

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Rushmore Wes Anderson’s second feature has some of the charm and youthful comic energy of its predecessor (Bottle Rocket), also coscripted by Owen Wilson, but it also represents a quantum leap. Jason Schwartzman plays an ambitious working-class tenth-grader who’s flunking out of a private school–the Rushmore of the title–because he’s too engrossed in extracurricular activities. […]

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I found myself chuckling over the absurd semantics of the Reader’s February 12 page-one grabber and reference to page eight’s headline, “Aldermania!” The term sums up succinctly and best the madness surrounding Chicago’s aldermanic elections, as demonstrated by the pols and their “henchfolk.” In fact I myself labeled just that the quadrennial (or is it […]

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Edmond, Hypocrites, at the Boxer Rebellion Theater. Paving the way for Northlight Theatre’s Chicago premiere of David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood next month are several off-Loop revivals of the Chicago-bred playwright’s works. On the heels of Wing & Groove Theatre’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago comes this terse, tough drama, premiered in 1982 at the Goodman […]

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Say Goodnight, Gracie

SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE, East Window Theatre Company, at the Greenview Arts Center. Two decades ago Steppenwolf turned Ralph Pape’s 80-minute one-act into a play so intimate the audience felt like eavesdroppers; a sense of urgency made every confession count. But today Say Goodnight, Gracie seems aimless and overfamiliar, the victim of too many Big Chill […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In December workers for an AIDS awareness campaign in Cali, Colombia, constructed and inflated a condom as long as ten football fields and large enough to permit dancing inside as part of a local celebration. The Denny’s restaurant chain, which paid $45 million in 1994 to settle a lawsuit brought by African-American customers […]