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Terror in June

Terror in June, Go Cougars! Theater Company, at Angel Island. Novelists seldom make good playwrights. Though it’s not impossible to make the transition, impending failure is enough to deter most fiction writers. Local novelist Joe Meno is either too naive or too reckless to care, but his efforts seem more the result of intellectual curiosity […]

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice And Men, Organic Theater Company. “It’s just the talking,” muses one stable hand. “One guy talking to another guy, and it don’t make no difference if he don’t hear or understand. It’s just being with someone, that’s all.” This hunger for home and companionship is at the root of John Steinbeck’s classic tale […]

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Children of the Revolution

Chicago Moving Company at the Harold Washington Library Center, April 27-28 By Nancy G. Moore When Nana Shineflug formed the Chicago Moving Company in 1972, the name had a fresh, revolutionary sound to it, evoking antiestablishment politics: like Big Brother and the Holding Company, the group appropriated the name of a capitalist institution and deployed […]

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The Jack Slate Radio Show

The Jack Slate Radio Show, Ego Productions, at the Heartland Studio Theater. Nothing could be further from surround sound and multimedia shows than old-fashioned radio dramas, yet audiences love them. Is it nostalgia? A simple need to stretch our sensory-overloaded imaginations? Whatever the reason, playwrights Lizz Leisser and Tai Palmgren present an opportunity to experience […]

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Arms and the Man

Arms and the Man, ShawChicago, at the Chicago Cultural Center. George Bernard Shaw was clearly one of the greatest thinkers–and most forward-looking men–of his time. His 1894 masterwork, about a levelheaded Swiss soldier who escapes the horrors of war by hiding out in the mansion of a wealthy Bulgarian family, not only foreshadows the recent […]

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Our Town

OUR TOWN, Wing & Groove Theatre. “The life of a village [measured] against the life of the stars” is Thornton Wilder’s apt description of his 1938 masterwork, in which a richly detailed piece of the universe–Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire–stands for the whole. Set exactly a century ago, this no-frills three-act saga of work, marriage, and […]

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Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: THE SONGS OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, Drury Lane Theatre Evergreen Park. A perennial favorite, this delightful revue includes both instant winners and acquired tastes, balancing the familiarity of “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” against rarities from Allegro and Me and Juliet. James Harms’s revival opens with the six performers removing props […]

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What a Guy

Dear editor, Regarding the “Technobabble” piece [April 27], in the interest of disclosure, it should be pointed out that my humor piece, “Is Ron May Possessed by Satan?,” while appearing on my Indignant Online Web site, originally appeared in the “May Report,” as part of the humor column I write for Ron. Therefore, Ron paid […]

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Attic Playhouse. The repetition for emphasis that marks southern speech has never been more noticeable than in Tennessee Williams’s 1955 classic. And the members of the Pollitt clan have good reason to make their voices heard: patriarch Big Daddy has been diagnosed with cancer, and on this, his 65th […]

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33 Fainting Spells

Brainy and surreal, the evening-length September September has a homemade look and sound. No one seems to care if unison movement is truly in unison, and the dancers often seem to be flung around by outside forces. A recording of clippity-clop noises at first synchronizes with the four performers’ steps–but when they shift into a […]

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Shame on the Goodman

To the editor: Having seen The Amen Corner by James Baldwin at the Goodman Theater [reviewed April 6], I found the most disturbing part of the play not onstage but in the program booklet. In over two pages of biographical text covering Baldwin’s childhood, family, religion, career, influences, and politics, there is one oblique reference […]

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Caught in the Net

Captured at www.richardlloyd.com/studies.htm Part 4: Mistakes How is one to treat the inevitable mistakes and muscular and cognitive errors which visit upon a learning discipline? Often, when I see my students make mistakes, I see them make value judgments on their own abilities to perform, or to learn material. As a result, I asked myself, […]