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Sleuth

Sleuth, Organic Theater Company. The primary selling point for this revival of Anthony Shaffer’s 1970 cat-and-mouse thriller is the fact that the cat and mouse are played by father and son actors: Tony Mockus and Tony Mockus Jr. That’s also the primary sticking point, inasmuch as the cat and mouse in this case are sexual […]

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I Demand a Retraction

I am writing to discuss your review of “Big Names on the Street” [Post No Bills] in the June 20 edition of the Reader. I have lived my life traveling to see great music. It has led me to a happier and more pleasurable life existence. I appreciate your review of the bands at Chicago […]

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Starlight Express

Starlight Express, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre. This revamped 1984 musical about toy trains that come to life for a championship race wallows in ethnic and sexual stereotypes. The contenders, played by singer-dancers on roller skates, are a strutting Italian-American diesel engine named Greaseball; an electric androgyne, Electra, who sings “AC, DC–OK […]

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Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate, Drury Lane Oakbrook. That giant click you hear is the sound of everything coming together in this revival of Cole Porter’s musical. Fortunately for director Ray Frewen, the script is sparkling, depicting the backstage shenanigans of temperamental thespians, and Tammy Mader’s choreography is unimprovable. Hellion Lilli and egomaniac Fred, modeled on the […]

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If You Don’t Like Them, Say So

Mr. Margasak, “Taste of Lincoln Avenue has booked 10,000 Maniacs, but most of the 30-plus other acts it’s scheduled are the contemporary equivalent of those 80s bar bands, unoriginal if popular groups like Hello Dave…” is a quote from one of your recent articles [Post No Bills, June 20]. I attended college at a large […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Weird India: In June, according to Dr. Chittaranjan Maity, medical education director for the state of West Bengal, a 13-year-old boy who’d come to a hospital for pain in his groin began producing quarter-inch winged beetles in his urine; the insects had hatched from eggs laid in his body. And a few days […]

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Tell Us the Truth

Hello Peter! Just curious…have you ever actually SEEN or HEARD the band HELLO DAVE [Post No Bills, June 20]? They are as far from “unoriginal” as one can get without pounding rocks together for the sake of entertainment. Every performance of Hello Dave is filled with inspiring, uplifting, poetic, and ORIGINAL music that moves audience […]

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The Truth Hurts

Pants on Fire Second City E.T.C. People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election. –Otto von Bismarck Let’s review the situation. We’ve got an unelected president who behaves like Cotton Mather with nukes. A vice president who appears to be running several multinationals out of his office. […]

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Clayton Brothers

Jazz has had some great brother acts over the years, including the Adderleys, the Heaths, and the Joneses (Hank, Thad, and Elvin); these days twins Marcus and E.J. Strickland are playing together in New York, and various Marsalises reunite from time to time. Based in LA, the Clayton brothers may not get a lot of […]

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Plenty of Big Boys

I have something to add to Barbara Blades’s letter regarding the closing of Artemisia Gallery [June 13]. I was a member for 12 years and president of Artemisia for ten years. To respond to Rhona Hoffman, Artemisia has always played with the big boys–Vito Acconci, Othello Anderson, Alan Artner, Roy Boyd, Bruce Guenther, Peter Frank, […]

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Time for a Tune-up

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Jonathan Mostow Written by John Brancato, Michael Ferris, and Tedi Sarafian With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. “The future has not been written,” intones rebel leader John Connor (Nick Stahl) in a voice-over at the opening of Terminator 3. “There […]