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Dressed for Excess

RHYME OR TREASON Music/Theatre Workshop at the Beacon Street Gallery Love is absurd. It’s quiet. It’s loud. It’s passionate and even violent. But in Rhyme or Treason, the new collaborative performance presented by Music/Theatre Workshop, love isn’t the only thing that’s blind and confused. Here are 45 minutes of excess and aimlessness. Try this mixed […]

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The Jewel of Joliet

To the editors: Yes, downtown Joliet is a moribund shell of its thriving former self. Yes, I miss the economic vitality of the area that figures in pleasant childhood memories. But your writer could have been a little more fair! I can’t believe that, in his brief tour of the central city [“The Ditch That […]

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A View From the Bridge

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Synergy Theatre Company at the Broadway Arts Center The pot really boils in this 1949 Arthur Miller domestic tragedy–where the arrival of one too many relatives triggers a violent jealousy in a too-close family. As in Miller’s other early plays, All My Sons and Death of a Salesman, A View […]

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Melting Pot Shot

To the editors: Black versus brown versus white versus whatever. The article [“The Blacks and the Browns,” November 6] was interesting enough, but I think it ignores the real, underlying issue: the “great melting pot” no longer exists. The birth of politically powerful racial special interest groups has created a new situation (and more power […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve enclosed the brochure of a company calling itself “Business Research, Inc.,” which purports to offer easy money for stuffing envelopes for them–$1.40 per envelope. Supposedly you can “easily mail 300 a week by working one or two hours daily,” all in the comfort of your home. Sounds unreal, doesn’t it? What do you know […]

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A Tree Falls in Vain

To the editors: I think you should start over at the Reader and make some drastic changes. Most of the people I’ve talked to around the University of Chicago agree that no one reads those long, same articles every week. Every week it feels like you’re looking at the same issue you did the week […]

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The City File

“We have more leisure time to do things that wreck our bodies,” says Thomas L. Jones of the University of Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Education Services. “More accidents are occurring. . . . And better medical care is allowing people both to survive accidents that leave them disabled and to live longer, acquiring the disabilities […]

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Fringier Than Thou

To the editors: At the risk of sounding “Fringier-than-thou” you just don’t know what the Fringe is until you’ve performed openly as a gay theater company! I read with amusement and dismay Dan Liberty’s chronicle of Stormfield Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe [October 23]. “The World’s Largest Cultural Event,” as they bill themselves, is […]

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Omission Control

To the editors: Your October 30th article on Day of the Dead festivities [Calendar, “Minority Rites: Artists celebrate the Day of the Dead”] does not mention that Clay Morrison’s most recent altar installation is on view through November 29th at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Pilsen. There is also a series of modern […]

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War Is Swell

HOPE AND GLORY *** (A must-see) Directed and written by John Boorman With Sebastian Rice Edwards, Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Derrick O’Connor, Susan Wooldridge, Sammi Davis, and Ian Bannen. Disasters sometimes take on a certain nostalgic coziness when seen through the filter of public memory. Southerners’ recollections of the Civil War and the afterglow felt […]

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Death in Packaging

To the editors: Dale Alekel-Carlson is quite right when she says we all need to recycle and reuse things more, and to reduce wastes generated at the source [Neighborhood News, October 30]. However, she is all wrong–DEAD wrong–when she says, “We should incinerate what we can’t recycle.” There are many materials which release toxic gases […]