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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 10 2013

Last summer Michael Shannon returned to Chicago and his home ensemble, A Red Orchid Theatre, to star in Sam Shepard's Simpatico. I reviewed the show, and, when I arrived at the subject of Shannon's performance, I wasn't very complimentary, saying that he'd resorted to a "cartoonish exasperation that gets reactive laughs but doesn't serve Shepard's dark ends." It seemed to me that Shannon was doing the same overblown stuff he'd done as the villain in the 2012 action movie Premium Rush. I suggested he "spend some more time onstage" to get his considerable theatrical chops back. Only I neglected to write down the part about his considerable theatrical chops. Not long after that somebody sent me an interview Shannon had done for Malibu magazine. Oddly enough, my name comes up in it. The Simpatico review, Shannon told his interlocutor (Eric Spitznagel, author of The Junk Food Companion and Ron Jeremy: The (Hardest) Working Man in Show Biz), "ripped my heart out of my chest. It got nasty." Continue reading >>

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