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Awake and Sing!

Hard times can make hard people. Which is why Clifford Odets thought decent folks had to break free from the pull of money and of things, had to find a good that connected rather than divided. Louis Contey’s riveting revival of this 1935 depiction of a Depression-era clan that’s failing for lack of love is […]

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The Holy Land

An Israeli rabbi advises his horny yeshiva student (Oren Rehany) to visit a prostitute so he won’t be further distracted, but the youth winds up falling for a 19-year-old Russian hooker (Tchelet Semel) and working at a multicultural bar in Jerusalem that’s run by one of her clients (Saul Stein). For his first feature writer-director […]

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The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show, Stage Two Theatre Company, at the Estonian House. The Rocky Horror Show is the campy 1973 musical that inspired the 1975 cult film. The plot, for those who don’t already know it, involves a young, clean-cut midwestern couple (David Tibble and Sarah B. Lukey in this production) whose car breaks down […]

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Face the Music

I’m kind of amused by all the criticism published in the letters section regarding Peter Margasak’s column. Though he is a competent writer who has a pretty good grasp of the music scene around here, he comes across as mean-spirited, biased, and academic. I recently read the book Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging […]

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Trib’s Business Blunder/News Bites

Trib’s Business Blunder Last week the Tribune demoted the columnist who’s arguably the paper’s best. Colleagues of David Greising protested that moving his column from page one to page two of the Business section was perverse and self-defeating, and the stated reasons for it were unworthy of the Tribune. Greising himself made it clear that […]

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When Is a Musical Not a Musical?

A Woman Is a Woman ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard With Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Marie Dubois. Even after 40 years I’m still not sure how I feel about A Woman Is a Woman (1961), Jean-Luc Godard’s third feature. The first time I saw it, as a college […]

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Savage Love

Dear Readers: I’m on vacation. I’m actually sitting on the beach as I write this, knocking back margaritas and watching my boyfriend’s tan lines come in. But you know what? I’m still thinking about you and your problems. I’m always thinking about you and your problems–and isn’t that just like me? While I may get […]

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Buddy DeFranco

With the arrival of bebop and its emphasis on the darker, meatier timbre of paired trumpet and sax, the clarinet–the instrument that had ruled the swing era–suddenly seemed out of place. Then Buddy DeFranco got hold of it. After working with some of the most famous swing bandleaders in the early 40s, DeFranco was still […]

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Lil’ Kim

Like so many of her male counterparts, Lil’ Kim fixates on sex less as a source of pleasure than a means of wielding power. (Sometimes I wonder if Kim has ever had an orgasm. Sometimes I wonder if she’s even considered the possibility.) Male dominance being what it is, however, even her dimmest Y-chromosomed adversaries […]

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Bailiwick Repertory Directors’ Festival: “GLBT Briefs”

The final installment of Bailiwick Repertory’s 2003 showcase of emerging directors focuses on gay- and lesbian-themed works. The series runs through July 30 at the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. Performances take place Monday-Wednesday at 7:30 PM; each evening features three or four short plays. Tickets are $10 per evening. For reservations and information, […]

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The Masses Are Asses

The Masses Are Asses, Chicago Art Theatre, at Heartland Studio Theater. As staggering a combo of virtuosic and wretched as I’ve seen, this Pedro Pietri play may just set a new standard for audience frustration. The first half is dizzying, dazzling, a tour de force of whip-smart wordplay and nimbly shifting scenario whose surreality camouflages […]