A dramatic presentation of poems anthologized by the National Association for Poetry Therapy after the September 11 bombings might easily have delivered nothing more than a good 45-minute cry. But Smoke & Mirror Productions rages at the dying of the light in this adaptation by Nick Jones and Peter Anderson. Using movement, baroque music, and […]
Tag: Vol. 34 No. 46
Issue of Aug. 11 – 17, 2005
ONEIDA have always been (and continue to be) essentially abstract hard rockers, but I can’t think of many other groups that’ve made such a virtue of self-reinvention. I’m tempted to call the new The Wedding (Jagjaguwar) their best, but that wouldn’t be responsible–each new phase of this Brooklyn band’s career has provoked superlatives from me, […]
News of the Weird
Lead Story In July WHAM TV in Rochester, New York, reported on the local New Born Fellowship Christian Center and its recurring Independence Day-related program “Spiritual Warfare.” To encourage prayers for American soldiers, pastor Warren Meeks dressed up in military fatigues (congregants were encouraged to do the same) and decorated the church with visual aids […]
Road to Hobo Junction
The whole trouble with this two-man sketch comedy show is the venue. It needs a more intimate environment, like a basement rec room. The stuff Mike Foster and Josh Zagoren do might seem funnier in a context involving chips, beer, a few friends, beanbag chairs, and the four-disc Star Wars box set. Bits like Zagoren’s […]
Tales From the Frontier
When John Edel set out to make a place for small businesses and artists in Bridgeport’s industrial wasteland, he knew it would be hard. He didn’t know it would be this hard.
All movies are free and, unless otherwise noted, will be screened by video projection. For full capsule reviews, visit www.chicagoreader.com/movies. Are We There Yet? PG, 91 min. Wed 8/17, dusk, Mandrake Park, 900 E. Pershing, 312-746-5962 Daddy Day Care PG, 93 min. Fri 8/12, 8:30 PM, Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard, 773-631-7859. David Copperfield George […]
Who Was Haroon Paryani?; Girl With Itch Scratched
And who’s behind an ad trolling for dirt on the dead cabbie?
I’ve been seeing this great guy for about two years now. A few months back I stumbled upon some she-male photos on our computer. When I confronted him he said that it was in response to a “nightmare” he had from watching HBO late at night or something. I asked him to be honest with […]
Written by Angus MacLachlan, this indie drama explores the lingering tension between north and south with vinegar and precision. A cosmopolitan young Brit (Embeth Davidtz) who sells outsider art in Chicago ventures south with her new husband to acquire the work of a fundamentalist fanatic and to meet her in-laws, a seriously dysfunctional North Carolina […]
The Cosmic Jiggle
Sean Carroll Cosmological Physicist University of Chicago As recently as the 1920s, astronomers thought the Milky Way galaxy was the entire universe. Now we know it’s one of hundreds of billions of similar galaxies out there. Last fall Sean Carroll and graduate student Jennifer Chen published an article in the online journal High Energy Physics […]
This annual festival of solo performance, now in its fourth year, features more than 20 pieces by local, national, and international artists. It runs through 8/28 at the Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, and Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets are $20 per show; $12 for students. Tickets for Breadline shows can be purchased […]
Girls’ Night Out
Director Dina Facklis and a smart Second City Theatricals ensemble have spared audiences yet another night of done-to-death stories about dating traumas and men’s foibles. Instead four women and Joe Canale–someone has to move furniture–show how a sassy gay friend might have changed the lives of Shakespeare’s ingenues, including Juliet: “You’re 14! Look at your […]
Teatr Cogitatur and the Chopin Theatre conspire to bring the Polish avant-garde to Chicago.
Sextet: An Evening of One-Acts
Even good one-acts can’t sustain a three-hour evening, and mostly these aren’t. Buried among Wilson’s cliched writing exercises, presented as overwrought acting exercises by the Eclipse Theatre Company, is the brilliant The Moonshot Tape. CeCe Klinger gives a masterful performance, and Steve Scott directs with the delicacy necessary to address the well-worn subject of sexual […]