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Guess What’s In My Pocket

Guess What’s In My Pocket, Brick Theatre, at Wing & Groove Theatre. I never liked it when old men asked me this. Fortunately, this audience-participation piece is not the pervfest the title suggests. Conceived and written (term used loosely–there’s all sorts of ad-libbing) by the Brick ensemble, the play begins with a dream: Samantha (Molly […]

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Seventeen years ago JoAnne Akalaitis provoked the ire of the normally reticent Samuel Beckett–and his not-so-reticent attorneys–when she set her production of Endgame in a New York subway station. In recent years Joanna Settle, who’s worked with Akalaitis and clearly learned a few tricks from her, has done her old mentor one better. Instead of […]

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Stars of Lyric Opera at Grant Park

STARS OF LYRIC OPERA AT GRANT PARK The Lyric Opera of Chicago doesn’t have to give anything away: its productions perenially sell out, even at ticket prices that range up to $145. But fortunately the organization also remembers the populism of 19th-century opera, and for two years running it’s presented a free concert in Grant […]

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It’s Greek to Them

At the risk of sounding like a Philistine, I must confess that I’m puzzled by the vogue for all things Greek sweeping American theaters large and small. This summer alone I’ve seen five productions derived from the ancients’ themes and characters. Still to come is Charles L. Mee’s Big Love (based on Aeschylus’ The Suppliant […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. Free in-store performance; see Critic’s Choice. Mon 9/10, 3:30 PM, Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee. 773-235-3727. AFRICAN HEDONIST spins music of northern and southern Africa at the museum’s “First Fridays” reception. Fri 9/7, 6-10 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-280-2660. […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Kemal Ozkan, the leading circumciser in Istanbul (with a lifetime total of 106,000 procedures), predicted last month that the economic downturn in Turkey will halve his annual workload, from 3,000 to 1,500 circumcisions. According to the Associated Press, lack of government funding will force impoverished boys to wait until their military service to […]

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Swinging Both Ways

Hit and Runway ** Directed by Christopher Livingston Written by Jaffe Cohen and Livingston With Michael Parducci, Peter Jacobson, Judy Prescott, Kerr Smith, Hoyt Richards, John Fiore, and J.K. Simmons. Hit and Runway–a comedy about a straight aspiring screenwriter in Greenwich Village taking on a gay playwright as a writing partner–comes from the writing team […]

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Rhinoceros Theater Festival

This ambitious showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music from Chicago’s fringe began as part of the Bucktown Arts Fest. Now it’s produced by the Curious Theatre Branch; in addition to the Curious folks, participating artists include Theater Oobleck, Antonio Sacre, Jennifer Biddle LaFleur, Michael Meyers, Frank Melcori, Nomenil, Barrie Cole, TeenStreet, Blair Thomas, and […]