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Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA What’s the best orchestra in the world? These days just about everybody puts the Berlin Philharmonic at the top of the list, and even those who’d rank it second or third have to admit it’s been consistently excellent for far longer than any of its peers: founded in 1882, the orchestra achieved […]

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The Lady’s Not For Burning

THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING, Theo Ubique Theatre Company, at the Wheadon Center for Worship and the Arts. “The moon is nothing / But a circumambulating aphrodisiac / Divinely subsidized to provoke the world / Into a rising birthrate.” These lines from Christopher Fry’s 1948 verse play–delivered by Thomas Mendip, a disillusioned soldier in love […]

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Savage Love

I’m too broke to buy a copy of your book, but I’m dying to know what you decided to do about your son’s circumcision! This is a big issue between my husband and myself. I’m all for circumcision–I don’t want to wash that thing! And what about infections? Teenage boys aren’t exactly hygienic, ya know! […]

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A Rebuttal

Dear Ms. True, My name is Timothy Barnard. I’m writing to register my objection to the deliberate misrepresentation of my position by your Neighborhood News reporter Ben Joravsky for a story in which I am featured in the [October 1] issue of your newspaper. This story concerns the attempts of a bar in Hyde Park […]

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Made From Scratch

First Bi-Annual Midwest Turntablist Competition at the Laboratory, October 9 By Scott Rosenberg The one fan in the room shorted out long ago, and bodies are pressed together in the saunalike heat. It’s a little after nine at night and people–a hundred or so young men and a handful of young women, black, white, and […]

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She Loves Me

SHE LOVES ME, Light Opera Works, at McGaw YMCA Child Care Center Auditorium. This utterly captivating revival of Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s 1963 gem–arguably Broadway’s most intelligent, warmhearted musical–gets it all right. Based on Miklos Laszlo’s Parfumerie (which inspired the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner as well as You’ve Got Mail), it […]

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Cog in the Freak Plan

Theater aimed at adolescents is frequently as dry and didactic as a Sunday-school lesson. But Cog in the Freak Plan, developed by teenagers for teenagers in Free Street Programs’ TeenStreet Theater, takes its cue from hip-hop’s mixing techniques in this tale of a pregnant young woman who, after careful deliberation, rejects the demands of motherhood. […]

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Proper Credits

There was a mistake in my October 8 review of Wing & Groove Theatre’s Three Sisters. The sentences in question should have read: “Ellen Morley’s Olga survives but to no end, and Denise Marunowski’s lovely Irina fades before our eyes. Most wonderful is Marcia Reinhard’s Masha, offering a powerful vision of thwarted love mutating into […]

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Spot Check

CHEVELLE 10/15, METRO Rumors of grunge’s death have been greatly exaggerated. But this youthful local trio of brothers (the youngest, bassist Joe Loeffler, is 18) knows that angst alone, even when expressed with the sheer testosterone of a Helmet or a Tool, is not enough. Not even Steve Albini–who, as pointed out in the press […]

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An Evening With Quentin Crisp

If any performer seems an unlikely choice for the opening of a gay leather/S-M museum, it’s Quentin Crisp. The English-born, New York-based humorist epitomizes the faded-genteel poofter, a persona seemingly at odds with the leather scene’s stereotypical strutting macho image. But the interaction of leather and lace may produce some exciting friction next weekend, when […]

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Whispering City: Great Chicago Ghost Stories

WHISPERING CITY: Great Chicago Ghost Stories, Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Michele Volansky and director Jessica Thebus have collected vintage Chicago ghost stories in this creepy creation–proof that a city’s darker urban legends can be haunting in themselves. Using three revolving doors, the sepulchral set from Steppenwolf’s Side Man, and a supple score by Andre Pluess and […]