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Master of Reality

Autumn Tale Rating *** A must see Directed and written by Eric Rohmer With Marie Riviere, Beatrice Romand, Alain Libolt, Didier Sandre, Alexia Portal, Stephane Darmon, and Aurelia Alcais. By Jonathan Rosenbaum At 79, Eric Rohmer is obviously a master, though one might argue he was a master 30 years ago when he made My […]

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Dick

Two teenage girls (Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams) touring the White House in the mid-70s stumble upon some secrets of Richard Nixon (Dan Hedaya) without realizing what they are, and when things snowball they wind up as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s “Deep Throat” informant. This is silly and shameless stuff that made me laugh […]

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The Blame Game

The sound you heard in the dark was chickens coming home to roost. The recent spate of power outages, including the series last week that disabled parts of downtown for up to 11 hours, has Mayor-for-Life Richard M. Daley sputtering and fuming at Com Ed and its chairman, John Rowe. But who’s really responsible? Daleymissed […]

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The Straight Dope

The following appeared in Chuck Shepherd’s “News of the Weird” feature. Can this really be? Fill me in, please! –Suzette, via the Internet Suzette enclosed the following article: “In 1988 Iranian Merhan Nasseri, then 46, landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris after being denied entry into England because his passport and United Nations […]

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Lecture Notes: living large

Minna Bromberg started dieting when she was eight. “It was self-initiated,” she says. “I didn’t like my body. I think it had a lot to do with the feeling that other people would like me better if I were smaller. Although it’s interesting when I look at pictures of myself now. I was chubby, but […]

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Just Following Orders

Dear Ben: We were surprised and encouraged to read your article “Lake of Ire” (Chicago Reader, 8-13-99) about the situation at the beaches in Rogers Park. A week and a day after Craig Greenman’s confrontation with the lifeguards at Columbia Avenue beach, we had a similarly frustrating experience. It was a gorgeous, 80-degree day–quite a […]

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Calendar

Friday 8/20 – Thursday 8/26 AUGUST By Cara Jepsen 20 FRIDAY Richard Cotovsky never met Abbie Hoffman, but the bearded, longhaired actor will adopt the late yippie’s persona to kick off Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company’s Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XI theater festival. The weekend-long marathon–which is open to all theater groups and performers–starts at […]

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Burning Down Under

Lots of performers claim to be multicultural, but few straddle as many different cultures as gracefully and powerfully as writer, actor, and spoken-word performer Miles Merrill. Born and raised in Chicago, he’s the product of a very 60s-style mixed marriage: his father was a Black Panther, and his mother could trace her ancestry back to […]

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Close to the Chest

Unfortunately, Craig Greenman’s experiences attempting to swim at a lakefront beach [August 13] are similar to my own. He quoted a lifeguard as saying, “If you want to swim, go to a Park District lap pool. The lake’s not for swimming, it’s for playing.” I think this attitude is the crux of the problem. This […]

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Holiday

HOLIDAY, Headstrong Theatre. Pleasant but amazingly predictable, Philip Barry’s 1928 social comedy was penned as a Jazz Age wake-up call to audiences to resist the “reverence for riches” that, then and now, threatens to sour the immediate enjoyment of life and love. Here the prospective marriage between a conventional heiress and a poor but worthy […]

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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 […]