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Posted inArts & Culture

Life and Limb

Keith Reddin’s uncompromising 1984 black comedy offers a bleak look at damaged goods in the optimistic Eisenhower era, chronicling the bad breaks befalling a one-armed Korean war veteran afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder and a confused, unfaithful wife. (The Iraq fiasco makes the play all too contemporary.) As if earth weren’t noxious enough, the couple […]

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Letter Purloined

My brain hurt after this show, but I’ve never felt so good about falling into a state of utter confusion. David Isaacson’s smart, funny script is divided into 26 chronological segments, performed in a different randomly determined order each night. (His scenes–like the holes in an ingeniously designed golf course described in the show–are all […]

Posted inNews & Politics

News of the Weird

Lead Story For an interview in the January issue of GQ former president Jimmy Carter recounted a story reporters have been asking him about for at least 30 years: the one about the time he saw a UFO shortly before a Lions Club dinner in southwest Georgia in 1969. He said he and other attendees […]

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Of all the searing portraits of Hollywood, David Rabe’s Hurlyburly must be the nastiest, most brutish, and longest. Even in Michael Patrick Thornton’s well-paced production, it’s more than three hours with two intermissions. Set in 1980 and ’81 and first performed at the Goodman in a pre-Broadway engagement in 1984, Hurlyburly concerns a pair of […]

Posted inNews & Politics


I can’t tell you how heartened I was to read in this article [“They Need It. We Waste It,” January 13] about people in addition to myself who seriously want the Chicago River to be restored to its natural direction and South Branch headwaters! I’ve always thought this “engineering feat” of reversal was an abomination, […]

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Aspirations of Empire

Dear editor: So Michael Miner [Hot Type, January 6] thinks that the issue of the moment isn’t how we got into the Iraq war but rather “how it’s been run.” Perhaps he also believes that the real question for the Nixon administration wasn’t who conceived of and approved the Watergate break-in, but instead why the […]

Posted inColumns & Opinion

Savage Love

I have a sexual interest in the sounds of men using the toilet. There are several restaurants close to my home, and I hide a wireless telephone headset in an inconspicuous place in the bathroom. I can then record, from my home, the sounds of men farting and defecating. My husband is aware of this […]