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  • REVIEW: 'Methtacular!' at Theater Wit ★★★

     REVIEW: 'Methtacular!' at Theater Wit ★★★
    Be it a story of sex, booze, cocaine or, in the case of the actor Steven Strafford, crystal methamphetamine, aka the most dangerous drug in the world, the challenge with any personal narrative of addiction is maintaining sympathy for the addict. Hear one more story about one more trip to the bar, or one more needle into the arm, and it's easy to start to feel like you and the teller are wallowing in a collective dance of dysfunction that you did not need to pay money to read or, especially, to watch writ large on a stage.
  • 'November Man' started with Chicago newsman

    'November Man' started with Chicago newsman
    When the Chicago Daily News went out of business in March 1978 and some of its staff merged with its sister paper the Sun-Times, I walked out of that building with three others who no longer had newspaper jobs, and one of them was named Bill Granger....

    Open thread: The Weeks in Review

    What's on your mind and in the media that we haven't covered here? Shows: Neil Steinberg and I -- not the Mincing Rascals...yet -- chew over the week's news with Justin Kaufmann: Chicago Newsroom CAN TV:Host Ken Davis is joined...

    Review: 'My Lunches With Orson' edited by Peter Biskind

    Review: 'My Lunches With Orson' edited by Peter Biskind
    When critics are too lazy to explain how and why something works, they compare it to magic. On the second page of his introduction to "My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles," Peter Biskind describes Welles'...

    Review: 'From Black Sox to Three-Peats' edited by Ron Rapoport

    Review: 'From Black Sox to Three-Peats' edited by Ron Rapoport
    "The papers in Chicago in those days were unlike any printed anywhere else," wrote the great Hugh Fullerton in 1928 for the Saturday Evening Post. "They were written largely in the language that the wild growing young city understood." On the evidence...