Financial irregularities were discovered recently at the League of Chicago Theatres. But as early as last spring, members like Defiant Theatre’s Jennifer Gehr and B.F. Helman found the league mysteriously short of cash.
School reforms aren’t addressing the real culprit: the American way of teaching.
“Every time I see a group of workers, it seems their wages are falling,” writes local labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan in Illinois Issues (February). “Case one: A big trucking company closed terminals all over the Midwest and started up again under a new name. The company with the new name signed a new contract with […]
Cyrano de Bergerac Rivendell Theatre Ensemble at the Viaduct Theatre by Justin Hayford Edmond Rostand, author of the 1897 “heroic comedy” Cyrano de Bergerac, was in a sense the Ronald Reagan of fin de siecle France. Like many Americans of the 1980s, the French of the 1890s suffered from a kind of present shock and […]
Alberto Mizrahi sings his way from the sacred to the profane and back again.
DISMEMBERMENT PLAN This postpunk band from Washington, D.C., has snatched a creative victory from the jaws of commercial defeat. After two full-length CDs on DeSoto Records, the independent label run by ex-Jawbox bassist Kim Coletta, the Dismemberment Plan signed with Interscope, the home of No Doubt, Primus, Smash Mouth, Limp Bizkit, and Nine Inch Nails. […]
DEAD WHITE MALES, at Boxer Rebellion Theater. Ambitious and often convincing, this world premiere by William Missouri Downs (author of Kabuki Medea and Kabuki Faust, hits at Wisdom Bridge in the 80s) focuses on embattled teachers beset by parents and politicians demanding political correctness, multiculturalism, nonjudgmental grading, religion in the classroom, moral instruction, and the […]
Mudhoney March to Fuzz: Best Of and Rarities (Sub Pop) By Jon Fine My favorite Seattle-late-80s story goes something like this: A dorky bassist in a band newly signed to Sub Pop chats up two disinterested women at a party. As befits a guy of his age and that cultural moment, he talks about his […]
Is there any proven link between the use of antiperspirant and breast cancer in women? –Bill Burson Bill forwards the following E-mail message that’s been making the rounds: BREAST CANCER PREVENTION Not just for women–men, don’t forget to tell mom, cousins, etc. I just got information from a health seminar that I would like to […]
Feydeau’s Folly, Janus Theatre, at Vail Street Cafe. Though his plays enjoyed moderate success at the turn of the century, hindsight reveals Georges Feydeau to be one of the lesser dramatists of his era–a particularly fertile period for challenging new work. Yet Feydeau simply continued in the much earlier vein of his countryman Moliere, borrowing […]
My Heart is crying, crying (the jackie Wilson Story), Black Ensemble Theater. “You’re lucky you sing so good,” a boyhood companion declares to Jackie Wilson in this biographical play. “It’s the only reason we put up with you.” These remarks capture the essence of pioneering pop superstar Wilson, whose swift rise and protracted descent are […]
Friday 3/3 – Thursday 3/9 MARCH By Cara Jepsen 3 FRIDAY Your money or your life? That, essentially, is what citizens living under “corporate capitalism” have to decide, according to social critic David Korten, who believes that our culture must be radically restructured to create “truly democratic, market-based, life-centered societies.” Korten, the author of several […]
ARS MUSICA CHICAGO A couple years ago DePaul musicologist Enrique Arias, president of the early-music ensemble Ars Musica Chicago, learned that thousands of old manuscripts survived in the archives of the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City. While most early-music scholars focus on pre-Baroque western European works, Arias specializes in the musical […]
The Flying Man’s Falling Thoughts Fortunately this is not a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. In this ambitious piece, four dancer-choreographers–Anthony Gongora, Carrie Hanson, Susan Hoffman, and David Marchant–team up with performance artist Doug Stapleton and composer-vocalist Louise Cloutier on a surreal extravaganza of music, movement, visual sleight of hand, and texts […]
Manny Weincord’s Last Chance