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Man and Superman

Man and Superman, Rogue Theater, at the Playground Theater. George Bernard Shaw’s domestic epic is amusing even without its famous philosophic parable, “Don Juan in Hell.” Director Kerstin Broockman has dispensed with that third-act interlude, cut two characters, and streamlined the dialogue, reducing Shaw’s four-hour tour-de-talk to a much more bearable two. The result is […]

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Pop Psychology

Pop Psychology, at the Mercury Theater. “Dr.” Tony Rogers and director Michael D. Starcevich have moved their sing-along relationship seminar from Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret to this much larger venue. Here the sound system and acoustics nicely amplify Rogers’s Michael Stipe-ish voice throughout his tongue-in-cheek pep talk and original songs about bridging the gap […]

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Jazz Institute of Chicago Club Tour

The Chicago Jazz Festival doesn’t kick off until August 28, but festival week gets off to its traditional start the night before with the 20th annual club tour. For $20 ($17 in advance), participants get unlimited access to 13 venues, along with free bus transportation along three routes. The tour includes the city’s most reliable […]

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Day of Wrath

Carl Dreyer made this extraordinary 1943 drama, about the church’s persecution of women for witchcraft in the 17th century, during the German occupation of Denmark. He later claimed that he hadn’t sought to pursue any contemporary parallels while adapting the play Anne Petersdotter (which concerns adultery as well as witchcraft), but he was being disingenuous–Day […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories As straphanger Joyce M. Judge, 42, stared out the window of a Boston subway car during morning rush hour on July 30, she started dripping profusely, and a minute or so later, a baby fell out from underneath her skirt. According to witnesses (some of whom vomited at the sight), Judge at first […]

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Blood on the Walls

Killer Shots: A Photographic Response to War at Catherine Edelman Gallery, through August 30 For “Killer Shots,” Catherine Edelman spent five months gathering 35 images of war and its aftermath by 22 photojournalists, relocating them from the pages of magazines and newspapers to the white walls of her River North gallery. Freed from the agendas […]

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Reader to Reader

Two women got on the elevator with me. First woman: What are you doing this weekend? Second woman: Well, it’s Sammy’s birthday, so we’re going to have a little party. I got him a birthday hat and a birthday bib. And I’ll make him a nice steak dinner. And I have to stop at the […]

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Passion

Over the past two years the Ravinia Festival has been doing Stephen Sondheim right, delivering splendid revivals of Sweeney Todd and A Little Night Music. This weekend’s concert staging of Passion marks the halfway point of Ravinia’s “Sondheim 75,” a five-year tribute to the revered Broadway composer (the series culminates in 2005, when he turns […]

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The Rich Get Richer

In reading your article “More Than a Little Change” [August 15], two items made me stop and wince and reread the article in surprise. The first problem is probably a mathematical error by your writer, but it makes me wonder. In the article she states that Mr. Davis was arrested on average three to four […]

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Calendar Sidebar

For her new exhibition, “Feather-stitch,” Dani Leventhal has an unusual collaborator: her cat. At 1:30 each day for the run of the exhibit, which opens Tuesday, August 26, Leventhal will meticulously dissect one of 22 songbirds killed by her cat over the last year and preserved in the artist’s freezer. “It’s a process that’s done […]