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Blancaflor

By pitching this 80-minute production to both adults and children, the family-oriented Tireswing Theatre ends up appealing to neither. Playwright Andrew Lines has created a Mexican-folklore version of the Faust legend, whose grand dimensions are sure to escape the little ones. But all the running around and screaming, presumably added for the kids’ benefit, will […]

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Chris Mooney

Journalist Chris Mooney described his hometown’s unique vulnerability to hurricanes a few months ago, in a May 23 article for the online edition of The American Prospect that sketched a cataclysmic “Atlantis scenario” for New Orleans. But the Bush administration–with its lethal claims of ignorance of such a possibility–is only one of Mooney’s targets in […]

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Nogoodnicks

This comic duo is made up of Tim Baltz, who has a lazy sensuality, and Seth Weitberg, who’s commanding and energetic. Together they weave a smart, long improv out of three narratives with overlapping themes. Individually the stories are funny, pointing out the humor in fairly ordinary situations, but juxtaposed with one another, with intercut […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In an article published in May in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, biologists at Washington University in Saint Louis described evolutionary forces affecting the size of male genitalia among an inch-long guppylike fish called the mosquitofish: Female mosquitofish prefer males with larger genitalia, but having large genitals can prevent males […]

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Rhinoceros Theater Festival

This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music runs through 10/31 at the Prop Thtr, 3502-4 N. Elston. Rhino Fest is coordinated by the Curious Theatre Branch and features emerging and established artists from Chicago’s fringe, including Theater Oobleck, the Still Point Theatre Collective, Blair Thomas, Hermit Arts, Cin Salach, Michael Martin, the Rasaka […]

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Delores Dogan

The only character in Courtney Shaughnessy’s play is the angst-ridden Delores, who’s prone to accidents, dramatic overstatement, and petty venom. As played by an earnest Emily Churchill under the direction of Adam Belcuore, she breathlessly recounts her first kiss, the shame of splitting and shitting her pants in high school, and worse–yet the script is […]

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Bring Your Own for Coastal Adriatic, American Eclectic, or French-Inspired Mexican

The first annual Windy City Wine Festival, featuring tastings of more than 200 wines, demos by local chefs, and seminars on pairing wines with food, takes place at Daley Bicentennial Plaza (Columbus and Monroe) this Saturday and Sunday. For more information see windycitywinefestival.com. Below are three of our critics’ favorite places to bring their own […]

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Savage Love

How can I tell if I’m asexual? Is it a legitimate orientation or am I just a seething ball of neuroses? Sex does nothing for me. I can’t orgasm (even when I attempt masturbation), so my husband doesn’t go there. That’s fine by me. I hate my people parts; I find them utterly icky. At […]

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Election

An instant classic, Alexander Payne’s 1999 high school comedy seems even more scathing now that we’re losing control of our own election machinery. Reese Witherspoon was born to play Tracy Flick, a frighteningly perky overachiever whose obsessive campaign to become student council president touches a nerve in her devoted civics teacher (Matthew Broderick). Angered by […]

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Safe

Playwrights Anthony Ruivivar (an actor on NBC’s Third Watch) and Tony Glazer (a writer on the same show) offer an intriguing premise in their 2003 off-Broadway play. Three bank employees and two customers are locked in a room-size safe after a robbery–along with a huge stash of money. Was there really a robbery? Is one […]

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Snips

[snip] And the winner is . . . Iran! So says University of Michigan historian Juan Cole in Salon: “The Shiites of Iraq increasingly realize they need Iranian backing to defeat the Sunni guerrillas and put the Iraqi economy right, a task the Americans have proved unable to accomplish. And Iran will still be Iraq’s […]