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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Friday, October 22

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In the wake of the deadly E2 nightclub trampling, Chicago's Department of Revenue has been cracking down on that most Chicago-y of entertainment venues, the storefront theater. Since Nov. 21, the city has issued cease-and-desist orders to five theaters with insufficient or outdated permits -- TimeLine Theater, Playground Improv Theater, Artistic Home, Profiles, and WNEP. Tribune theater critic Michael Phillips worries about the chilling effect on the city's independent theater scene. [Trib login: gapers/gapers]

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