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Rick Moranis Gets Short Shrift

To the editors: Jonathan Rosenbaum screwed up in his review of the movie Cross My Heart [“A Time to Lie,” November 20]. Rick Moranis, not Martin Short, portrayed the unctuous and egocentric Dick Cavett on SCTV, including the SCTV skit in which Cavett interviewed himself, which was one of the most brilliantly conceived, written, and […]

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Gay Laughter

To the editors: Achy Obejas’s latest review, “Reading: Little Wimmin” [November 6], allows Achy, and not Armistead Maupin, to increase misunderstandings between the gay male and lesbian community. Achy continues to drop her proverbial “gauntlet” on the gay male community whenever she has the chance. Achy’s view of the world is limited by her desperately […]

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Field & Street

“If a person knows only four birds,” wrote Edward, Forbush, “one of them will be the crow.” Forbush set down that opinion 60 years ago, but it is still true. Big, ubiquitous, and noisy, crows make their presence felt from the remotest wilderness to the busiest city. In Chicago they nest in the larger parks, […]

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Behavior Modification Saved My Life

To the editors: Six years ago, my normal, healthy, bright three-year-old son suddenly began experiencing uncontrolled epileptic seizures with no known cause. I was devastated and overcome with anxiety. One year later, my smiling, happy, even-tempered toddler had become a whining, irritable, demanding child who refused to do even the smallest task for himself. The […]

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Art Attack

DAVID MAMULA: IN MIXED COMPANY Victory Gardens Studio Theater David Mamula’s current one-man show blurs the distinction between art and criticism, and even, perhaps, therapy. It’s not a traditional evening of the quick-change artist showcasing his versatility. In Mixed Company is a different article altogether. Mamula’s 18 characters each have a stubborn, eerie individuality, yet […]

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Cops and Robbers

To the editors: What has happened to Pat Kelly and Ron Surmin, the two honest Oak Park policemen from the November 27 issue, really sickened me. It’s not bad enough that they have to deal with all the evil and corruption on the outside, but then to not be able to trust their fellow officers. […]

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String Trio of New York

One of the earliest famous partnerships in jazz was that of violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang in the 20s, so it’s hardly a new idea to build a jazz group around guitar and violin. It still seems folly, in this age of hard horns and escalating electronics, to forge an essentially acoustic unit […]

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She Stoops to Conquer

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER Court Theatre I saw She Stoops to Conquer at the Court Theatre the night after I saw The Nerd at the Royal-George. Considering that the plays were written more than two centuries apart, they bear some striking similarities. Both plays, for example, are built upon an awkward visit. In She Stoops, […]

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Passage Through Christmas

PASSAGE THROUGH CHRISTMAS Passage Theatre A dash of bitters can make the sweet, gooey sentiments of the Christmas season almost palatable, as Passage Through Christmas demonstrates. Bitterness–just a touch of it–is the secret ingredient that transforms this concoction of songs, stories, and poems into a holiday treat that adults can savor. The flavors are deftly […]

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The Pogues

Welcome to my nightmare. As a toddler, I dreamed about a hideous gap-toothed pirate, flanked by seven stranded castaways, who burst forth in unspeakably rowdy choruses and snarled about things I coudn’t bear to say. Everyone I knew told me that the pirate was a bad man; I also knew that, strangely and inexplicably, he […]