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The Cider House Rules

Famous Door should be applauded for this show solely on the grounds of chutzpah: Peter Parnell’s adaptation of John Irving’s celebrated novel runs in two three-hour parts (the second opens February 16) and requires 30 actors to play more than 100 roles. Few theaters have dared to tackle the project since its Seattle Rep premiere […]

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Bailiwick Repertory Directors’ Festival: “Chicago Works”

The 2003 edition of Bailiwick Repertory’s annual showcase of emerging directors has been spread out over three installments: “Chicago Works,” running through February 11; “In Adaptation/Translation” in April; and a gay- and lesbian-themed series in June. The “Chicago Works” portion, listed here, features ten short plays organized into programs of three or four plays each; […]

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Home, Home in Your Range

Even before Judi Kinch’s rent went from $600 to $950 she knew she’d have to take drastic action if she wanted to stay in Chicago. She’s a 29-year-old geologist employed by an environmental consulting firm, so she’s not poor. But she’s far enough from being rich that she sees Chicago’s real estate boom not as […]

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Precious Stones

Precious Stones, Silk Road Theatre Project, at the Chicago Cultural Center. Jamil Khoury’s ambitious but flawed new play (Silk Road’s inaugural production) covers a whole season’s worth of social issues. But since most pertain to the perennially troubled area of Arab-Jewish relations, Khoury can perhaps be forgiven for overstating his characters’ views. It’s 1989, and […]

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City File

The hype: “In the wake of huge power blackouts in 1999, an embarrassed and conciliatory John Rowe, chairman of Com Ed, said, ‘This will not cost ratepayers any more money….This is our problem. We’ll fix it ourselves.’” The facts: “However, two years later, during questioning at an ICC hearing, a company executive said that Rowe’s […]

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J. John Priola

The strongest of J. John Priola’s 17 photos at Schneider, six images of San Francisco windows seen from the outside at night, provocatively place the viewer in the position of voyeur. The window is invitingly open in 15th Street, 2nd Floor, and the details we can see–an orchid, a poster with the words “Chicago International”–arouse […]

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Datebook

JANUARY 31 FRIDAY Over the years pro wrestling phenomenon Jerry Lawler has racked up 13 championships, three marriages, two kids, and spots all over radio, TV, and film. Now he’s published a memoir, It’s Good to Be the King…Sometimes, in which he refers to himself in both the first and third person, occasionally in the […]