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Jekyll & Hyde

JEKYLL & HYDE, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. If you wanted to see one show that exemplified everything that’s wrong with the contemporary Broadway musical, Jekyll & Hyde would fill the bill. Overblown, shallow, and utterly undramatic, with annoying pop tunes by Frank Wildhorn and bland, forgettable lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, this show makes Robert […]

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The Sound of One

The Sound of One, Dolphinback Theatre Company, at National Pastime Theater. When this musical by Dolphinback members Ryan McCall and Matt McGaughey begins with the five cast members beaming broadly, holding hands, and playfully nudging one another, it’s difficult not to groan in anticipation of a syrupy coming-of-age story. By the end, though, this production […]

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TRG Music listings

Music listings are compiled by LAURA KOPEN and RENALDO MIGALDI (classical, fairs and festivals) from information available Tuesday. We advise calling ahead for confirmation. Please send listings information, including a phone number for use by the public, to Reader Music Listings, 11 E. Illinois, Chicago 60611, or send a fax to 312-828-9926, or send E-mail […]

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The Player

Voice of Good Hope Victory Gardens Theater By Justin Hayford Kristine Thatcher is that rare mainstream playwright who doesn’t think her audience is stupid. Apparently believing that theatergoers want something more than big emotional displays and reassuring bourgeois homilies, she ponders the intricacies of American electoral politics. How this Chicago writer will ever find success […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Highway patrol officers in Spearfish, South Dakota, arrested a 17-year-old boy in February and charged him with stealing a car in his hometown of Madison, South Dakota. According to police reports in the Madison Daily Leader, the troopers were finishing up a meal at a Perkins restaurant when the boy, who had been […]

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Loud Family

LOUD FAMILY Scott Miller, veteran California popster and patriarch of the Loud Family, counts Jacques Derrida among his favorite writers, but he also loves all six albums by the original Monkees. That isn’t as much of a contradiction as it might seem–like much postmodern lit, the Monkees’ big-screen movie Head is mostly about its own […]

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Site of Frustration

I can appreciate your frustration with the Tribune’s Election 2000 site [March 31]. As a 49th Ward resident, aware of some peculiar things that have happened there recently, I was a bit curious about how Joe Moore piled up his large war chest. So I tried to go to David Orr’s site, which would supposedly […]

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Jimmy Sutton’s Four Charms

JIMMY SUTTON’S FOUR CHARMS If you were to walk into the Green Mill one Tuesday and hear Jimmy Sutton’s Four Charms, you might feel like you’d fallen through a crack in time–back to when the music of Nat “King” Cole and Count Basie’s Kansas City Seven had just begun to give way to the fledgling […]

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Chicago Opera Theater

CHICAGO OPERA THEATER Opera Memphis artistic director Michael Ching’s 1997 one-act, Buoso’s Ghost, picks up where Puccini’s short farce Gianni Schicchi left off 80 years ago. Puccini’s opera–usually staged last on a triple bill titled Il trittico (1918)–ends with the wily peasant Schicchi triumphant in a scheme to trump the greedy relatives of dead Florentine […]

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Mark Dresser Trio

MARK DRESSER TRIO Mark Dresser is a swinging, propulsive bassist with a hefty sound, but when he’s not playing in jazz-related groups–with, over the past two decades, folks like Anthony Braxton, Ray Anderson, Gerry Hemingway, Tim Berne, and John Zorn–he dedicates himself to exploring the nebulous area between free improvisation and composition. In co-op groups […]

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He’s the ‘Baum

Dear Mr. Rosenbaum, Our names are Philip and Paul Fileri, and we are 16-year-old identical twins who live in Rochester, New York (on Lake Ontario). We are devoted readers of your film criticism, and we thought that you would be interested to learn that you have some regular readers of your work outside of Chicago […]

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The Unfinished Works of Sir Linear Scribble

The Unfinished Works of Sir Linear Scribble, Neo-Futurists and Hope and Nonthings, at the Neo-Futurarium. Playwright John Pierson has so many facets that even his alter egos have alter egos. In this piece Pierson adopts the pseudonym “Ian Pierce” as the playwright, eccentric author Sir Linear Scribble acts as Pierce’s stand-in, and Pierson himself plays […]