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  • Review: 'Black Box' ★★★ 1/2

    Review: 'Black Box' ★★&#9733 1/2
    Young adulthood is so very, very hard to capture honestly on screen, in all its lurches and false starts and weird little moments of truth. Compress those experiences into the weeks spent rehearsing a college play, and there's an almost absurd degree of...
  • Film Review: 'The Mend'

    Debutant feature writer-helmer John Magary directs with a great deal of verve, imbuing even the most drawn-out scenes (as his frequently are) with a clipped, punkish energy. He has a perfect counterpart in leading man Josh Lucas, who approaches his...
  • The life of Elizabeth Taylor. So, big, so blazing -- so underwritten!

    "LET me explain this. I take a step on the terrace. Where I was just a memory. I take another step -- a memory. Look! A shooting star. It's gone. Shot! It's a memory!" "You seem very wrought up, dear." So it went between Elizabeth Taylor and Noel Coward...
  • After a student's death, trying to untangle the issues

    After a student's death, trying to untangle the issues
    In "Gidion's Knot," the intriguingly tense new play from emerging writer Johnna Adams, a mother, Corryn, shows up at her son's classroom to attend a previously scheduled parent-teacher conference. Her arrival at the school is a surprise to the teacher,...
  • 2013 Fall Guide: Coming soon to a stage near you

    2013 Fall Guide: Coming soon to a stage near you
    The fall theater season of 2013 is already very much underway. From the scores of intriguing possibilities, here are 10 Chicago shows, opening between now and the holidays, that sound especially juicy. They're listed in alphabetical order; date ranges...
  • No taste for chestnuts? Here are 5 holiday-free alternatives

    No taste for chestnuts? Here are 5 holiday-free alternatives
    The earlier they trot out the decorations, the more quickly arrives the seasonal fatigue. So if you would rather choke on an undigested bit of beef than pay dearly for Ebenezer Scrooge, if you secretly hope the "Christmas Schooner" will never leave...
  • Fierce intellectual tug of war around the dinner table

    Fierce intellectual tug of war around the dinner table
    Low-grade verbal abuse of those you love passes as humorous small talk in many British households, especially those populated by snarky writers, creative types and insufferable academics from the so-called humanities. Such a family — progressive...
  • Reeling, Chicago's gay and lesbian film festival, is back

    Reeling, Chicago's gay and lesbian film festival, is back
    The timing feels serendipitous. After a hiatus in 2012 to regroup, Reeling, Chicago's long-running gay and lesbian film festival, is back — kicking off just days after Illinois lawmakers voted in favor of marriage equality. You can't plan that...
  • Winter theater 2013: 10 shows for the cold, from classic 'Caesar' to 'Other Desert Cities'

    Winter theater 2013: 10 shows for the cold, from classic 'Caesar' to 'Other Desert Cities'
    With Scrooge back under wraps, it's time for the 2013 winter theater season to begin in earnest. There's an especially strong slate of classical works opening between now and the end of March, but the offerings also are as diverse as ever. Among the...
  • A bit too tame a party for the likes of Pinter

    A bit too tame a party for the likes of Pinter
    Can "The Birthday Party" be celebrated in a wide-open space? It depends, surely, on the intent of the event. As the history of the 20th century teaches us, and as the Nobel laureate Harold Pinter understood at a very early age, unwanted, destructive...
  • 'Uncle Bob' at Mary-Arrchie ★★½ and 'Slaughter City' at Prop Thtr ★★

     'Uncle Bob' at Mary-Arrchie ★★½ and 'Slaughter City' at Prop Thtr ★★
    "Uncle Bob"  Pessimism, a character observes in this 1995 drama from Austin Pendleton, is not something that can really be enjoyed in public. Which is why perhaps we seek it out so greedily at the theater, where it can be enjoyed at a safe remove....
  • In 'Infernal Comedy,' a Chicago role for John Malkovich

    In 'Infernal Comedy,' a Chicago role for John Malkovich
    John Malkovich is performing in Chicago this weekend for the first time in five years. But the formidable and distinctive actor is not appearing at Steppenwolf Theatre, where of course he remains an ensemble member, but at Symphony Center in downtown...