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Setting Up the Jokes for Maximum Effect

George Heymont | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Wardrobe malfunctions can be unsettling, hilarious, scary, or (in the case of Janet Jackson's 2004 half-time show at Superbowl XXXVIII), historic. However, when push comes to shove, if a comic element is involved, it helps to have the audience in on the joke.

When the Claws Come Out

George Heymont | Posted 12.03.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Who doesn't love a good cat fight? I'm not talking about old-fashioned ladies mud wrestling or a trailer trash hair-pulling contest. I'm referring to the kind of fight where acid thoughts fly across the stage on malicious darts guided by a frightening level of intelligence.

Stage Door: Chicago, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Chicago, at the Ambassador Theater, hits a winning combination: marrying social commentary to slick showmanship.