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Andreas Scholl

ANDREAS SCHOLL Right now there are eight or nine world-class countertenors, more than at any time since Handel’s heyday–and in Handel’s heyday, in the mid-18th century, they weren’t countertenors in the modern sense but castrati, men who’d kept their otherworldly alto voices with the help of a boyhood surgery. German-born Andreas Scholl, a relative youngster […]

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Ghost World

If, like me, you’ve been wondering how Terry Zwigoff, the brilliant documentary filmmaker who made Crumb, would negotiate his shift to fiction filmmaking, here’s your answer: brilliantly. Ghost World, a very personal adaptation of the Daniel Clowes comic book that Zwigoff wrote with Clowes, either captures with uncanny precision what it’s like to be a […]

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Four Women of Thebes

FOUR WOMEN OF THEBES, Harridan Productions, at the Athenauem Theatre. Rewriting the Greeks has become something of a postmodern parlor game: Charles Mee tackled them in Orestes and The Trojan Women, while Barbara Carlisle offered a problematic postmodern interpretation of the women in Oedipus Rex and Antigone in Offending Shadows. Now Ester Lebo gets into […]

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell), whose halfhearted, half-assed sex change has at least gotten her out of Berlin, fronts the Angry Inch–a gender-bent band whose bookings at undiscovered nightspots across Middle America coincide unerringly with those of a rock superstar who dumped her years ago and always seems to be playing the stadium next door. Hedwig […]

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Shooting Porn

SHOOTING PORN, Theatre Building. Unashamed smut peddling, this 90-minute dramatization of Ronnie Larsen’s 70-minute 1996 documentary explores the good, the bad, and the ugly in erotic filmmaking. In the spirit of Making Porn, Larsen’s 1995 theater piece about turning sex into celluloid, Shooting Porn contrasts televised “shoots” with confessionals, delivered by a cast that includes […]

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Hellcab

HELLCAB, Famous Door Theatre Company, at the Theatre Building. Almost ten years into its run, this show hasn’t appreciably aged. Certainly some references have been updated (when someone refers to a “kid” on the Bulls, the comeback is “They’re all kids”). The youngish cast is probably responsible for contemporary touches that enliven standby characters. But […]

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Summer Shorts

Summer Shorts, Griffin Theatre Company. Summer is a wonderful time to roll out this pair of light, refreshing one-acts by Stephen Gregg. Weighing in at about 40 minutes apiece, they’re well suited to a sitcom-level attention span but a tad more clever than anything the networks are dishing out these days. Poor Little Lambs, directed […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Tue 8/7 and Wed 8/8, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-559-1212. TONY BENNETT WITH THE RALPH SHARON QUARTET Fri 8/10 and Sat 8/11, 8 PM, Pavilion, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100. PAUL BESSENBACHER, BEN MIRANDA, JAMES SCOTT, JASON […]

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ImprovOlympic Team Reunion Show

In an age that worships fame and wealth it’s inevitable, I suppose, for most people to remember the celebrities who took classes at ImprovOlympic: Chris Farley, Andy Dick, Mike Myers. But what makes that talent factory remarkable–and partly accounts for its longevity–is how egalitarian it is, churning out scads of strong, funny, committed performers. Most […]

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Sweet Shot

Sweet Shot, Thirsty Theater, at the Pilsen Theatre. This pair of Jeffrey Sweet one-acts is lopsided. The brief Cover, directed by C. Thomas Ortis, is flimsily portrayed, while the three actors in Porch, deftly directed by Mitchell Newman, give lush, intimate performances. In Cover, Marty (Joe Glorioso) tries to get his friend Frank (the credible […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories News of the Weird has previously reported on “smart toilets” that can make daily health-status readings; in July the BBC described a model in development that will automatically perform urine and fecal analysis and transmit any unusual readings to a doctor via the Internet. According to a spokesman for Twyfords, a sanitary-fixture company […]