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First Nighter: 'Bauer' Is Marvelously Artistic About Art

David Finkle | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In the history of art, the importance of patrons has rarely been underestimated. The egregious result of Solomon Guggenheim's support for Rudolf Bauer is one of the most disturbing instances. In Bauer, it receives superlative treatment.

'No Exit,' Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, Long Beach, CA

James Scarborough | Posted 10.10.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

It takes place in a small room. No windows, no mirrors, no way out. Uptown Estelle (Genevieve Simon) is attracted to Garcin (Anthony B. Cohen). Inez (Natalie Beisner) is attracted to Estelle.

First Nighter: Musicals "Atomic," "The Mapmaker's Opera," "ValueVille"

David Finkle | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Atomic, at the Acorn, is the show that asks the musical question: Once the A-bomb was realized, was it wise to use it? Coming up with an answer requi...

A Divine Comedy

Francis Levy | Posted 08.10.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

Dante's journey comprises hell, purgatory and paradise and is filled with illustrious saints and sinners. But what is the modern equivalent? What is our hell, our purgatory?

Ascending to Hell: No Exit at the Pearl Theatre/ Satchmo at the Waldorf at the Westside Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Looks like hell is a step up, as the characters in Jean-Paul Sartre's mid century allegory step off the elevator into a swank upscale loft in the Pear...

Terrence McNally's Valentine to The Pearl Theater Company

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.30.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Onstage backstage, at the Pearl Theater's production of "And Away We Go," six actors celebrate theater history. Set in the detritus of years of costum...

Save The Heartland Cafe

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matthew Filipowicz

If you are a liberal or a progressive living in Chicago, you very likely have been to the Heartland Cafe. A veritable lefty oasis smack dab in the mi...