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Dealer’s Choice

Patrick Marber’s taut, generous British drama is fertile ground for both kinetic ensemble work and bravura solo turns, opportunities that Shattered Globe Theatre fully exploits. Six poker players, whether sharks or marks, reveal more than their hands in Steve Scott’s crackling revival, a visceral look at the psychology of losing and the loneliness of victory. […]

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The Straight Dope

This is going to take a while to explain, so bear with me. My kid is a fan of the Age of Empires series of computer games, which give you a bird’s-eye view of the landscape on which your armies cavort. You can see an amazing amount of detail, but a while back I noticed […]

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Israeli Film Festival

The Israeli Film Festival runs Monday through Thursday, April 3 through 6, at Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash. Admission is free, all works will be shown by video projection, and each screening includes a 6:30 reception and a lecture. For more information call 312-673-2350. Monday 3 Yana’s Friends Written and directed by Arik […]

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Ray Davies

Of all the songwriters who’ve packed up their allegiances and headed to the States, the most surprising is probably Ray Davies, who was the poet laureate of disappointed middle-aged Englishmen before he was out of his mid-20s. Few 60s-era admirers of American R & B had the cojones to be so unabashedly nostalgic, vulnerable, and, […]

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Oh Holy Allen Ginsberg, Oh Holy Shit Sweet Jesus, Tantric Buddha, Dharma Road!

Nicholas A. Patricca’s comedy, reworked from a version staged by Bailiwick in 1993, centers around a gay, HIV-positive Catholic priest trying to hold onto his financially strapped parish and his sexually frustrated boyfriend, a Jewish professor. Patricca resists playing his protagonist’s unusual situation for laughs, trying instead to keep the story grounded in the real […]

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Emma

Jane Austen is the real star of Stephen Fedo’s intelligent but busy new adaptation of Emma: the novelist’s witty dialogue and blazing critique of class snobbishness propel this play about an arrogant, bossy young woman who fancies herself a gifted matchmaker. The comedy comes off best; Sam Wootten and Erica Elam are particularly good in […]

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Enrico Rava & Stefano Bollani

At 66, trumpeter Enrico Rava now stands with the likes of pianist Giorgio Gaslini and reedist Gianluigi Trovesi as a grand old man of Italian jazz. He’s had an affinity for musical alchemy since the early 60s, when he began his career recording with Gato Barbieri and Steve Lacy; later he performed on Carla Bley’s […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story The Times of London reported earlier this month on the Japanese government’s attempt to deal with a growing phenomenon: men turning up at welfare offices claiming to be former members of yakuza gangs and applying for benefits. For corroboration they might cite their records of minor crime or display gang tattoos (or even […]

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The Fanta Menace

Fifteen minutes of improv follow an hour of sketches in this iSalsation! production, whose message can be reduced to “How the Gringos Stole Texas,” also a heavy-handed bedtime story enacted in one scene. The diminutive Eva Rios, whose energy is inversely proportional to her stature, and Esteban Andres Cruz, who’s often cross-eyed and cross-dressed, anchor […]