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The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, T.U.T.A. Theatre Company, at National Pastime Theater. Playwright Peter Handke hit the scene in 1966 with Offending the Audience, which deconstructed the whole idea of stage illusion. His best-known work, though, is probably the gentler Wings of Desire, whose bittersweet brand of continental romanticism also suffuses this […]

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Hello, Jerry!

Jerry Herman traces his infatuation with the Broadway musical back to 1946 and Annie Get Your Gun: after seeing the show as a kid, he plunked out “They Say It’s Wonderful” on the piano by ear. A master tunesmith in the Irving Berlin tradition, the 68-year-old Herman has been retro from the start: his Hello, […]

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Gaining Weight

A New Brain Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago at the Storefront Theater Sunday in the Park With George Pegasus Players Gordon and George are artists in crisis. Yet Gordon, the gay songwriter hero of A New Brain, seems to have it made: he’s got a handsome boyfriend, a doting mother, supportive friends, and a job writing […]

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Maverick Ensemble

In the 1950s experimental composer Christian Wolff was part of the New York scene that included John Cage, Earle Brown, and Morton Feldman. Cage in fact provided Wolff with his only formal instruction in composition, and Feldman was to become his lifelong friend; both men’s influence can be heard in his work to this day. […]

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Israeli Whitewash

Dear Sir/Madam: Reading David Roet’s letter [May 24] protesting the film Gaza Strip [Critic’s Choice, April 19] requires rebuttal. Mr. Roet dismisses the allegations against Israel’s actions as baseless and not worthy of a defense. Roet’s belief that Israel is incapable of any atrocity is exactly the tactic that governs our press coverage of the […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AC ROCK Free admission. Sun 6/9, 1:30 PM, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood, Des Plaines. 847-376-2787 or 847-376-2839. ANNE-MARIE AKIN Free in-store performance. Thu 6/13, 7:30 PM, Eclecticity, 3162 N. Clark. 773-929-3080. BLINK 182, GREEN DAY Sat 6/15, 6:30 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212. […]

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Trivial Pursuits

Trivial Pursuits, Visions & Voices Theatre Company, at the Athenaeum Theatre. A number of potentially intriguing elements fail to jell in this drama by Chicago playwright Brian Alan Hill, artistic director of this new ensemble. Crammed with many hints but few discoveries, it focuses on Byrne Dante (Christopher Carrier), a master physicist who’s become a […]

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Free Street: The Whole Story

Dear editors, Thank you for sending Nick Green to attend Free Street’s MadJoy Theatrics performance of Skeptics and highlighting it in the Critic’s Choice section (5/17/02). I’d like to clear up one piece of information that was confusing. The article mentioned that Skeptics was “the first ensemble-generated piece, written under the tutelage of director Ron […]

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Rasputina

In some ways it’s a pity that Melora Creager and her troupe of corseted cellists have been saddled with the “goth” tag, since there’s hardly a more direct way to ensure disparagement by the cultural gatekeepers. But it doesn’t seem to bother her much, and it shouldn’t: she’s got nothing to prove and a sweetly […]

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N*E*R*D

As the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo have been the hottest producers in hip-hop, pop, and R & B for several years now: Jay-Z, Mystikal, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, No Doubt, and Britney Spears are among the dozens of artists that have hired the Virginia Beach duo to craft them a […]

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The Warlocks

Maybe they hope some mojo still clings to this name, which once belonged to bands that eventually became the Grateful Dead and the Velvet Underground. Maybe some does. Last year this large group led by Bobby Hecksher (a Brian Jonestown Massacre veteran who played guitar on Beck’s Stereopathetic Soulmanure) released its first LP, Rise and […]

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Mariotti Got What He Deserved

Editor: Michael Miner must be joking if he believes Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti somehow warrants “a little sympathy” [Hot Type, May 24]. Mariotti and his unrelentingly caustic tone have never made him a particularly sympathetic figure in this town, but his latest snafu–badly misinterpreting comments that Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood made (even though Mariotti […]

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Rooms With a View

Beth Reitmeyer: You Mean So Much to Me at Standard, through June 15 Steve McQueen: Nov. 7th at the Art Institute of Chicago, through August 4 Donald Moffett: What Barbara Jordan Wore at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through September 1 Critical Mass at the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, through June 23 […]