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Some Like ’em Long

To the editors: Congratulations on the wonderful article by Larry Rand, “How I Lost the Vietnam War” [June 26]. I saw the comment by your reader who considered it an insult to the men who fought over there. I don’t understand why it is not obvious that people who objected to the war did not […]

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The Jesus and Mary Chain

The singles that made this English band the talk of Anglos and Anglophiles everywhere back in ’85 were a unique brand of punk schlock. They were framed by a resonant, pulsating bass hum at one end of the sonic spectrum and a shrill, dissonant layer of guitar feedback at the other; together, these effects combined […]

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A Time to Lie

CROSS MY HEART *** (A must-see) Directed by Armyan Bernstein Written by Armyan Bernstein and Gail Parent With Martin Short, Annette O’Toole, Paul Reiser, and Joanna Kerns. Like a 3-D movie, in which the illusion of depth is utterly dependent on the spectator’s rigidly foursquare frontal viewing position, Armyan Bernstein’s Cross My Heart is flat […]

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White Does Right

CRY FREEDOM ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Richard Attenborough Written by John Briley With Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, and Penelope Wilton. Gandhi, the man, is a mighty hard act to follow; Gandhi the motion picture, alas, is not. In Cry Freedom director Richard Attenborough does his damnedest to deliver a stirring wide-screen, Dolby-amplified sequel, but […]

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Who’s in Jail

To the editors: In his November 6 City File column, Harold Henderson stated (correctly) that among all inmates in Cook County Jail at any given time, only one out of eight is actually serving time for a criminal conviction. What the column failed to address was why the other 87 percent of the inmates are […]

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The Homecoming

THE HOMECOMING Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company at the Broadway Arts Center “All in the Family” might not be a bad subtitle for The Homecoming. In Harold Pinter’s best-known play the sins of the mother are visited on the sons–with compound interest–but most of all on a sister-in-law who worked overtime to deserve them. Tainting both familial […]

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Omnipotent Eddie

To the editors: Read your most informative article [“The Blacks and the Browns,” November 6]. After 3000 or so words of what appears to be telling it like it be, got to the real crux. It’s all Vrdolyak’s doing. God, that dumb Croatian is omnipotent. Now I know I made the right choice in voting […]

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

If there’s an a cappella singing group anywhere on the planet performing popular music with more gorgeous harmonies, shimmering arrangements, or soulful swing than Ladysmith Black Mambazo, I wish somebody would send me a tape. Best known in this country as the vocalists that put much of the grace in Paul Simon’s Graceland album, this […]

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A Different Moon

A DIFFERENT MOON Stage Left Theatre Company I might as well admit it up front: this is going to be an unfair review of the Stage Left Theatre’s production of A Different Moon, by Ara Watson. I’ve seen the play before. About five years ago the Next Theatre Company in Evanston did a memorable, to […]

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Nuts

Before he was blacklisted in 1951, director Martin Ritt received much of his training in live television, and the virtues as well as limitations of 50s TV drama at its best are still reflected in his movies. This all-star courtroom drama, adapted by Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan, and Alvin Sargent from Topor’s play, centers on […]

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Rough Crossing

ROUGH CROSSING Body Politic Theatre Rough Crossing is a hoot, a good time, as pure an escape as when the bell rang and you ran out of school for recess. We all need that recess from time to time. Sure, you’ll have to leave the theater and confront again all of life’s problems; Rough Crossing […]

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Controversy on Clybourn: Attack of the Amazing Expanding Seven-Screen Theater

By one o’clock on Saturday afternoon, traffic is backed up for blocks at several intersections in Lincoln Park. The cars belong to shoppers, diners, and prospective home owners, mostly, driving round and round looking for someplace to park, so they can get out of their cars and peruse the boutiques, restaurants, and newly constructed homes […]