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  • REVIEW: 'The Night Alive' at Steppenwolf Theatre ★★★

    REVIEW: 'The Night Alive' at Steppenwolf Theatre ★★★
    The question of what you will feel like when you die — and, more specifically, whether you will actually feel like you are dead — suffuses Conor McPherson's "The Night Alive." The season opener at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company is another raw and beautiful entry in this great Irish playwright's stunning ongoing series of dramatic meditations on life, loneliness and the possibility of redemption.
  • Thu Tran, 'Bad Moon,' Whistler, Tim & Eric, 'The Roosevelts'

    Thu Tran, 'Bad Moon,' Whistler, Tim & Eric, 'The Roosevelts'
    Thu Tran (slight return) (The Internet, mostly). Thu Tran, the mistress and co-architect of IFC's "Food Party," a cardboard-and-glitter, puppets-and-grub series at the top of my top list back when it was running in 2009 and 2010 -- and still is,...

    Summer films for adults

     Summer films for adults
    If the clang and clutter of summer superhero movies and action behemoths aren't for you — or even if you just want a break — there are still plenty of options in the months ahead, both at the art house and the far corners of the multiplex....

    'Calvary' takes a funny-serious look at life and death

    It takes a moment. As "Calvary" opens, a small-town Irish priest sits to hear a confession. A few beats have likely come and gone before a viewer realizes that the image isn't cutting away, that the audience is being asked to watch a man listen. It's...

    Review: 'Calvary' ★★★

    Review: 'Calvary' ★★&#9733
    Scene: a confessional, somewhere in Ireland. The camera stays on Father James while an unseen male, the victim of clergy abuse long ago, speaks in seething tones about having "tasted semen" at a terrifyingly young age. Well, says the momentarily stunned...