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Review: Band Geeks: A Halftime Musical

Matthew Winer, Staff writer

October 10, 2006

The current production of Band Geeks: A Halftime Musical is a remounting of a comedy hit from last summer. This new production features a new ending as well as other surprises. Set in Elyria, Ohio in 1989, the show opens as the band geeks are boarding the bus for band camp. One by one, we are introduced to the freaks, jocks...

Review: King Lear

Mike Arch, Staff writer

October 10, 2006

Director Robert Falls opens the 20th-anniversary season at the Goodman Theater with William Shakespeare's King Lear. The production has been extended to run through October 22. Stacy Keach (Lear) leads a cast of 29 members that include such well-known Chicago Actors Steve Pickering (Kent), Kevin Gudahl (Albany), and Howard Witt...

The all-American family

Angelica Garcia, Staff writer

October 10, 2006

The American Theater Company brings back William Inge's original play The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. William Inge was born in Independence, Kansas on March 3, 1913. After getting his masters from the George Peabody College for Teachers, he began working as a drama and music critic for the St. Louis Times. A new world...

Clowning Around

Cashmere Patterson, Staff Writer

September 26, 2006

While the small audience in the Chicago Cultural Ceter whispered among themselves, the lights dimmed as a man balancing himself on what appeared to be a beach ball, while simultaneously juggling three balls, entered the room. Child-like music blared from two large speakers as Paul Miller (a.k.a. Pauly the Clown) made his way...

Helen of…Egypt?

Angelica Garcia, Staff Writer

September 26, 2006

The age-old Greek myth of Helen of Troy has been reinvented once again in Ellen McLaughlin's play Helen, now playing at the Next Theater Company. The general understanding of her story is that Zeus, Helen's father, impregnates Leda, the Queen of Sparta and wife to King Tyndareus. There are different versions of how Helen...

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