Film review: ‘Death of Mr. Lazarescu’

This review by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press. THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU **** A fictional feature that seems as real as a documentary, this Romanian film follows a poor, ailing man’s night-long odyssey through a maze of ambulances and hospitals leading to the inevitable ending foretold by the title. Along the way,… Continue reading Film review: ‘Death of Mr. Lazarescu’

DVD review: Myrna Loy & William Powell films

This review by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press. MYRNA LOY AND WILLIAM POWELL COLLECTION **1/2 The old “Thin Man” mystery-comedies starring Myrna Loy and William Powell as debonair sleuths are the epitome of breezy old-style Hollywood entertainment. Each one feels like a visit with old friends, so it’s natural to want more. As it… Continue reading DVD review: Myrna Loy & William Powell films

DVD review: Bela Tarr films

This review by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press. WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES **** Six years after it was made, this masterpiece of surrealism by iconoclastic Hungarian director Bela Tarr is finally available on DVD in the U.S., thanks to Chicago’s Facets Video. In this gorgeously filmed black-and-white epic, peculiar and menacing events happen for reasons… Continue reading DVD review: Bela Tarr films

Buddy Guy Q&A

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in The Daily Southtown on December 24, 2006. For years, Chicago blues fans could count on one thing happening every January — Buddy Guy would play a marathon series of concerts at his Chicago nightclub. But when Guy, an Orland Park resident, performs 18 shows next month at… Continue reading Buddy Guy Q&A

Tom Waits: 2006 concert review

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in The Daily Southtown on August 21, 2006. As Tom Waits and his musicians approached the Auditorium Theatre’s stage Wednesday night, their shadows loomed high on the curtains, like specters in a haunted house. Even in the flesh and blood, Waits seemed supernatural. Twitchily gesturing with his outstretched fingers,… Continue reading Tom Waits: 2006 concert review

On props and prop masters

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Playbill magazine in the summer of 2007. Last spring, as Lookingglass Theatre held tech rehearsals for the African war drama Black Diamond: The Year the Locusts have Eatern, freelance prop designer Rachel Jamieson sat in the theatre pondering fake blood. “There’s a lot of it,” she says.… Continue reading On props and prop masters

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