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Friday, January 27, 2023

Viking rock by Dmitry Samarov

In a world . . . where Norse mythology meets prog rock on a set seemingly built by precocious middle-schoolers, brothers Jorik and Jarl battle one another and several deities (best known to …

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The backstabbers by Dmitry Samarov

In Witold Gombrowicz’s fictional kingdom of Burgundia, the royal court is bored. One day Prince Phillip (Keith Surney) and his consort, Simon (Gus Thomas) happen upon Ivona (Laura Nelson),…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Trust the masks by Dmitry Samarov

Drawing from a well that’s 500 years old and who knows how deep takes nerve. Yet that’s what Laughing Stock attempts with this contemporary take on commedia dell’arte. You could […] …

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Windwalkers offers a tantalizing pile of questions by Dmitry Samarov

Gabriel (Dominick Vincent Alesia) and Emmett (Lucas Matteson) are strangers in a strange land. Robbed and left out in the middle of nowhere after a bar brawl with a biker […] The post <…

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Friday, October 7, 2022

Abstraction and meaning by Dmitry Samarov

It’s rare for me to be surprised by a painting show, but I didn’t see “Taking Shape” coming. The exhibition is a generous survey of abstract art made from the […] The post Abstract…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Drawing on the past by Dmitry Samarov

Most people are lucky to have one act that hits. William Horberg is well into his third. Horberg was born in Chicago and grew up around Belmont and Broadway in […] The post Drawing on the …

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Riotsville, U.S.A. by Dmitry Samarov

Sierra Pettengill’s disquieting documentary uses only archival footage shot by the military and clips from period news coverage to explore this uncanny episode in the country’s history. …

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Temporary beauty by Dmitry Samarov

Lette (Dennis Bisto) assumes that since he’s the inventor of his company’s latest product, he’ll be the one to present it at the big upcoming corporate event. But then his […] The po…

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Catherine Called Birdy by Dmitry Samarov

Is it a good message to send young girls that they can be bad and do what they want for a little while but when the rubber hits the road they must toe the line? The post Catherine Called Bir…

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Living on luck by Dmitry Samarov

Westley Heine never dreamed of singing for change on the streets of Chicago but life sometimes offers only stark choices. Getting by as a musician, artist, or writer is uphill […] The post…

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Monday, September 19, 2022

See How They Run by Dmitry Samarov

I have no idea how an A-list cast like this was hoodwinked into participating in this wink-wink nudge-nudge snooze fest. The post See How They Run appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Performance anxiety by Dmitry Samarov

“The people who pick up flyers and show up to free classes tend to be restless searchers,” John tells his students, after remarking that there must be something wrong with […] The post…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

A little bit bloodless by Dmitry Samarov

I love Dracula. I’ve loved him ever since a Saturday afternoon in the late 70s or early 80s when I saw Bela Lugosi portray him on TV as part of […] The post A little bit bloodless appear…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Elastic Mind heralds a promising new playwright by Dmitry Samarov

Christian Alexander is the writer and co-star of this world premiere production from his brand-new company, Campfire Repertory Theatre. James (Keith Ferguson) and Michelle (Ashley Graham) co…

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Let the Little Light Shine by Dmitry Samarov

It’s a small story whose roots and branches radiate in all directions. The post Let the Little Light Shine appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

The extraordinary tragedy of daily life by Dmitry Samarov

Wolfgang Amadeus Aleksandr “Aleks” Fa has a lot of baggage. The protagonist of Joe Meno’s new novel Book of Extraordinary Tragedies has that name, after all—which also serves as a cl…

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Anonymous Club by Dmitry Samarov

Filmmaker Danny Cohen gave Barnett a Dictaphone and asked her to talk into it as she traversed the world on tours over three years, in support of her celebrated second album in 2018, and onw…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Mount Chicago tries hard, but fails by Dmitry Samarov

A novelist, writing professor, and covert comedian named Solomon Gladman wakes up one morning in Chicago, sometime in 2022. He and his French-born wife, Daphne Bourbon (would she be named Si…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Murina by Dmitry Samarov

Despite all the beautiful water, sun, and half-naked bodies, what I was left with as the credits rolled was a mere trace memory of stylish vacuity. The post Murina appeared first on Chicago …

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Friday, July 8, 2022

The ghosts of the drowned villages by Dmitry Samarov

“Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink,” Coleridge’s sailor complains in the famous 1798 poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” The mariner is talking about the plight on…

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Not just another remake by Dmitry Samarov

With over a hundred years of the moving image at their disposal, these creative people appear at a loss how to proceed. It’s a very familiar feeling. The post Not just another remake appea…

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Olga by Dmitry Samarov

This is a skillful but flawed portrait of amateur sports on the global stage that doesn’t quite stick the landing. The post Olga appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Method and madness by Dmitry Samarov

“My dear boy, why don’t you try acting?” Laurence Olivier’s quippy response to Dustin Hoffman’s story of how he stayed up three nights to fully inhabit the sleepless state of his c…

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

What Cézanne saw by Dmitry Samarov

“Cézanne, he’s the greatest of us all.”—Claude Monet to Georges Clemenceau in conversation, cited in translation in The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: A Catalogue Raisonné (trans. Joh…

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Brian and Charles by Dmitry Samarov

Charles has a mannequin head, rubber gloves for hands, and a washing-machine torso. But the rest of him is quite obviously human. His hodgepodge construction neatly describes the disjointedn…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Hell on wheels by Dmitry Samarov

Nealshow Productions premieres Pat Radke’s and Dave Satterwhite’s malaprop-fueled road-trip comedy. Candyce (Lee Satterwhite), in WWI helmet and goggles, is at the wheel of a middle-scho…

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Donbass by Dmitry Samarov

In a time when the most banal information is up for debate, this fake documentary reads as much too real. The post Donbass appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Hit the Road by Dmitry Samarov

Being the son of the great Iranian dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi and the protege of the late master director Abbas Kiarostami can’t help but cast a shadow, but if this digressive and sl…

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Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day by Dmitry Samarov

Unfortunately, what Juergens presents onscreen comes across more like a loose scrapbook or vlog than a film. The post Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day appeared first on Chicago Re…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Cruise control by Dmitry Samarov

Margaret Knapp directs the world premiere of Martha Hansen’s first play (presented by Light and Sound Productions) about five women on an Alaskan cruise—each hoping to sight something ot…

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Tyrant times by Dmitry Samarov

Steve Scott directs a storefront production of Shakespeare’s wallow into the nature of unadorned power-lust and demagoguery. With a minimal set—a couple benches, steps with a recess to i…

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