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1984 -- Steppenwolf Theater (10/31/15)

Fortunately I am allowed more than six words for “good” when writing about 1984, which returned to Chicago at Steppenwolf’s upstairs theater after an original production at Lookingglass in 2004.  543 more words


Sunset Song (UK-Luxembourg 2015)

This film is in the Official Selection at the Leeds International Film Festival. From the opening sequences the meticulous mise en scène and the overbearing father figure we are in the familiar territory of director Terence Davies. 723 more words

Festivals And Conferences

Treasure Island -- Lookingglass Theater (10/25/15)

Every ticket purchased for a Mary Zimmerman play carries the promise of her unique approach to theater, and Lookingglass’s production of Treasure Island (adapted and directed by Zimmerman) is no exception. 534 more words


The Many Rights and Many Wrongs of Room

One of the biggest and most common accusations one faces when one decides to try and become a film critic is people that complain you only focus on the negative aspects of a film. 895 more words


“People say I have a period face” (Tom Hiddleston)

Judge for yourselves, ladies and gents:

I would say 1920s myself, although I bet he gives good late-18th century too (dedicated to my friend M, who has never quite recovered from the fact that both Benedict Cumberbatch and Jamie Parker insist on being married to women who aren’t her). 1,316 more words


Peter and the Starcatcher -- Drury Lane Oakbrook (10/3/15)

Peter and the Starcatcher begins exactly where it needs to begin—a world that bears minimal semblance to Peter Pan.  Eleven actors (10 males and one female) stand at the front of a stage made of thick wood planks and dive headfirst into their well-rehearsed exchanges of dialogue and movements.  483 more words


Sense and Sensibility

Before there were films, there were books. And in fact, before there were good films, good books usually proceeded them. Throughout the month of September, I’ll be paying tribute to my favorite literary adaptations in cinema. 511 more words