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V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014

Idiot Box

Historical Drama is the Bomb

“Manhattan” on WGN

By Devin D. O’Leary
WGN explores the history of New Mexico’s “secret city,” Los Alamos, in the explosive new drama “Manhattan.”
V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
More fun indeed
Billy McCall

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

The nekkid eye

Journey into the exposed heart of Burque’s artworld with a celebration of the body, a drama about family and poetry to scare zealous patriots.
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V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014

Idiot Box

Rated “Aaaahr”

“Crossbones” on NBC

By Devin D. O’Leary
John Malkovich steals the show as pirate king Blackbeard in NBC’s crazy “Crossbones.”
V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014

Idiot Box

Staff Infection

“The Night Shift” on NBC

By Devin D. O’Leary
NBC’s new doctor drama “The Night Shift” takes the environmentally friendly route, recycling old TV cliches for summer viewing.
V.23 No.22 | 5/29/2014
Actors Neil Faulconbridge, Benjamin Liberman and Harry Zimmerman have a word or two …

Stage Whispers

By Ian Wolff

In a Biblical sense

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), Sticky Rice and An Operatic Trilogy For Families present theatergoers with a slew of entertainment options.
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V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014
Shining lives from left to right: actors Katie Becker Colòn, Amelia Ampuero and Wendy Scott
Rick Galli

Arts Theater Preview

Radiant Dreams

By Elisa McGovern
These Shining Lives, by award-winning playwright Melanie Marlich, tells the story of women employed to apply radioactive paint to watch dials in 1920s Chicago.
V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
Love ain’t easy—just ask Molly Bloom (Sheridan Johnson) or Leopold Bloom (Brennan Foster).
Photos by Russell Maynor

Art Theater Preview

Sometimes Poison Is the Only Cure

Gibraltar stages edgy relationship at the heart of Joyce’s Ulysses

By Christopher C. Guider
Gibraltar follows Molly and Leopold Bloom over the course of a single day in Dublin. With their marriage on the rocks, Leopold is willing to try anything to rekindle the passion, even allow Molly to hook up with her overbearing concert manager Hugh “Blazes” Boylan.
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V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Juno and the Paycock’s Phil Shortell as Captain Jack and Shangreaux LaGrave as Joxer
Photos by Alan Mitchell Photography

Arts Feature

A Terrible State of Chaos

Laughter lands admidst tragedy at the Southwest Irish Theater Festival

By Christopher C. Guider
In Juno and the Paycock, great storytelling, social commentary and lyrical language elevate a seriocomic classic of Irish theater.
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V.23 No.7 | 2/13/2014
Why so unhappy, attractive French people?

Film Review

The Past

Emotional French drama explores the secrets and lies of one very troubled family

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Past is an incredibly subtle movie. Everything is played in low-key, soft voice. Very little is explicit. Mostly because none of these people wants to talk about anything that’s happening. Or has happened.
V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013
It’s love at first glare.

Film Review

Blue Is the Warmest Color

I was a teenage lesbian, and all I got was this heartbreaking movie

By Devin D. O’Leary
Depending on which way the wind blows, Blue Is the Warmest Color is either brilliant and groundbreaking or false and perverted. Honestly it’s all of that and more.
Hannah Kauffmann-Banks, Dodie Montgomery and Katy Houska
Joanna Furgal

Art Theater Preview

Frozen Loss Envisioned Afresh

Tricklock takes on Black River Falling

By Genevieve Mueller
Created and written through ensemble work by the Tricklock Company, Black River Falling is set in the home of four sisters during one of the worst snowstorms in 1890s Wisconsin.
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