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2. Last week, the man we'll now be calling Charles "old crank" Isherwood declared he won't see another of Adam Rapp's plays ever again. But he also wrote, "Contrary to popular myth, drama critics don’t salivate at the chance to savage a playwright’s work. It’s still less appealing to continue doing so, year in and year out. Who wants to be cast as the playground bully who won’t leave the poor kid alone?" Seriously, impressive work on Rapp's part, being so terrible as to inspire someone to never see your work again. Bravo.
4. Tonight at 7 pm, the Goodman's Education Department will be visited by WBEZ's Sound Opinions crew (Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot) to discuss the price of fame in today's performance industry. They'll be joined by iO's Charna Halpern, and there will be an interactive game hosted by Collaboraction; "The atmosphere will be that of a red-carpet event, in which each attendee is essentially fulfilling the role of a celebrity—forced to make their way past a throng of paparazzi just to get in." Sounds...rough. It's all part of the Goodman's CONTEXT series, and is inspired by Red.
5. The Wall Street Journal takes on Chicago theatre; this time 'round, it's Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at Writers' Theatre. Terry Teachout says that he doubts "that The Real Thing will soon receive a better production than the one now playing at Chicago's Writers' Theatre." (Also, he "strongly suggest[s] that you leave this one alone", when referring to Adam Rapp's Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, so maybe he and Charles Isherwood should form a club.
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