A Barrington Hills society matron bankrolls the black sheep of a cinema dynasty.
Read with interest your article [Hot Type, April 22]. As a 48-year-old PhD, business owner, white male father of five, I don’t believe much coming out of the dominant media. The NY Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, LA Times, Wash Post, CNN et al are all the same and biased against my beliefs and concerns. I […]
Robert Tenges’s new play addresses a touchy issue: what happens when a father and his daughter start experiencing their love as erotic attraction? Tenges, director Adam Webster, and an incredible cast explore the subject with grace and empathy. The scenes between the father (Michael Nowak), mother (Kirsten D’Aurelio), and teenage daughter (Bethany O’Grady) are startlingly […]
Preservationists don’t want a proposed “facadectomy” in the Jewelers Row district to set a precedent. But it’s not actually such a bad plan.
A critic examines his path to judgment.
I’m sure the readers were as confused as we were [Hot Type, April 29]. I’ve received enough e-mail from Argentineans and Italians alike to last the rest of the year. The Italians say that Nocioni’s family probably came to Argentina from Italy after WWI or WWII. They say the correct pronunciation is Noche, not a […]
The most famous green-skinned meanie of all improves herself in this reinterpretation of the Oz stories.
In her energetic, poignant, often funny one-woman show, Tracy Egan portrays 15 characters in the kindergarten ecosystem: kids, teacher, principal, social worker, nanny, and moms ranging from jaded to frantic. Though the structure and some of the jokes feel self-conscious (“A teacher saying her first name is like the Kinko’s cashier handing you her breast […]
Palliard’s charmingly loose-fitting blend of country, pop, and soul
The Illinois Medical District Commission still won’t budge for Bill Lavicka’s Vietnam vets’ memorial.
Eyewitness accounts often differ because observers reconstruct their fragmented memories of an event into a coherent but not necessarily accurate whole. So it’s plausible that the teenage characters in this MadJoy Theatrics production should all have different recollections of the day when a runaway car crashed into a front stoop crowded with girls, killing one […]
Since putting the name the ZINCS on his 2001 album Moth and Marriage, Jim Elkington has evolved from multitracker to band leader, and his steady live lineup performs on the new Dimmer (Thrill Jockey). Elkington’s elegant, low-key melodies are stronger here and his doleful croon more assured–lines like “What doesn’t kill me only makes my […]
Why these things shouldn’t be egalitarian. Plus: nakeds against nanotech and a good old-fashioned Toledo catfight.
Like many of Len Jenkin’s plays from the 1980s, this one is a shadowy thrill ride along the margins of dispossessed America, as ten grifters–roadside cafe waitresses, an occultist-cum-mentalist, a soldierless general, a deluded jeweler, and an accidental jewel thief–look for spiritual and/or monetary salvation. Led by the beguiling, understated Jarrett Sleeper as the jewel […]
Maureen Gallagher’s absorbing play about photojournalism and its discontents gets a nearly perfect world premiere. Gallagher doesn’t avoid all novice-playwright pitfalls–the ending is a bit pat–but she makes us care about the central characters, a quartet of photographers (and the girlfriend of the wildest among them) covering the end of apartheid. Darrell W. Cox as […]