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Read This One Carefully

Dear Reader, Kudos to Effie Mihopoulos for her courageous, eloquent poem in the March 28 Reader. It is no doubt a comfort to grievously wounded Iraqi civilians everywhere that–despite the very real burdens of lack of skill, lack of imagination, and lack of support from naysayers like Neal Pollack [“Everybody Shut Up!” February 28]–American poets […]

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Unspoken Prayers

Unspoken Prayers, Victory Gardens Theater. The death penalty has been getting a workout lately, notably in Mia McCullough’s award-winning 2001 play Chagrin Falls and the more recent docudrama compiled by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, The Exonerated. Claudia Allen in her newest script–given a stilted and unfocused staging by Dennis Zacek–aims to combine the sort […]

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Dirty Three

A signature sound can be a comfort and a curse–just ask the Dirty Three. There’s no mistaking the blend of Warren Ellis’s extravagantly emotive violin, Jim White’s loose yet forceful drumming, and Mick Turner’s churning, understated guitar. Their unusual instrumentation and their penchant for surging, open-ended instrumentals instantly set them apart from the rest of […]

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The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale, Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Shakespeare’s strange romance, which begins with gratuitous jealousy and ends with gratuitous forgiveness, is best treated as a fairy tale. A virtuous queen is condemned for adultery with her husband’s equally honest best friend. But 16 years later, all is forgiven when their offspring fall in love; as part […]

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Preemptive by Any Other Name. . .

Scott Portman gives moving, though unsurprising, personal testimony regarding Saddam Hussein’s well-known genocidal actions toward Iraqi Kurds [“War: What It’s Good For,” March 7]. As in the best Reader cover stories, this firsthand detail provides an alternative to common knowledge which manages to be progressive without toeing any party lines. Still, I see little connection […]

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The Straight Dope

I like to read the Straight Dope columns on religious artifacts. You have covered the Ark of the Covenant and a little bit about the Dead Sea scrolls, and I would like to know about the Holy Grail. I wasn’t born into a Bible-reading family, so my knowledge of the subject is limited. I know […]

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Triple Threat

If, as Run-D.M.C. first said, a DJ can be a band, then you might expect music made by a group of DJs to sound a bit cluttered. But the three members of Triple Threat–onetime International Turntablist Federation World Champion Vinroc and former Invizibl Skratch Piklz members Apollo and Shortkut–know how to stay out of each […]

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Effie Proves Pollack’s Point

Dear Reader: Thank you for publishing last week [March 28] the letter from Effie Mihopoulos regarding Neal Pollack’s “Everybody Shut Up!” article [February 28]. Effie brilliantly illustrated Pollack’s point that all poets need to shut up. Now. Sincere, well-meaning odes regarding the war probably cannot help being banal drivel. Great art about the present war, […]

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Roommate Wanted

Roommate Wanted, at Theatre Building Chicago. Instead of a new roommate, this show’s actresses need a stronger script. Writer-performers Jessica Sullivan and Meredith Lavender are better than their material in this rather unoriginal, awkward 90-minute show, which draws more smiles than laughs. Aspiring actresses Jules and Megan are pursuing their dreams in New York City. […]

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Calendar

Friday 4/4 – Thursday 4/10 APRIL 4 FRIDAY Around the Coyote’s new group show, April Is the Cruelest Month, takes its title from the first line of T.S. Eliot’s 1922 poem The Waste Land, which explored themes of isolation, decadence, and sterility in the wake of World War I. “I believe we’re at a crossroads […]

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Big Radio’s Big Pal

FCC chairman Michael Powell would like us to believe he’s on the side of those who view with alarm the growing concentration of ownership in commercial broadcasting. His “we are working hard to make sure that the broadcast ownership rules are not completely swept away by the hand of the court” is an obfuscation that’s […]

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Twilight Serenade

Twilight Serenade, Red Hen Productions. It’s refreshing to see a grown-up play, featuring gray-haired actors, address with humor a topic as sobering as the death of a loved one. Twilight Serenade, written by John Green and directed by Ted Hoerl, focuses on family members who withdraw after the death of their husband-father-brother David (John Gawlik). […]

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Estrogen Fest 2003: Female Identity–It’s Not Just About the Hair

Previously produced by the Aardvark theater company, this third annual festival of women’s theater has been taken over by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with Prop Thtr. Running April 3-May 10, the festival features artists in the fields of theater, performance, poetry, dance, and music; scheduled participants include Karen Finley, Stephanie Shaw, […]

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Mordine & Company Dance Theatre

Like its title, Haven’t Heard From You, Shirley Mordine’s new dance is deceptively casual. Set to unusually slow and expressive music by Mozart, it features five women often widely scattered in the deep Ruth Page Center space, which includes a second stage at the rear draped for this piece with ballooning sheets of fabric like […]