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The Swampby Mark Silva So there was Samuel Alito, an appointee of George W. Bush on the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the legality of a leader who invaded a sovereign nation killing his prisoners. Except, if it was Iraq and "the......
"We're inventing a Rome," said Jonathan Munby over lunch recently, "that looks and feels like contemporary Washington." Although he was born in Yorkshire, England, and bases his freelance career in London (with frequent forays to the Royal Shakespeare...
Something funny happened on the way to Election Day 2012. In the final hours before the tally, when further argument was just noise, when there was nothing left but the waiting and the wishing and the muttering over Chicago's polling place confusion,...
First Folio Theatre, the classically-oriented Equity theater in residence at the Mayslake Estate in Oak Brook, has announced its 2013-14 season. The season begins this summer with the familiar title "The Rainmaker" (by N. Richard Nash), followed next...
The quirky, lovable aesthetic of The Hypocrites is going to be in safe hands with new artistic director Halena Kays, based on her quirky and rather lovable new production of "Six Characters in Search of an Author," that meta-dramatic classic from 1921....
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Had Simon Callow arrived in lawless Chicago a century or more ago, like one of those famous traveling British Shakespeareans of yore, proudly proselytizing for the Bard amid the stockyards and the hookers of the Levee, his "Being Shakespeare" would likely...
STRATFORD, ONTARIO — It's not easy for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to accommodate the beautiful mess. Its costs and budgets are massive, its theaters imposing — in its current configuration, Tanya Moiseiwitsch's famous Festival...
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When faced with a dark night of the soul, the powerful often seek the sustenance of subordinates. Such juicy, on-the-cusp moments — real or merely possible — are hard for playwrights to resist. Thus just as "Nixon's Nixon" memorably imagined...
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NEW YORK - No smart kid likes condescension. And any halfway clever mum or dad quickly figures out that the way to get a willful child, and they must all be willful, to love something is to pretend that they really should not like it all. That is, to a...
Even for fans for such prior endeavors as "The Bomb-itty of Errors" and "Funk it Up About Nothin'," a hip-hop version of "Othello" sounded like a stretch for the Q Brothers, that bizarre pair of theatrically inclined Caucasian rappers, born and raised...
Deep in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a weaver named Nick Bottom, the kind of ordinary, clumsy, clueless, overweight, middle-age, Cubs-and-Old Style-loving guy who can get his head transformed into that of an ass without really noticing the change,...
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