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Bony Fish

BONY FISH, Lid Productions, at Bailiwick Repertory. Mary-Terese Cozzola’s debut play follows the arc of a love affair between Liz (Katherine Lee), a soulful young woman in search of herself, and the impulsive Pete (played at the performance I attended by understudy Phil Hendricks), who decides after one week that he’s met his ideal mate. […]

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The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon

The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, Running With Scissors, at the Griffin Theatre Company. This sprawling adaptation of Tom Spanbauer’s novel deconstructing the old west is remarkably audacious. Rarely is a company’s debut performance so ambitious and so self-assured. Every element of this moody, at times chilling three-act excursion into the prejudice, […]

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CUBE Among the elder statesmen of the local classical scene, William Ferris–who died Tuesday night of a heart attack–was probably the most conservative. He worked almost exclusively with churches, and as director of the William Ferris Chorale, based at Our Lady of Mount Carmel since the mid-80s, he championed works by traditionalist 20th-century composers like […]

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The Brigand of Tacca del Lupo

Set in the 1880s, during a tense period in the unification of Italy, this 1952 feature by Pietro Germi follows a battalion of northern soldiers as they try to root out southern bandits from the craggy mountains of Calabria. Clearly influenced by John Ford, Germi turns the rugged terrain into his own Monument Valley, his […]

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Shadows and Fragments

Ray K. Metzker: Urban Shadows at Stephen Daiter, through June 3 John Davies at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, through June 10 By Fred Camper Photography can be divided into two branches: “straight” photography, which respects the integrity of the negative and the photographic process, and the more manipulated kind, which allows greater artistic freedom […]

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Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar

FAIYAZ WASIFUDDIN DAGAR Here in the U.S. we’re willing to call a parent and a kid or two a “musical family,” but the Carters, the Judds, and even (cough) the Dylans have nothing on India’s Dagars. They’ve been the greatest practitioners of dhrupad, the purest and most austere form of northern Indian classical music, for […]

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MURDERER, Cenacle Theatre Company, at Pilsen Theatre. Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth was such a hit in 1970, spawning a host of imitations, that it was not unreasonable for the author to reproduce his own formula five years later. Instead of a failed writer, the hero of Murderer is a failed artist whose hobby is reenacting famous […]

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Death Cab For Cutie

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE From Galaxie 500 to Creeper Lagoon, indie rock has never lacked for head-in-the-clouds romanticism, and Death Cab for Cutie–a quartet formed in Bellingham, Washington, about an hour north of Seattle–is making sure there’ll be no shortage in the foreseeable future. Death Cab’s recent second album, We Have the Facts and We’re […]

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The Straight Dope

In the past I have heard tell that you should never pee in the Amazon River lest a certain fish swim upstream into your penis and lock its fins in place in your urethra. Of course I always dismissed this as a tall tale spread by the natives to scare tourists. However, I read recently […]

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All You Need Is Cash

Small Time Crooks Rating ** Worth seeing Directed and written by Woody Allen With Allen, Tracey Ullman, Elaine May, Tony Darrow, Hugh Grant, Jon Lovitz, Michael Rapaport, George Grizzard, and Elaine Stritch. By Jonathan Rosenbaum Small Time Crooks is Woody Allen’s 29th feature in 31 years. I don’t think it would be much of an […]

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FRIDAY 5/19 – THURSDAY 5/25 MAY By Cara Jepsen 19 FRIDAY “We have not only professional circus performers on our staff, but we also have some incredible talent within our classes,” says Actors Gymnasium cofounder Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi. “We were feeling like we were wasting a lot of talent by not putting a troupe together.” The […]