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Born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, and now reside on the north side of Chicago.


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Re: “The Last Defender

It was awesome; highly recommended.

Posted by johnskrb on 05/31/2016 at 11:59 AM

Re: “The Front Page

This is the play behind one of my all-time favorite films "His Girl Friday" (directed by Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell). Although the same screwball plot is there, the original source is quite different. The focus is much more on the crudeness of the newspapermen (and they _were_ men) and the "news" competition. I could've used a script with a glossary to understand some of the jargon and 1920s-era references in real time.

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Posted by johnskrb on 07/12/2011 at 6:09 AM

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Re: “Porn, this way

That was a very simplistic, psychologizing response to the Gay GOP question.

Those individuals may simply find support for the welfare state to be incompatible with their belief in individuality, and in keeping the government out of people's lives -- both personal and business. For example, the log cabin R's promote "the core values of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets and a strong national defense while advocating for the freedom and equality of gay and lesbian Americans."…

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Posted by johnskrb on 10/30/2012 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Fiction Issue 2012: "Sky Boys"

Awewsome story. I was hooked from the first paragraph ...

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Posted by johnskrb on 01/15/2012 at 6:20 AM

Re: “All I want for Christmas is a City Council with a backbone

For those who refer to the TIF being paid back in x years:
Recall that the money _never_ gets paid back to the taxing authorities from which it was diverted. Instead, the incremental revenue from the development (and that's the "I" in "TIF") will just go back into the slush fund.

Posted by johnskrb on 12/28/2011 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Dream Theatre

I just noticed when viewing my profile that my earlier review of WildFlowers was dismissed as being that of a "paid shill" by Observer. Unlike Observer, I am not an anonymous user and I actually paid to see the play, so the criticism is untrue and unwarranted. I stand by the review.

Posted by johnskrb on 12/01/2011 at 3:55 PM

Re: “The Farnsworth Invention

I loved this play; Sorkin's distinct dialog and fast-paced story-telling kept the packed storyline moving while still allowing the audience to follow along.

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Posted by johnskrb on 07/12/2011 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Wild Flowers

I heartily recommend Wild Flowers, and thoroughly enjoyed both the witty dialog and the interesting plot (although the review above contains too many spoilers, so don't read if you plan to attend -- whoops, probably too late for that warning!). The acting was also quite excellent!

Posted by johnskrb on 07/12/2011 at 5:52 AM

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