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August Wilson and Ossie Davis suggested the same response to injustice. So far it hasn’t worked.
Henri Bergson argues that an essential component of comedy is ignorance of self: the less self-aware a character is, the funnier he is. And in this very funny one-man show by Michael Moore (not that Michael Moore), most of the laughs come from the way his stage persona–a languid, self-loving, vaguely racist, acid-tongued queen–remains oblivious […]
Seven great films by the former Chicagoan, long unavailable, that show his love of puzzles, games, and incisive self-questioning. Many of the films mix humor and religious experience: a man prays in a supermarket in No Sir, Orison! (1975), whose title is a palindrome. Around 1969 Land began using sharp, bright compositions to construct obscure […]
Numerous live music and theater performances are being held in the Chicago area to raise money for survivors of the recent gulf coast catastrophe. Here are this week’s benefit shows; see the roundup at www.chicagoreader.com for events taking place next week and beyond. SATURDAY 8 Dual Frequency with Maja Rios & Eugene Vinyard, Uwa Hunwick […]
Re: Tori Marlan’s “How I Learned to Hate the War,” [September 30]. You cite safety concerns to change the names of Jake (main character in the tale) and his wife; you also didn’t provide their last names or ethnic backgrounds. Strange that the same safety concerns were not addressed for Nhu Tran, a Vietnamese from […]
With an 18-inch neck and dainty size-six feet, Hack Wilson should have been too top-heavy to walk, much less play baseball. But he spent 12 seasons in the majors, 6 of them with the Cubs, and in 1930 he hit 56 homers and a record 191 RBIs. Playwright Jon Kaplan thinks Wilson deserves to be […]
This exuberant musical satire of civil-rights-era racism, a hit on Broadway in 1970, rates revival. Black preacher Purlie Victorious hopes to get back his church by swindling Ol’ Cap’n Stonewall Jackson Cotchipee, owner of the plantation where Purlie’s parishioners labor in sharecropper servitude. The plot takes a dangerous turn when the lecherous Cotchipee shows an […]
Cuban-born choreographer Eduardo Vilaro again deconstructs the Latino experience in his new Quinceanera, devoted to the Latin-American ritual of debutante parties for 15-year-olds. You might reasonably expect a party atmosphere, but this full-company work opens with warlike booming noises that evolve into difficult string music; meanwhile the movements of five women suggest sorrowful submission or […]
Party-hopping with a purpose
Columnists are fickle beasts.
Melanie Rehak’s history of the women who wrote the Nancy Drew books is a heap of facts in search of a thesis.
This week at: Lincoln Park Zoo
And a goofy condo tower shall keep them at bay.
Chinese-American violinist Jason Kao Hwang has carved out an enviable niche for himself in the new-music scene: a veteran of groups and recordings led by luminaries like Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Joe McPhee, and Myra Melford, he’s come to symbolize musical marriages of East and West. In this trio with Bay Area saxist Francis Wong […]