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Four

FOUR, About Face Theatre. Christopher Shinn’s Four, being given its U.S. premiere by the ambitious About Face Theatre, is a creepy, cryptic slice of lifelessness. Written in the verisimilitudinous style of screenwriter-director Mike Leigh, it follows two mismatched, emotionally inert couples stumbling through a long Fourth of July evening. Middle-aged black college professor Joe hooks […]

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Seeing

Seeing These five films by Stan Brakhage–one from each decade of his career–are part of a surrealism series presented by Doc Films and the Smart Museum of Art. Yet Brakhage’s work explores every variety of visual consciousness, from dreaming to waking to imagining to discovering previously unimagined sights through film. Window Water Baby Moving (1959) […]

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Shlemiel the First

SHLEMIEL THE FIRST, Pegasus Players. There are messes and there are messes. Some mind-blowing messes are wonderful, resulting from an overflow of inspiration; Oobleck and the Curious Theatre Branch specialized in this kind of show in the early 90s. And then there are the shows like Shlemiel the First, shows that exhibit no inspiration or […]

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Classical Gas

Dear Reader; I have read the lame classical reviews in the Reader for years and never commented, but this week’s review of Tristan und Isolde [February 18] has prompted me to respond. There have been naive statements such as the reviewer a few years ago (in all fairness, not Lee Sandlin, I think) who wondered […]

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Much Too Late for Goodbyes

More than once my husband begged to leave the hospital–or more accurately, he tried to escape it, his hospital gown flapping, his eyes wide and desperate as he shuffled to an elevator and frantically pushed the button. That was several weeks after he’d entered Rush-Presbyterian-Saint Luke’s for detox–after he’d gone to a substance-abuse treatment center, […]

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Shoot the Bull

Guys, guys! Everyone knows Bulls general manager Jerry Krause is short, overweight, and loyal to his boss. Why won’t you give it a rest? Bernie Lincicome, Tribune. Favorite Nickname: Crumbs. Nickname II: Super clerk. Fat Joke I: “The idea of either [Tim] Duncan and/or [Grant] Hill ever playing for the Bulls is as likely as […]

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Food for Thought

In reading Laura Levy Shatkin’s review of Soju, the Korean restaurant in Wicker Park named after a vodkalike Korean distilled liquor, I thought that you might be interested to know that while the “maki rolls” may be historically influenced by Japan’s occupation of Korea, Korea has adopted them and the Korean term is “kim bab.” […]

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Letter to the Editor

Any empathy that might be felt toward the plight of Ms. Moore [“Kicking and Screaming,” February 18] evaporated when I read that she moved into CHA in 1966. She justifed her long tenure with the statement that, “It [public housing] gave me a sense of independence…. Because I was living in public housing, I was […]

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Kingdom of Earth

Kingdom Of Earth, A Walk About Theater Company, at National Pastime Theater. The term “self-parody” was often used to describe Tennessee Williams’s dramatic output in the latter part of his career. And certainly Kingdom of Earth (later retitled The Seven Descents of Myrtle) wastes no time on subtlety: consumptive, mother-obsessed Lot has married trashy waif […]

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On Film: return of the incubus

In the early 60s Anthony Taylor, a successful broker with seats on the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as well as an aspiring film producer, was introduced by a friend to director Leslie Stevens. Though Taylor’s experience was limited to some training films for air force pilots, he seized the opportunity […]