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  • Tragic 'Twenty-Seventh Man' brings power of the pen to bear

    Nathan Englander's short story, "The Twenty-Seventh Man," from his debut collection, "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges," is so impeccably pulled off, so beautifully composed in the spirit of the great Yiddish writers it depicts that the notion of...
  • Muti is back with the CSO, weighty Mozart Requiem in tow

    Muti is back with the CSO, weighty Mozart Requiem in tow
    Riccardo Muti may be a strict constructionist when it comes to his beloved Giuseppe Verdi, but with respect to Mozart's music, his interpretations harken to performance attitudes beloved of earlier generations of great European musicians, especially those...
  • 'Dead Man' is wrenching music drama in first full area staging

     'Dead Man' is wrenching music drama in first full area staging
    Until Northwestern University did the honors last weekend, Chicago was virtually the last major American city not to have seen a fully staged production of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking." A grievous oversight, considering the work's proven popular...
  • Movie review: Smith and Robbie throw a wet blanket into �Focus�

    The trouble with movies about "The Big Con" is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. "Focus" one-ups that by pushing a romance to the fore, one that is supposed to be fun, sexy...
  • Movie review: �Mala� star isn't cruel enough to cut it in this Mexican romantic comedy

    Maria Laura, the heroine of "A La Mala," is a thin, slinky bombshell of an actress who uses her talents to flirt with other women's beaus to test their loyalty. The acting roles aren't there, but there is no shortage of women who need a professional...
  • REVIEW: 'One Came Home' at Lifeline Theatre

     REVIEW: 'One Came Home' at Lifeline Theatre
    Amy Timberlake's "One Came Home" has a distinct whiff of "True Grit" in its bones, with a dash of Ian McEwan's "Atonement." But in Lifeline Theatre's world premiere adaptation by Jessica Wright Buha, the story of Georgie Burkhardt's search in 1871...
  • Joe Henry, Sam Phillips showcase smart songwriting at Largo

    Joe Henry, Sam Phillips showcase smart songwriting at Largo
    Singer and songwriter Joe Henry referenced a coincidence Saturday during the show he shared at Largo at the Coronet with another L.A.-based musician and artist, Sam Phillips. The show shared the same day as the 50th anniversary of the assassination of...
  • Reif Larsen's 'I Am Radar' transmits narrative magic

     Reif Larsen's 'I Am Radar' transmits narrative magic
    The big, beautiful, ambitious novel "I Am Radar" opens as Radar Radmanovic is born during a fantastic blackout in suburban New Jersey. Although his parents are white, the baby has charcoal-black skin; doctors can find no medical explanation. His mother,...
  • Review: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Anne McDermott at the Bach Festival

     Review: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Anne McDermott at the Bach Festival
    Things got off to a lovely start at Sunday's Bach Festival concert featuring violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. There was a beguiling tentativeness to Salerno-Sonnenberg's playing as her violin gently introduced the...
  • Movie review: Don't see this documentary on an empty stomach

    You may see better, more Oscar-worthy documentaries this year. But you will never see one more mouth watering than "Deli Man," Erik Greenberg Anjou's look at the dying dietary tradition of America's Jewish delicatessens. It's a playful and tasty crash...
  • Movie review: Stiles and child are menaced by Colombian ghosts in �Out of the Dark�

    There's something chilling about thrillers that put a child in jeopardy. And from the minute we meet Hannah (Pixie Davies) in "Out of the Dark," she's being menaced. Her parents (Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman) have just moved with her from London to...