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The Willing Participant

Not only is Matt O’Neill’s new play smart and funny, it’s also the sanest thing I’ve seen in any medium for a long time. Ray Shepard is a Chicago cop who’s just killed somebody in the line of duty. While enduring a departmental investigation, he’s also got to deal with a ridiculous dispute over parking […]

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Late Chrysanthemums

Mikio Naruse’s 1954 film is a masterpiece of narrative construction, weaving together three short stories by Fumiko Hayashi to produce a panoramic portrait of three aging geishas. In the last half hour Naruse abandons narrative concerns completely and simply cuts back and forth between two extended scenes, developing tonal rhythms and contrasts as one geisha […]

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Chicago Blues Tour

This Saturday seven Chicago blues clubs participate in this pub crawl featuring live music. After a 6:30 PM advance party at the Wabash Tap, buses make the circuit of clubs along several routes until 2 AM. Tickets are $30; advance reservations are strongly recommended. For more information call 866-548-3258 or go to www.chicagobluestour.com. SATURDAY 25 […]

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The Way of the Wiseguy

Written by Joseph D. Pistone, Bobby Moresco (who also directs), and Leo Rossi (who stars), this stage adaptation of Pistone’s memoirs–he was an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the mob–has a flat, committee-written feel. Though Pistone’s story was fascinating in the 1997 movie Donnie Brasco, we only glimpse that high drama here, mostly when he […]

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Breakbone DanceCo.

Breakbone artistic director Atalee Judy reins herself in a bit in her new “noise opera” Heroine–A Woman’s Tale, about survivors of abuse. Performed in the intimate Strawdog Theatre space, it has none of Judy’s trademark “bodyslam” movement, which basically involves hurling yourself to the floor, then getting up and doing it again. Instead the dancing […]

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Still Seeing Red

Frank and Bartels are talking past each other, or perhaps Bartels doesn’t get it [“What’s Really the Matter With Kansas,” February 10]. Frank is trying to make sense of the red state phenomenon, the fact that rural states once radical have turned conservative. Bartels is using a nationwide poll to analyze the voting behavior of […]

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The Straight Dope

It’s not often that I stumble into anything on the Net that scares me, but this does. A large number of sites declare that we’re about to hit, or have hit, peak oil production and that our civilization is essentially on the clock and poised to implode in the next 40 to 60 years. Are […]

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National Trust

Last we heard from Neil Rosario and Mark Henning, the core duo behind this rarely convened local group, they were neck-deep in 70s soul, but on the new Kings & Queens (Thrill Jockey) they trawl through early 80s R & B and electronics-kissed funk. Much of the album was coproduced with Abel Garibaldi, who’s recorded […]

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American Cake

In his one-man show, Jonathan Pereira argues that dissent is vital to American patriotism: loving this country obliges you to say what you hate about it. You not only can have your cake and eat it too, you must. But he’s too distracted by personal anecdotes and his own sense of liberal guilt to voice […]

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Snap!

In his letter to the editor [January 27] Victor Cassidy begins with a critique of the Reader, questioning the professionalism of its reporters. He states, and I quote, “I wonder–does the Chicago Reader have a clip file? Do your reporters ever consult it before they go out on interviews? A few years ago you reported […]