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Hudson Shad

This internationally acclaimed Chicago-based male vocal quintet performs German and American popular music of the 1920s and ’30s with a combination of high musical artistry and wry theatrical humor. Formed in the late 80s to back Marianne Faithfull on her Brecht-and-Weill project, the ensemble–tenors Mark Bleeke and Timothy Leigh Evans, baritone Eric Edlund, and basses […]

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Youssou N’Dour

Last year Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour released Egypt (Nonesuch), a stunning musical statement intended in part to challenge perceptions of Islam in the West. Instead of using his longtime African band, mbalax masters the Super Etoile, N’Dour recorded the album with Fathy Salama’s Cairo Orchestra, an ensemble steeped in the ancient traditions of Arabic classical […]

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night

It’s not quite a long night’s journey into boredom, but Clayton J. Horath’s revival for Collage Productions does lengthen out the play’s inactive action. Performed in the cramped entry hall of a 1910 mansion, meant to evoke the 1912 cottage where Eugene O’Neill set his family tragedy, this Journey sure looks the claustrophobic part but […]

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Corpus Delicti: Just Desserts

More gross than scary, this Local Infinities show is still perfect for Halloween–or indeed for any time you feel like contemplating the hideous mysteries of the human body. Larry Underwood is the voice of reason as Doctor Tulp, based on a real-life dissector Rembrandt immortalized in a 1632 painting. Meghan Strell is the hysterical Sister […]

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Nine Lives

This excellent ensemble drama by writer-director Rodrigo Garcia (Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her) has the elliptical magic of a short-story collection: each of its nine vignettes, named for a female protagonist, transpires in a single, uninterrupted take, but the scenes are so dramatically cogent the characters’ lives seem to stretch far […]

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The Glass Menagerie

Sheldon Patinkin’s deeply felt staging roots Tennessee Williams’s gorgeous coming-of-age drama in a raw, real family who hurt one another when they most want to help. Brendan Donaldson gives the frustrated son and resigned narrator an appropriate restraint. Dina Connolly is a sepia portrait come to life, all fragile yearning as Laura: her candlelit scene […]

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Dream Juice

Writer-director Kitty Mortland’s new musical for children centers around a shy junior high schooler named Stewie and his complicated plan to gain popularity: he contaminates the town’s vegetable supply with a special serum that lets him enter the dreams of anyone who ingests it. Stewie reasons that if he appears in the other kids’ dreams, […]

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Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Merce Cunningham’s relentlessly abstract, often only vaguely musical works can seem formless and purposeless. Closer to paintings than dramas, they act as meditation devices. Yet each piece has a distinct feeling and movement style. Sounddance, created 30 years ago, is performed to an electronic score by David Tudor that recalls engines working, sometimes almost cheeping […]

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The Other Thing Going on in Bridgeport

Tidy, picturesquely gritty Bridgeport resembles the Wicker Park of 20 years ago: rich in architectural history, it has a large, stable working-class population and good access to public transit. Home to the White Sox, the Chicago Police Department, and the Daley regime, it’s also become the latest destination of local “independent” culture with the advent […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced in September that officials had made a mistake the week before when they prevented Bobby Martin, a senior at Colonel White High School in Dayton, from finishing a football game because he wasn’t wearing knee pads, thigh pads, or shoes. Martin, who was born without legs, […]