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The Wind in the Willows

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Bailiwick Repertory In the bestial microcosm of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, the highest praise an animal can receive is that it is “sensible.” A good, solid English quality like overcooked roast beef, reasonableness based on clearheaded good sense is just what characterizes the gruff Badger, resourceful Rat, and […]

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Gays and Dullards

To the editors: It must be that letters like Jim Beebe’s (October 17) get into print merely to show the ignorance under which some people operate. He writes, “On the eve of the ‘Gay Rights’ vote, a homosexual school principal was arrested in a Chicago motel with one of his students. This sort of behavior […]

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Lighten Up

To the editors: After reading Franklin Soults’s humorless and verbose response to the McComas and Rohan letter [December 5] all that came to mind was this question: When are these hyperanalytical critics going to stop boring everybody with their endless rants? When, Mr. Soults, are you going to realize that the sheer pretentiousness of your […]

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Cutting Remarks

To the editors: This letter is in reference to David Fremon’s article, “The Latino Vote: Muscle or Myth” (October 24). The judgment and professional standards manifest in the piece do not reflect the thoughtful, incisive reporting we have come to expect from the Reader. That you, as publisher and editor of a serious weekly newspaper, […]

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The Good Thief

To the editors: Saint Dima (the Spanish pronunciation), who proved efficacious in restoring to Achy Obejas her stolen property (Our Town, December 12), may be more recognizable in his traditional spelling, Saint Dismas. Known by this name since the mid-fourth century Acts of Pilate, he is the Good Thief crucified with Jesus, as told in […]

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Mies Is Less

To the editors: Ed Zotti has done some good writing on architecture for the Reader and other journals. In his recent article on Louis Sullivan [November 28], however, he stumbles badly. First of all, Zotti offers in his piece a veritable Thanksgiving-Day cornucopia of inconsistencies and contradictions. Examples: He damns Sullivan, then praises him; calls […]

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Family Ties

To the editors: After having read the article of December 5, 1986, dealing with racism in West Lawn, in which my uncle, Joseph Rogul, was extensively quoted, I feel compelled to express my own view. This is due in part to the fact that our names are exactly the same and I wish to avoid […]

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The $14 Car Wash

Roger Vanoer says he’d heard every get-rich-quick scheme under the sun from his old pal David Launius. A veteran of absurdity, including an acting stint on a Mr. Big paper towel commercial with the Bears’ William “Refrigerator” Perry, Vanoer, 31, chuckles frequently as he tells his story. “David and I were going to open a […]

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Market Segments

DEALING Northlight Theatre The Organic Theater under Stuart Gordon had enormous success with its series of slice-of-life plays that blended drama with documentary detail. Gordon and his actors conducted Wrigley Field field trips to research die-hard Cubs fans for Bleacher Bums, and haunted local emergency rooms for E/R. The joke was they’d just keep going […]

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Gays in Dignity

To the editors: Achy Obejas’s article on gay Catholics was informative and provocative [Neighborhood News, November 28]. I get really tired of gay people who keep whining that they are “not political” as though this somehow insulates them from the world around them. The “Dignettes” seem to think their lack of being political (or politically […]

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Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss’s attempt to out-Mozart Mozart may not be the sublime, wise treatise on love he intended, but it is now appreciated all over the world as an elegant, tasteful romp about marital indiscretion among the Viennese gentry. And it has come to epitomize for us the gilded-age Vienna, a time and place nostalgically evoked […]