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Biting Commentary

To the editors: It’s too bad you couldn’t have run side-by-side reviews of Teeth (June 10th issue) by a male and female critic. I strongly suspect that a woman reviewer (as well as many of the ladies in the audience) would have a slightly more, shall we say, sympathetic (if not out-and-out favorable) view towards […]

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The Straight Dope

A friend and I were discussing the fate of the “singing nun,” popular for a time in the 60s when we were kids. We agreed she left the convent, entered into a lesbian affair and, in a state of despondency over money matters, committed suicide. But neither of us can remember exactly why. Could you […]

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Close, but No Cigars

To the editors. I read Grant Pick’s article “A Philosopher’s Life” [June 3, 19881 with some trepidation. One never knows how one’s own words, or those of others, will be construed and misconstrued. In fact, I was generally pleased and touched by what he wrote and how he wrote it. There were two inaccuracies, however, […]

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The City File

“Sports is one of the few ways I know to get a 17-year-old at 250 pounds and 6-foot-5 to listen respectfully to an adult and take it every day,” says Larry Hawkins, director of the University of Chicago’s Office of Special Programs and coach of the 1963 state champion Carver High School basketball team, in […]

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The Papal Chase

To the editors: The conclusion to the highly biased article on “The Divine Right” [May 6] and last week’s supporting letter [May 27] spotlight the critical issue in the Roman Catholic Church in this country–papal authority. Those who start out by vilifying the so-called integralists or traditionalists or arch-conservatives seem always to end by attacking […]

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Wasting Space

To the editors: The reason for building a new central library was lack of space in the old central library. The City Planning Dept. forgot this. Great halls and atria should have been prohibited. Thus, we are confronted with choosing the best of a bad lot contrary to Ed Zotti’s assertion [“One for the Books,” […]

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Poetry Corner

To the editors: Psychopoetica is not without flaws in its documentation of human fears (Where is a poem about being afraid of catching AIDS? Now that’s scary) but any show which tries to cover such a huge subject in such a short time is doomed from the beginning. Still, some things about Achy Obejas’ review […]

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Zotti’s Taste

To the editors: Who is this chap Ed Zotti, and what qualifies him to hand out the gold medal in the Chicago Public Library design competition? (Reader, June 10.) Zotti seems to know his technical details well. He is sadly lacking though in taste, and shows a conspicuous dislike for daring and innovative design. Zotti’s […]

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Macondo

MACONDO Dreiske Performance Company at the Ivanhoe Theater Nicole Dreiske bills herself as “internationally recognized as a major force in 20th-century theatre and education.” She also claims to have directed, taught, and/or toured her productions at either 200 or 500 (her accounts of her accomplishments conflict on this point) theaters and universities across the globe. […]

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Women on Top

PAL JOEY Goodman Theatre When Pal Joey opened on Broadway in 1940, it was a controversial breakthrough: not only because of the show’s adult tone and seamy subject matter, but because (in the words of New York Herald-Tribune critic Richard Watts Jr.) it was “the only Broadway girl-and-music show I can recall in which the […]

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Barbara Cook

When Barbara Cook was in Chicago earlier this year, she was anticipating a return to Broadway in a new musical. Well, Carrie has come and gone–Cook starred as the telekinetic teenager’s Bible-thumping mama in the ill-fated show’s English premiere, but dropped out before it opened in New York (where it became the costliest failure in […]