In this self-consciously contemporary adaptation of the protofeminist 1879 classic, Rebecca Gilman offers Ibsen by way of Ann Beattie: the script is peppered with references to phenomena like Enron, Vicodin addiction, and stem-cell research. But Gilman never makes a convincing case that her Nora, a Lincoln Park trophy wife who somehow doesn’t have her own […]
Tag: Vol. 34 No. 40
Issue of Jun. 30 – Jul. 6, 2005
Homey Italian, Traditional Vietnamese, and Breakfast Like They Do It in Europe
Anna Maria Pasteria 4400 N. Clark 773-506-2662 My first apartment in Chicago was on West Dakin, just around the corner from Anna Maria Pasteria. I was usually broke, but when I did have a few extra dollars this low-key Italian restaurant on Broadway was my default “nice” place. The neighborhood was still a couple of […]
Out Among the Dragons
Dan Noonan’s new semiautobiographical script is a minor miracle, avoiding the pitfalls that hobble so many AIDS plays. Melodramatic pity, facile moralizing, and PC proselytizing have no place in this piece about Patrick, a nebbishy HIV-positive hemophiliac searching for love in his doctor’s waiting room. Instead Noonan turns a TV-movie premise into a carefully observed […]
Wherefore Art Thou Romeo: A New Play
Playwright Samuel Morris has a modestly clever idea: a backstage farce a la Noises Off that features Romeo and Juliet as the onstage production. Then he combines it with the simultaneously bizarre and uninteresting notion that Shakespeare’s play should be about a death cult. All the goings-on in this witless world premiere by a new […]
Jess Klein, Ana Egge
Singer-songwriter Ana Egge isn’t quite 30 years old, but her husky voice has the worldliness of a musician twice her age, and most of the songs on her fourth album, Out Past the Lights (Grace/ParkinSong), sound like the musings of a battle-scarred survivor. Her delicate acoustic arpeggios, boxy chord progressions, and ebullient pop-folk leads could […]
Let’s Hear It for the Loving, Wimpy Jesus
With The Rapture Exposed out in paperback this week, Barbara Rossing is about to enter round two in her battle with the Left Behind people.
The Epoxies don’t do a thing that wasn’t done to death by 1987, but if you still care about that after you’ve heard them, you’re too jaded for your own good. These Portland neo-new wavers play pop punk splashed with Doctor Who synths and space-laser noises, and their sci-fi-influenced lyrics attack consumerism, crummy jobs, and […]
The first animal that Irene Hardwicke Olivieri incorporated in her work was a walking stick, found when she was an undergrad in Texas. “They’re pretty amazing,” she says. “They have a record copulating time among insects of 72 hours, and they’re capable of parthenogenesis.” She kept it in a terrarium for a while, reading everything […]
“Hazelwood” Goes to College; News Bites
Another Seveth Circuit ruling, another defeat for the press.
The Incumbency Protection Act of 2005
Despite recent “reform,” is still takes more nominating signatures to run for mayor of Chicago than it does to run for governor of the whole state.
Jazz on a Summer’s Day
Bert Stern’s film of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival (1960; his only film) features Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Eric Dolphy, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, Anita O’Day, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton, and many others. Shot in gorgeous color, it’s probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made. Despite some distracting cutaways to boats […]
The War of the Worlds
Not the new Tom Cruise vehicle, but rather, as Dave Kehr wrote for this paper many years ago, “the archetypal 50s science fiction film, with science and the military teaming up to repel an alien invasion (though ultimately it’s God who saves the day). As the perfect crystallization of 50s ideology the film would be […]