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March 2008

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Goats, Syrup, and Other Natural Wonders

The Late Show

A few months back, we shared a tip on a staged reading of Better Late, starring Frasier’s John Mahoney and Mamet regular Mike Nussbaum. For folks who missed that gem, we’ve got another heads-up, now that the play—a December-December-December love triangle, by the May-December writing team of Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), 80, and Craig Wright (Six Feet Under), 42—is in production. Gelbart, whose credits also include Tootsie, takes the stage to talk about his career following the…

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Romancing the Stony

Fresh Eyre
How is it that the spinster Brontë sisters managed to write such passionate bodice rippers—for Victorian England, at least—despite a life of domestic doldrums on the Yorkshire moors? That’s the fundamental question British playwright Polly Teale aims to answer in Brontë, her imaginative blend of biography and fiction, presented by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. The show previews 7:30 p.m. Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd, 2:30 p.m. Sunday the 23rd, and opens 7 p.m. Monday the 24th at Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater (2257 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-871-3000). Previews are $24 to $30; regular run is $35 to $40.
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The Green Machine

Easy Being Green

The South Side Irish Parade took place on the 9th, and the weekend ahead is riddled with green beer drink-offs. Isn’t there anything authentic left to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day? It’s FitzGerald’s (6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn; 708-788-2118) to the rescue when the nightclub hosts its annual féile (that’s Gaelic for “festival”) on Monday the 17th. The merriment includes ten hours of music and dancing, 2 p.m. to midnight, with headliners the Dooley Brothers back for the band’s 26th year of playing its signature Irish-folk-meets-rock-n-roll. Other performers include the multitasking dancing/fiddler April Verch, and Kevin Flynn and the Avondale Ramblers, whose rock repertoire is…

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The Union versus The Onion


Cyprus Thrill
Sure, EU membership is monumental and all, but Cyprus just scored entry to the real power club: Chicago’s 11th annual European Union Film Festival. The first-timer joins 25 other countries for this year’s fest, which features a record 61 flicks. Things kick off 7 p.m. Friday the 7th with Estrellita, a Slovenian film about a famous violinist whose instrument…

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