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Polyphony–A Play About Going

Polyphony–A Play about going, Both Hands Theatre Company, at Center Theater. Parents lamenting the high cost of children’s toys should note what the Both Hands Theatre Company accomplishes with a mere three trunks and 18 suitcases. Luggage implies travel, of course–and a trio of travelers like this one foreshadows disagreement. Sure enough, despite repeated exclamations […]

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Evita

EVITA, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Maybe it’s just as well that this docu-musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, 20 years old and aging well, is so exasperatingly ambivalent about its whore/saint/dominatrix protagonist. Narrator Che Guevara may mock Eva Peron’s ruthless devolution from professional mistress to empress of mean, but the show itself is […]

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Let’s Get Irrational

The adaptive healing potential of art, spirituality, and ecstasy–right-brained phenomena all–for individuals and the human species were not explored in the article “The Bounce-Back Effect” [September 1]. For a more complex perspective on brain dominance, emotional health, and “appropriate” emotional responses, try Ned Herrmann’s Creative Brain, Elaine Aron’s The Highly Sensitive Person, Jeffrey Freed’s Right-Brained […]

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Wilmette Rummage, Hinsdale Antiques

The ladies of the Wilmette Woman’s Club have been hoarding cast-off treasures in their century-old clubhouse all summer in preparation for their annual one-day rummage sale. “I’m always surprised at the people who want to give away perfectly good dining room sets,” says sale chairwoman Jean Serris of Evanston: “We’ve got some gorgeous furniture this […]

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Lee Morris

LEE MORRIS Like many “authentic” bluesmen, Lee Morris was born in Mississippi, sang in church as a kid, and moved to Chicago in the 60s–which makes his aggressively contemporary style all the more unusual. Even his lyrics are devoid of the down-home imagery that can make Chicago blues seem like such a cliche: in the […]

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Party

PARTY, Bailiwick Repertory. If Party is any evidence, David Dillon is one of the least skilled playwrights in America. The show may have had hit productions all over the country since it opened here in 1992, but even with all that time to revise–and supposedly he has revised it–Dillon still hasn’t written a scene, focused […]

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Boot the Rich

Dear Reader: I’d be willing to bet a few bucks that Ted Kleine’s recent article on booting (“Das Boot,” August 25) will raise one of the greatest hordes of angry letters ever received by the Reader. However, I have to save my money for the day they catch up with me. Mr. Kleine did an […]

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Tahiti 80

TAHITI 80 You don’t have to look much further than “Mr. Davies,” a backhanded tribute to Ray Davies of the Kinks, for proof that the French quartet Tahiti 80 are obsessed with their record collection. “He gave up pop music,” sings Xavier Boyer, “to play squash with Ringo Starr / But that does not matter […]