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Beth Orton

Put Beth Orton onstage alone with a guitar and it’s tough to tell she’s anything more than an old-fashioned folksinger and songwriter. But in fact the Londoner made her name in the mid-90s by contributing vocals to electronica producer William Orbit’s Strange Cargo III and the Chemical Brothers’ Exit Planet Dust, and on her 1997 […]

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Talley’s Folly

Talley’s Folly, Northlight Theatre. If ever a show enlisted the audience as unseen matchmakers, it’s Lanford Wilson’s 1980 Pulitzer winner, an offbeat romance between two opposites. There’s a seemingly unbridgeable gulf between Matt Friedman, an optimistic middle-aged Jewish accountant from Saint Louis, and Sally Talley, a 31-year-old WASP who nurses soldiers back to health and […]

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Free Will & Wanton Lust

Free Will & Wanton Lust, A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company, at the Cornservatory. New York playwright Nicky Silver is known for placing unlikable characters in twisted, absurdly funny situations, and this 1996 play is no exception. It also touches on Silver’s pet themes: sex (often graphically described), beauty, control of self and others, and the […]

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Piotr Anderszewski

When the announcement was made last month that Piotr Anderszewski had won the Gilmore Artist Award–the keyboard world’s equivalent of a MacArthur grant–many people probably said, Who? Now 33, the Polish-Hungarian pianist trained in France, the U.S., and Warsaw, then spent much of the 1990s in Europe; his American debut was just two years ago. […]

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Bailiwick Repertory Directors’ Festival

Bailiwick Repertory’s 14th annual showcase of projects by 22 emerging directors, coordinated by Jason Palmer, features programs of three or four short plays. The scripts run the gamut from selections by Romulus Linney, David Mamet, Thornton Wilder, William Saroyan, Heiner Müller, Tennessee Williams, and Kenneth Patchen to unfamiliar or untested material. The fest runs June […]

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Printers Row Book Fair

Over 170 booksellers will display their wares on five tented blocks at the Printers Row Book Fair’s 18th annual “celebration of the written word.” In addition to the new, used, and antiquarian offerings, the fair features dozens of readings, panel discussions, and children’s activities. Events will be held at the Burnham Reading Room, Printers Row […]

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Chicago Comedy Festival

Chicago Comedy Festival offers stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, and variety at assorted Chicago venues Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 2. For more information and tickets call 888-866-9938 or visit www.comedytown.com. THURSDAY, MAY 30 7:30 Fresh Mugs 1 at Zanies hosted by Jim Gaffigan, with Tommy Drake, Tyrone Barnett, Alex Ortiz, Ryan Belleview, Matt Harowitz, […]

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This Town Ain’t Big Enough

Early this April, Worth Weller, owner of the weekly News-Journal of North Manchester, Indiana, wrote the owner of the local Ace Hardware, Roger Moore. The letter was retrieved from the Ace Hardware box and read by Roger’s wife, Judy. Judy Moore is a founder and owner of the competing weekly paper, the Manchester Monitor. Neither […]