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A Little Night Music and Pacific Overtures

A Little Night Music, Porchlight Theatre, at the Theatre Building, and Pacific Overtures, Chicago Shakespeare Theater. With its tender, hummable songs and wry comic tale of sexual intrigue and midlife romance, composer Stephen Sondheim and director Harold Prince’s A Little Night Music–scripted by Hugh Wheeler, based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night–was […]

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Love Seat

Love Seat, Sulacco Productions, at the Playground. There are some fleeting moments of fine comedy in Matt Larsen’s Love Seat, but they can’t compensate for this underdeveloped play’s overall predictability. Kit is frustrated by her unemployed, childish boyfriend, Todd, so she invites her angry lesbian sister, Gloria, to visit. Meanwhile Todd has forgotten to mention […]

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The Other Cinderella

The Other Cinderella, Black Ensemble Theater. Revived every other year since 1976, when it launched the company, this musical version of the fairy tale has become a Chicago classic that’s updated as needed; this year’s production–part of Black Ensemble’s 25th-anniversary greatest-hits celebration–includes brief references to pagers and Web sites. The show has aged well, perhaps […]

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Cupid’s Kitchen

Cupid’s Kitchen, Shanana Productions, at Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio. Musical sketch comedy is the focus of this plucky 16-member company in an evening that loosely revolves around assorted complaints to Cupid. The enthusiasm alone in their third revue, energetically staged by Brian Posen, could sell several easy-listening songs despite forced rhymes, tortured meters, and […]

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City File

The longest journey starts with a single step, but this is ridiculous. A trek through the Chicago Housing Authority, as described by Mary C. Johns in the Residents’ Journal (August/September). Step 1: “During a Housing Choice Survey Clinic this past June, I and other Madden Park residents were told that scattered site units were not […]

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Dance Chicago 2001

Now in its seventh year, this festival has ballooned into the city’s most wide-ranging showcase for local talent, from Hubbard Street and the Joffrey Ballet to Glass House Dance (I’ve never heard of ’em). Presenting more than 200 companies and choreographers on eight programs over about four weeks, festival founders Fred Solari and John Leonard […]

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The Straight Dope

Are there any reliable accounts that dogs (and/or cats, which I doubt highly) have been able to find their way home over long distances a la The Incredible Journey and Old Yeller? If so, is there any explanation for this? Is this all a bunch of pet-lover hooey? –Mike Bauman It’s not all pet-lover hooey. […]

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Doubt Springs Eternal

Lynda Lowe: By a Grace of Sense at Gwenda Jay/Addington, through November 13 Philip Livingston: Open Book at Sonia Zaks, through November 13 Anne Howard: Curious Links at I Space, through November 10 Metaphors of exploration and discovery describe an encounter with great art in John Keats’s 1816 sonnet “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer”: […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts !!! Free in-store performance; see Critic’s Choice. Thu 11/8, 5 PM, Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee. 773-235-3727. A WOMAN WROTE THAT SONG! Chicago Humanities Festival program pays musical tribute to Billie Holiday, Dorothy Fields, Kay Swift & others. Sat 11/3, 8 PM, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University Law School, 357 E. Chicago. […]