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Reckless, Sense of Urgency Productions, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Craig Lucas’s mean-spirited picaresque comedy, about a hapless wife on the run who meets various eccentrics, is packed with improbable plot twists and unbelievable characters. Even under optimal conditions–good director, strong cast, large budget, well-organized space–it’s a hard play to make work. Steppenwolf attempted it in […]

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Summer Stock Murder

The Reader review is dated Friday, November 5, 1982. It concerns a new show by Kingsley Day and Philip LaZebnik called Summer Stock Murder. The heading reads “A Standard Is Born,” and the critic (me) declares that Day and LaZebnik have written “a fast, funny, and very accessible musical comedy murder mystery, with…[e]verything it needs […]

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Did We See the Same Play?

Dear Editors: I’d like to applaud Justin Hayford for the praise he extends to Viaduct Theater’s production of Denis Johnson’s Hellhound on My Trail [September 27]. However, the cursory way he dismisses the third act–“only in the last third of the final scene does his sense of drama fall apart completely”; “neither he nor Cass […]

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Rhinoceros Theater Festival

This ambitious showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music from Chicago’s fringe began as part of the Bucktown Arts Fest. Now it’s produced by the Curious Theatre Branch. Taking its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big), the 13th annual Rhino Fest runs through October 13. Performances […]

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The Antigone

The Antigone, Mom and Dad Productions, at Heartland Studio Theater. No play packs more themes or admits more interpretations than Sophocles’ Antigone–not even prequel Oedipus Rex. There’s no simple solution to the clash Antigone experiences between familial and political loyalties, and the play’s myriad subconflicts–rationality vs. religion, state vs. individual, public vs. personal obligation–echo the […]

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Surprises in Store

Thank you very much for the insightful and informative article on south-side businesses. I’m not much of a neighborhood explorer but I am adventuresome enough to visit and be a customer to my neighbors on the south side. This is precisely the type of article I’ve needed to push me beyond my Pullman neighborhood. I […]

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Glimpse of Perfection

Trisha Brown Dance Company at the Dance Center of Columbia College, October 4-6 Trisha Brown’s new work, Geometry of Quiet, demonstrates the basis for her reputation as a giant of contemporary choreography: the work is wholly original, engages the imagination without controlling it, disdains show and embraces the genuine, and is truly beautiful. Unfortunately it’s […]

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Savage Love

Thank you so much for advising that whacked-out, sexually ignorant mother to buy her daughter a dildo! As a former sex worker (I was a stripper at the fabulous Lusty Lady in San Francisco as well as a pro domme in a lovely Bay Area house of domination), I understand intimately the ability of parents […]