Perpetua, BackStage Theatre Company, at the Cornelia Arts Building. Inventive movement, terrific ensemble work, and the affecting use of chants mark this original adaptation of the journal of an early Christian martyr. The second act also boasts some bright moments of levity: Perpetua has a vision of herself in a Roman arena that closely resembles […]
If the philosopher Martin Heidegger was a Nazi and an anti-Semite up until his death in 1976, why do we continue to revere the ground he walked on? The guy was a louse (he seduced Hannah Arendt of all people) and yet he is considered the major voice of postmodern thought! Why was this morally […]
The photograph accompanying Jack Helbig’s story on the Oak Park store Transformations last week was mislabeled. Shop owner Rori Scheffler was pictured posing with her son Lisa/Soto Petropoulos. We regret the error.
The Fantasticks, Pegasus Players, and I Do! I Do!, Drury Lane Theatre Evergreen Park. Ideally, courtship and marriage are different phases of the same great experience. The challenge lovers face–to embrace their differences while retaining the romance–fuels these small-scale musicals by composer Harvey Schmidt and lyricist/book writer Tom Jones. The earlier and vastly more popular […]
Phrenology at the Hungry Brain, September 8-10 When the Hungry Brain hosts jazz on Sunday nights, the music onstage sometimes competes with the conversation in the crowd. If there had been any such struggle in the small bar as Design Flaw performed earlier this month, bassist Brian Dibblee’s soft new trio would have easily lost. […]
Friday 9/27 – Thursday 10/3 SEPTEMBER 27 FRIDAY In 1985 Alaska (aka Olvido Gara), a Mexico City-born, Madrid-bred sexpot, ditched her teenage punk-rock roots to front Dinarama, a chart-topping synth-pop band. Dinarama broke up in 1989, but original members Alaska and Nacho Canut continued to make music as the much darker, more electronic Fangoria. The […]
Working from her studio in a former pickle factory in Ravenswood, world-famous ceramic artist Ruth Duckworth can make clay do just about anything.
Flicker of an Expiring Candle, Side Project, at the Side Studio. Sara Berry Short’s world-premiere murder mystery is an intriguing but frustratingly unrealized blend of classic noir and classical history. The antics of third-century polyamorous Roman emperor Elagabalus form the backdrop for Short’s script, which also owes a huge debt to Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie. Angus, […]
A new fee for lap swimming at Park District pools prompts a crusade by a couple of aquanauts. So far, the city doesn’t seem to be listening.
Fern Bogot was photographed by Leah Missbach in April 2000 as part of the CITY 2000 photodocumentary project. I interviewed her the following September in her home, which was liberally decorated with food-related tchotchkes. My name is Fern Taylor Bogot. At the moment the picture was shot, I was celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover […]
Abourgeois factory owner is found lying in bed with a knife in his back, and the finger of guilt passes from one occupant of his richly appointed home to another: his coolly fashionable wife (Catherine Deneuve), his beautiful and willful daughters (Virginie Ledoyen and Ludivine Sagnier), his morally loose sister (Fanny Ardant), his miserly mother-in-law […]
Julie Caffey’s autobiographical piece about her rocky relationship with her disgruntled older brother and reclusive father doesn’t take long to reach its inevitable conclusion: who we really are is who our parents made us. Water is the dominant motif: framing her tale with the biblical story of Jonah, she suggests the importance of destiny and […]
An increasing number of musicians pander to the public’s dwindling attention span, but there are still some folks who like to take their time. French electronic composer Eliane Radigue is one; if you want to get anything out of her work, you’ll have to surrender yourself to it for more than an hour. During the […]
The Four Feathers ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Shekhar Kapur Written by Michael Schiffer and Hossein Amini With Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Djimon Hounsou, and Michael Sheen. The sun never sets on The Four Feathers: since its publication in 1902, A.E.W. Mason’s adventure novel, about a British officer who’s branded a coward and […]
All the Way Home, Griffin Theatre Company. Tad Mosel’s 1961 Pulitzer-winning Broadway play faithfully re-creates the tone of James Agee’s taut, clear-eyed, unsentimental autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family. The central event in both works may be the untimely death of Agee’s father, but Mosel handles it the way Agee does, as one incident […]