The Murray Effect

This column by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on August 11, 2005. Bill Murray is turning out to the best actor since, well, Ivan Mosjoukine. Ivan who? I’m referring the Russian actor who was the subject of the famous “Kuleshov Effect” experiment. In the 1920s, Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov conducted an experiment that… Continue reading The Murray Effect

The sensational ‘Sower’

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on June 23, 2005. A naked man extends his hands, casting seeds. Although it was inspired by a Bible verse, this 7-foot-tall bronze sculpture scandalized Chicago in 1916. After being hidden away in storage for decades, Albin Polásek’s statue has found a new home at… Continue reading The sensational ‘Sower’

Play review: ‘Arms and the Man’

This review by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on June 2, 2005. Like most Americans, I am totally ignorant of whatever traits the people of Bulgaria possess. So it’s hard to say whether George Bernard Shaw was being fair to Bulgarians when he set his 1894 satire of love and war, “Arms and the… Continue reading Play review: ‘Arms and the Man’

Behind the scenes of Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Silk’

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on April 28, 2005. It’s late March, and Mary Zimmerman has one month to go before her newest play, “Silk,” opens at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. The Goodman’s publicists are busy putting out press releases about the Tony Award-winning Evanston resident’s latest effort. Full-page advertisements for “Silk” are… Continue reading Behind the scenes of Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Silk’

Hideout’s not so hidden anymore

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on September 23, 2004. How long does it take to find the Hideout? These days, many fans of indie rock and alt-country know exactly where the Chicago bar is. It may be located on a side street surrounded by warehouses and old factories, without any real… Continue reading Hideout’s not so hidden anymore

Tony Bennett Q&A

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on August 26, 2004. Tony Bennett, who will perform a sold-out concert Saturday at Ravinia, talked with Pioneer Press earlier this summer about his career and the art of the song. Q: Are you working on a new album? A: I’m just finishing it up.… Continue reading Tony Bennett Q&A

Film review: ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (2004)

This review by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE *** Director Jonathan Demme keeps up a fever pitch in this delirious nightmare of political paranoia, but despite some compelling action, it’s never as convincing as John Frankenheimer’s version from 1962. The original must have seemed joltingtly surreal when it first came… Continue reading Film review: ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (2004)

Edward Albee interview

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on February 18, 2004. Edward Albee, one of the most famous living playwrights, says he never writes second drafts. “I don’t do rewrites,” said Albee, who will speak Saturday at Dominican University in River Forest. “I don’t do drafts. There’s a danger present in doing draft… Continue reading Edward Albee interview

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