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MacHomer: The Simpsons Do Macbeth

Canadian performer Rick Miller leads a double life. Half the time he’s a serious actor, declaiming the Bard’s poetry in parks and theaters across Canada and the United States with the Montreal-based Repercussion Theatre. The other half this phenomenal impressionist plays the fool, doing comic impersonations of actors and pop stars in stand-up clubs and […]

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Kapoot

KAPOOT, Lid Productions, at Strawdog Theatre Company. They’re made up in whiteface, but these are not your usual Marcel Marceau wannabes. Flog and Plotz–the clowns comprising the cast of Kapoot–are grotesque creatures with death’s-head visages (allegedly based on the masked demons of Hopi and Zuni mythology) dressed in striped suits like prison uniforms and headgear […]

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Commedia Divino e Profano: Or, Scourge of the Doom Pies!

COMMEDIA DIVINO E PROFANO: OR, SCOURGE OF THE DOOM PIES!, Tripaway Theatre, at TinFish Theatre. It’s not surprising that the once transgressive form of commedia dell’arte has now been mostly relegated to college classrooms and historical re-creation societies. Even when stripped down, commedia involves unparalleled challenges, requiring performers to be lightning quick, razor sharp, and […]

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Heather MacRae

HEATHER MACRAE Heather MacRae’s cabaret show Songs for My Father, which features tunes her dad, Gordon, sang in the 1950s movie musicals he made with Doris Day and Shirley Jones, could easily have been just another evening of breezy nostalgia. MacRae has her father’s engaging earnestness (as well as his strong chin and apple cheeks) […]

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Marked Tree

MARKED TREE, Seanachai Theatre Company, at the Theatre Building. Playwright Coby Goss does an excellent job of extrapolating from historical accounts of the 1913 murder of a pregnant 19-year-old in Arkansas that resulted in the state’s last sanctioned hanging. His characters, many of whom had the motive and opportunity to commit the crime, are distinct […]

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Dave Moore

DAVE MOORE Playing a mix of country balladry, rockabilly, blues, and even Mexican conjunto, singer-songwriter Dave Moore has managed to impress the hard-core folkies even as he’s gained a broader audience. Doubtless the genre-bending has helped distinguish him from the pack, but his real gift is the ability to evoke powerful emotions with graceful understatement–and […]

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Mountain Goats

MOUNTAIN GOATS At the end of his 1994 tune “Seed Song” John Darnielle, the singer and guitarist who calls himself the Mountain Goats, closes his tale of a disastrous drought by singing “I know you’re waiting for the ironic ending / And I know you’re waiting for the punch line / And I know you’re […]

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Senator Who?

By Mario Kladis Peter Fitzgerald came all the way from Inverness to march in last Saturday’s Bud Billiken parade. It was his first time, and hardly anyone knew him. But the senator refused to go unnoticed. King Drive looked as wide as the Mississippi, and most of the paraders were happy to sit in the […]

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There I Was

THERE I WAS, at Live Bait Theater. Picture Walter Mitty as a mousy female office temp and you have the entertaining premise of Jennifer Biddle’s one-woman show, part of Live Bait’s “Fillet of Solo Festival.” But Biddle’s character, Mabel, does not so much try to avoid her life as simply revel in her own creations. […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories According to a July dispatch from the Agence France-Presse news service, on September 9 some citizens of the former Yugoslavia will announce the creation of an Internet version of their country as it was before 1991, complete with citizenship papers and passports. They hope to eventually apply for United Nations membership. Cyber Yugoslavia […]