How Amber Gideon Hit Upon Her Secret To Happiness
The Park District focuses on the many at the expense of the few.
Barefoot in the Park, Stage Right Dinner Theatre. When this Neil Simon play opened on Broadway in 1963, audiences were delighted by Corie Bratter, a blushing new bride with a passion for the “wild, insane, and crazy.” Even now at Stage Right, other members of the audience were admiring her and saying “she’s quite a […]
PERNICE BROTHERS, CLEM SNIDE Like waves washing up on a beach, musical trends leave a good deal of litter behind, and in the last five years I’ve heard more stilted alt-country confessionals and Brian Wilson-style pseudosymphonies than I care to remember. But I’ve also heard those two impulses wedded in novel ways–first and foremost by […]
From reburying museum “exhibits” to planting prairies, Joseph Standing Bear is intent on bringing his people back from the edges.
“Project Sunshine…began in 1955 at the University of Chicago,” writes David Proctor in a recent issue of the Boise Weekly. “Willard Libby, later a Nobel Prize laureate for his research into carbon dating, instructed colleagues to skirt the law in their search for bodies…. Documents declassified by the U.S. Department of Energy show that scientists […]
The driving force behind one of the hottest musicals going, Jackie Taylor is taking her act nationwide.
Old Faces, New Bird This week Tim Kinsella will release his fourth record of the past 12 months. For the last few years the prolific and somewhat esoteric songwriter has done most of his work under the rubric of Joan of Arc, the art-rock band he started after his first group, Cap’n Jazz, split in […]
What are the words to the song “La Cucaracha”? Every person I asked at school didn’t know beyond the title. Even my parents did not know. I am using my parents’ E-mail to ask you. –Liz Happy to oblige, kiddo, but some people aren’t going to be pleased. “La Cucaracha,” one of Mexico’s best-known folk […]
The Day Maggie Blew Off Her Head Serendipity Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater Few things in my life have been more heartbreaking to watch than my friend Carolyn flirting with men. Carolyn is one of the smartest, most capable people I know, with a strong sense of self and a fierce feminist streak; she […]
POSING STRAP PIRATES, Bailiwick Repertory. An amalgam of schoolboy maritime adventure and Harlequin romance, Posing Strap Pirates has the flavor of class reunion sketches: clever, sloppy, good-natured, and designed for insiders. The tale of how the virginal Toye Buck is kidnapped by the pirates of the Cutlass Supreme, wooed by Captain Rick Matelot, but won […]
Friday 7/27 – Thursday 8/2 JULY 27 FRIDAY “Eurydice is just as tragic as the other characters,” says playwright Ester Lebo of the story of Oedipus and Antigone. “But Eurydice has maybe six lines of dialogue in the original works.” Lebo wrote Four Women of Thebes to tell the story from the points of view […]
For a few years in the 1980s, Ed Townley was one of the busiest people in Chicago theater. He worked at Wisdom Bridge, acted with the Practical Theater, and directed shows for Pegasus Players and Apple Tree. He wasn’t making a lot of money. “But I was comfortable,” he recalls. Then Townley disappeared from the […]
Rebecca Lazier at the Dance Center of Columbia College, July 9 All dancers have beautiful bodies. Rebecca Lazier has a magnetic one. Not only does she unfailingly draw the eye, she conveys such a strong sense of connection to the floor that she seems unable to put a foot wrong. More, her choreography imparts that […]
ROY HAYNES It’s obvious why the Jazz Showcase has booked Roy Haynes to open its annual Charlie Parker Month: one of a mere handful of surviving Parker sidemen, Haynes drummed for the legendary saxist in the early 50s, helping to solidify the bop percussion style pioneered by his predecessors Kenny Clarke and Max Roach. But […]