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Risks Worth Taking

Geek Love Theater for the Age of Gold at the Lunar Cabaret Something Made Up at the Lunar Cabaret Chameleon With a Stigmata at the Lunar Cabaret By Kelly Kleiman Attending a festival of original theater works is like being treated in a teaching hospital: you’re likely to encounter both brilliant innovation and novices’ mistakes. […]

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Collected Stories

COLLECTED STORIES, Attic Playhouse. Writer, teacher, and surly broad Ruth Steiner (Kathleen Ruhl) takes a gifted graduate student (Ann Marie Heiman) under her wing, guiding her development from a chirpy, frantic child into an articulate woman with a literary voice. As adviser, friend, and mother figure, Steiner shares her wisdom and life stories, providing inspiration […]

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Jerry Hadley and Bo Skovhus

Jerry Hadley and Bo Skovhus Tenor Jerry Hadley and baritone Bo Skovhus, both regulars with the Vienna State Opera, have performed frequently with the Lyric Opera, though never in the same production. But this week they’ll sing together in a freebie concert at Grant Park offered by the Lyric as a goodwill gesture and a […]

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Around the Coyote

The 11th annual edition of this multidisciplinary arts festival, which was founded by the late Jim Happy-Delpech to showcase artists in Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, features a scaled-down, more selective, and more artistically diverse theater and performance component than in previous years. Local groups–including the Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre, the […]

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Sun-Times Going for Extra Mileage/Blinded by Brightness/Lieberman’s Little Woman Problem

By Michael Miner Sun-Times Going for Extra Mileage A reader writes: “Every tire-recall story in the Sun-Times touts how the paper’s disclosures led to Firestone’s action. Every story in every other newspaper (including the Trib) fails to mention the Sun-Times. Is the Sun-Times getting shafted, or is it taking credit for something it shouldn’t be?” […]

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Nurse Betty

It isn’t surprising that John C. Richards and James Flamberg won the prize for best screenplay at the 2000 Cannes film festival; this offbeat and unpredictable comedy-thriller throws so many curveballs, one right after another, that I doubt I’ve had more fun at an American movie this year. You should know as little in advance […]

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The Straight Dope

After the operation, do transsexuals experience normal sexual function, including orgasm? If not, what’s the point? –Brooks Magruder, Singapore What’s your idea of “normal”? Not that you’ll catch me prejudging the situation. Having studied the medical journals and spoken with Stanley Biber, one of the leading surgeons specializing in this line of work, I merely […]

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Game Over for the Fireside

Game Over for the Fireside On most nights the lanes at the Fireside Bowl are silent, but the shabby bowling alley at 2646 W. Fullerton is anything but quiet. Since it first started hosting shows, in the summer of 1994, the Fireside has become a destination for punk, pop, ska, metal, and experimental music from […]

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Calendar

Friday 9/8 – Thursday 9/14 SEPTEMBER By Cara Jepsen 8 FRIDAY For more than a dozen years, 57-year-old Bay Area artist Judith Scott has been weaving yarn and fabric into giant sculptures that have drawn the attention of the outsider art world. In fact, Scott may be the ultimate outsider–she has Down’s syndrome and cannot […]

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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 […]