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Happy 40th, Northlight Theatre

Program from Tom Stoppard's Jumpers at Northlight 1975

This season Northlight Theatre in Evanston launches its 40th anniversary with the Midwest premiere of Amanda Peet’s The Commons of Pensacola. Founded in 1974 as the Evanston Theatre Company by Frank Galati, Mike Nussbaum and Greg Kandel, Northlight’s success is documented in the Northlight Theatre Collection. Researchers can visit the archive to see the theater’s […]

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Ninety Years at the Goodman

program cover, dedication goodman theatre, october 20, 1925

This fall the Goodman raises the curtain on its 90th anniversary season. They have an exciting lineup of plays beginning with an encore production of the critically acclaimed Smokefall. The Goodman was officially dedicated on October 20, 1925. The Repertory Company gave a performance of three works that night all by the late Kenneth Sawyer […]

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Simon Brett Mysteries

Eastbourne Pier

Charles Paris is painfully aware he's not a successful actor. Or husband. Or much of anything else, except sleuth. In his latest novel in this long-running series, Simon Brett puts Charles through his paces with a collection of murders during the Christmas pantomime season in The Cinderella Killer.BibWidget Kenny Polizzi is a big-name actor from the […]

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Technology that changed Chicago: Wooden Barrels

Men loading barrels on truck

Wooden barrels have been used since ancient times. Barrels have been part of American life since the beginning of European immigration. Our first barrel maker came over on the Mayflower. Barrels were fairly cheap, reusable, strong, crushproof, weatherproof, watertight, somewhat tamperproof and could be stamped or branded with the content information.  They could be rolled […]

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Comic Book Literature

comic book 2

If you liked The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, especially how it reads like a comic book in the form of a literary novel and how it deals with big questions, I have two other books that may appeal.BibWidget In Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, Doctor Impossible has gotten bored of imprisonment […]

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