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Stop Kiss

Director Matthew Singletary misses the boat, narrowly, in telling Diana Son’s story of two women whose friendship deepens into romantic attraction, prompting a kiss that leads to a gay bashing. The crux isn’t the kiss or even the attack but the women’s response to them, revealed between the lines. Thanks largely to the script’s easy […]

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SHORTY’S R & B BLUES BAND

West-side promoter Henry L. Survillion (aka Shorty) puts together a rotating crew of accomplished blues, soul, and R & B sidemen for this weekly Friday night gig. Many of them have done road work with well-known names, and among them they’ve got just about every old-school style at their disposal. That’s the idea: for the […]

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Saved

In this seminal 1965 kitchen-sink drama playwright Edward Bond painted a bleak picture of South London, where slackerly young men and sluttish young women have no more chance of escaping their squalid environment than the drugged, abandoned baby casually murdered by street hoodlums. The script shows its age at times, but the cast assembled by […]

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Schubertiade Chicago

Schubert, who died when he was only 31, never lived to hear most of his music played outside the informal gatherings in the homes of friends and colleagues known as Schubertiades, usually with the composer at the piano. To celebrate his birthday, January 31, the Pianoforte Foundation will host a two-day festival dedicated to his […]