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Women on Top

WOMEN ON TOP, pH Productions, at Stage Left Theatre. Nine women blend raw personal monologues with quick-witted improv in this feisty, funny show. They start by introducing themselves during a modern-dance parody, dressed all in black and swirling their arms. Then they ask the audience creative questions like “What’s your favorite sea creature?” and “What […]

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Knowing Cairo

KNOWING CAIRO, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, at Victory Gardens Theater. If you left at intermission–and few would blame you–you might think that Andrea Stolowitz had flunked playwriting 101. Cranky 80-year-old German Jew Rose is driving her nondescript therapist daughter, Lydia, crazy. Enter indifferent African-American home nurse Winsome. After an hour onstage together, Rose and Winsome have […]

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The Straight Dope

Cecil, I think you’re not casting a critical enough eye on Jennifer Toth’s book The Mole People (January 9). Certainly some parts are true, but there’s a lot more myth mixed with the few facts than there should be. I’m amazed you didn’t mention a single critic. One source that comments on her physical descriptions […]

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Fringe Benefits: Kucinich is her man, and she’s doing what she can

Lora Chamberlain stepped up to the mike on the Gunther Murphy’s stage, excited to report the latest returns for her presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich: Hawaii, 30 percent; Idaho, 6 percent; Utah, 7 percent–states, it’s true, about as sparsely populated as the fund-raiser Chamberlain was hosting. But though only 20 or so people showed that Thursday […]

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Friday 3/5 – Thursday 3/11 MARCH 5 FRIDAY The centerpiece of Voices in Time: Lives in Limbo, an art exhibit opening tonight at Las Manos Gallery, is a re-creation of a prison cell furnished with a quilt made from bits of female prisoners’ clothing. The show and an accompanying series of free panel discussions explore […]

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McCoy Tyner

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the recording of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme–the album that, I suspect, has introduced more people to the music of McCoy Tyner than any other, including the dozens he’s made under his own name. Tyner, who was 26 at the time, sounds a bit callow in retrospect (although […]

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European Union Film Festival

The seventh annual European Union Film Festival runs Friday, March 5, through Thursday, March 25, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members; for more information call 312-846-2800. All films will be screened in 35-millimeter, and films marked with an * are highly recommended. The schedule […]

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Garland Green

Garland Green’s career exemplifies the paradox of plying one’s trade in a “golden age”: sometimes there are so many second-tier talents riding the cultural tide that exceptionally gifted artists get pushed below the waterline. Born in Dunleith, Mississippi, in 1942, the soul singer arrived in Chicago in the late 50s. In the 60s, the heyday […]

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Mr. Peters’ Connections

MR. PETERS’ CONNECTIONS, Raven Theatre. Judging by this 1998 rumination on death and the meaning of life, Arthur Miller has fallen into the twilight of his career. Abandoning portraits of America in favor of individual biography, he offers just enough moments of clarity and snatches of keen dialogue to sketch the outline of his former […]