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The Hanslick Girls

"Three is company, safe and cheery" -Stephen Sondheim

Her Unexpected Journey: Lindsay Ellis’ “Hobbit Trilogy”

“Check the description and tell me if it reads all right.”

Eleanor leaned over Gwen’s shoulder, squinting to make out the text on her computer screen. Next to a photo of Gwen smizing was a block of text – Gwen’s brief bio of herself.

“This will be the first thing people see on my website,” Gwen reminded Eleanor. “It has to strike the proper tone. Smart, but approachable. Professional, but…”

“But you don’t have a stick up your butt, I get it,” Eleanor said. Returning to the bio, she checked over all the information for typos, or unsightly details. Near the bottom, her eyes narrowed.

“Do people care about your favorite critics?” she asked, craning her neck back.

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Drilling Down: The House Theatre of Chicago’s “Borealis”

“Is it always so…close like that?”

Dania indicated her feet, still tucked up under her chair after the set had been constructed mere inches from her.

“Usually,” Gwen said. “I believe every show I’ve seen at The House is arranged into alley seating, or in the round. They want the audience to feel like part of the action.”

“Well, I was definitely almost kicked in the face.”

“They rehearse so that doesn’t happen,” Gwen added. “Surely.”

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Act Like You’re There: Shedd Aquarium’s “Wild Reef” Exhibit

“Did we already look at the Great Lakes animals?” Gwen asked, glancing around. Shedd Aquarium’s unique architecture, designed around a rotunda that served as the hub, was both simple to navigate and easy to get turned around in.

“Yeah, that’s where the huge crabs are,” Dania said. “And the eel petting.”

“Eel petting was in the Australian wing,” Eleanor corrected.

“What about this one?”

Dania was pointing to a relatively bright room, off to the side of the main hall. Almost no signage indicated what the room contained, save for a two word title treatment affixed on the wall.

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March To The Beat: Charles Stone III’s “Drumline”

“I want to count someday,” Gwen said, as the screen faded to black, “what percentage of sports movies end with a heroic freeze frame. It must be at least fifty or sixty percent?”

“Was that the end?”Eleanor asked, though the beginning of the credits answered the question for her.

“What else did you think would happen?” asked Gwen.

“I don’t know, some kind of post-win scene,” Eleanor said. “Something having to do with the relationship to Zoë Saldana.”

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