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  • 'The Project(s)': Unforgettable stories from Chicago public housing

    'The Project(s)': Unforgettable stories from Chicago public housing
    No one who was living in Chicago in 1994 can ever forget the death of 5-year-old Eric Morse, who fell to his death from the 14th floor of the Ida B. Wells public housing complex on Chicago's South Side, after two neighborhood boys, aged 10 and 11, dangled and then pushed him out of the window for refusing to steal candy from a store.
  • Anna Deavere Smith mines for meaning in 'uhhs,' 'you knows'

    Anna Deavere Smith mines for meaning in 'uhhs,' 'you knows'
    The Baltimore-born writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith looks for the places in language where the intellect breaks down and raw feeling takes over. Nearly always, she finds it in the "uhhs," "you knows," sentence fragments and the other stuff that...

    Between states: Ideas in the Civil War-set play 'The Whipping Man'

    Between states: Ideas in the Civil War-set play 'The Whipping Man'
    Martin Benson deferred his enlistment in Civil War drama for half a century, but now the stage director is bringing a zeal for realism to "The Whipping Man," his first assignment concerning America's bloody — and far from finished —...

    Ambitious new work would help elevate Center Theatre Group

    Ambitious new work would help elevate Center Theatre Group
    Taking stock of Center Theatre Group on the occasion of the Music Center's 50th anniversary is a bit like trying to summarize an up-and-down marriage. So many reasons to leave, so many cherished moments making it impossible to go. After the rudderless...

    For Henry Louis Gates Jr., a lifelong interest in family history in 'Finding Your Roots'

    For Henry Louis Gates Jr., a lifelong interest in family history in 'Finding Your Roots'
    Those who develop a strong interest in their forebears tend to do so later in life. But that was not the way for Henry Louis Gates Jr. The Ivy League professor, whose fascinating genealogical show "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr." is now in...