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Kiki & Herb

Don’t see Kiki & Herb unless you’re fully prepared to commit. I mean, fully. Think hard. Be honest. Nobody’s going to blame you if you excuse yourself now, but it’ll be too late when Kiki’s standing there in her sequined cocktail dress and poofy 60s hair, the microphone cord wound dangerously around her ankle, pouring […]

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A Christmas Carol

Aside from the solid musical backdrop of carols arranged by Valerie Maze, the pillar of this Provision Theater Company staging of Dickens’s classic, adapted by David Bell and director Tim Gregory, is Brad Armacost as Ebenezer. No twinkling, giggling curmudgeon, Armacost is just the Scrooge the Victorians would have known and feared: scary stuff, a […]

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The Christmas Schooner

Bailiwick’s annual Christmas musical, now sailing into its 11th year, tells the story of a Michigan ship’s crew that undertakes the delivery of Christmas trees in the 1880s to Chicagoans who miss their German homeland. Director Shifra Werch packs in plenty of sentiment and Christmas cheer, though the tragedy at the play’s heart seems glossed […]

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Lady Sovreign, Ghislain Poirier

UK grime queen and self-described “white midget” Lady Sovereign was already a stateside cult phenom before her first domestic release, the cheekily titled Vertically Challenged EP (Chocolate Industries). Short white female rappers are a rarity even in the bizarro world of grime, where dancehall rhythms are married to 80s video-game sound effects and DJs contort […]

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Chicago

Bob Fosse, John Kander, and Fred Ebb’s 1975 Broadway musical, about two burlesque bimbos who parlay criminal notoriety into showbiz stardom, is likely to reach a new audience on the strength of its Oscar-winning film version. Viewers familiar only with the movie, however, may be surprised by the lean theatricality and stark visuals of this […]

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Found in Translation

Most of Kate McQuillen’s 13 watercolors, wall installations, and silk screens at Caro d’Offay are “translations” of e-mails, letters, and voice mails she’s received. McQuillen used a different method for each translation and reveals neither the encoding system nor the original message, creating a sense of hidden meaning that causes the viewer to reflect on […]

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Hush Now

The controversy in Andersonville concerning A Taste of Heaven reminds me of the time I was visiting the Ukrainian Village neighborhood about a decade ago. I was walking around with a friend on a mild afternoon. The streets were quiet and neat, and as we started down one lined with two- and three-flat buildings we […]

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The Straight Dope

With shows like Lost and Gilligan’s Island, movies like Cast Away and Swiss Family Robinson, and books like Robinson Crusoe, I’ve been wondering: Are there documented cases of a person or persons being shipwrecked on an uncharted, deserted isle and surviving for some length of time only to be rescued later? Are there a lot […]

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My Sign in the Times

To the editors, I really am surprised and saddened by the resulting divisiveness that has occurred in response to the sign on the front door of my cafe, “Children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices when coming to A Taste of Heaven” [Hot Type, November 18]. The fact that a […]