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Film

Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’

The Huffington Post, September 2, 2014 — Dear Chicago museums and galleries: Would one of you please show “The Clock”? … Read my blog post at The Huffington Post or at Underground Bee.

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Theater

An unforgettable marathon of theater: The Hypocrites’ ‘All Our Tragic’

The Huffington Post, August 13, 2014 — Like most stage plays, All Our Tragic concludes with a final appearance by its cast. Just seeing all of those actors again — and thinking back on the multiple roles each of them had played on that stage over the previous 12 hours — was an unusually stirring experience on Sunday night. This was no ordinary curtain call. It felt more like watching runners crossing the finish line at the end of a marathon. Read my blog post at the Huffington Post or at Underground Bee.

Photo by Evan Hanover

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History

A new look at Hinky Dink’s star

The Huffington Post, March 5, 2013 — One of Chicago’s most famous City Council members, Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna, got a quite a gift from his supporters in the First Ward on April 22, 1897: an “alderman’s star.” … Read my blog post for the Huffington Post.

Photo from the Chicago History Museum’s blog

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Theater

Play review: ‘Everything Is Illuminated’

The Huffington Post, March 1, 2013 — Jonathan Safran Foer brilliantly twisted the English language into delightfully strange sentences in his 2002 debut novel Everything Is Illuminated, spouting much of his story through the comically garbled voice of a Ukrainian translator named Alex who sounds like he’s swallowed a thesaurus… Read my review at the Huffington Post.

Photo by Michael Brosilow

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Film

‘The Master’ in 70 mm at the Music Box

The Huffington Post, August 22, 2012 — Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated film The Master is peculiar and puzzling. The main characters are unlikable, even repellant, and somewhat opaque. Read my review at the Huffington Post.

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News

Emanuel’s gun proposal harks back to Richard J. Daley

The Huffington Post, February 13, 2012 — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Illinois should have a statewide gun registry. As the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times reported, his plan is likely to run into much resistance. Emanuel’s idea isn’t new… Read my blog post for the Huffington Post. 

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History

In search of Mrs. Luetgert’s ghost

The Huffington Post, October 31, 2011 — It isn’t easy pinning down the details of a ghost story. Rumors and urban legends circulate, but how often do you read a firsthand account from someone who says they actually saw one of those supposedly famous ghosts? Read my blog post at the Huffington Post.

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Theater

Chicago’s theater season off to a strong start

The Huffington Post, October 11, 2011 — Chicago’s fall theater season opened over the past few weeks with a flurry of major opening nights that might make you feel the way Tribune critic Charles Collins did back in 1936. I happened the other day across this quote from Collins, who had just seen several plays on Chicago stages: “I come up from under the heavy wave of first nights … blinking my eyes and shaking stars out of my hair. This has been a surfeit of pleasures akin to a debauch…” Read my blog post at the Huffington Post.

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Theater

Getting lost in ‘Sleep No More’

The Huffington Post, June 6, 2011 — I was lost in a dream for three hours one night last week in New York — wandering through the rooms of a haunted hotel, running up and down stairs as I chased after the characters from a Shakespeare tragedy, witnessing blood spilled and washed off their bodies, watching it all through the eyeholes of a white Venetian mask. Read my blog post at the Huffington Post or Underground Bee.

Photo by Yaniv Shulman

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Theater

Play review: ‘There Is a Happiness That Morning Is’

The Huffington Post, April 15, 2011 — Each time I see a play by Mickle Maher, it reminds me of how much I love words. And it’s pretty obvious that Maher — an Evanston playwright, actor and member of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck — is in love with words, too. Read my review at the Huffington Post.

Photo by John W. Sisson Jr.