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The Great White Hope

THE GREAT WHITE HOPE Pegasus Players A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Robert Shaw’s 1968 Holocaust play, The Man in the Glass Booth, saying that though the script is structured around a cheap gimmick, there’s a ferocity at the heart of it that makes it worth seeing anyway. Now I’m writing about Howard […]

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The Straight Dope

The other day one of my professors asked why moths were attracted to light. Someone thought it might be because they thought it was the moon. But even granting that moths might not be bright enough to tell a porch light and a celestial body apart, why should they be interested in the moon? Please, […]

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Ethics News; Malone Again

Ethics News In 1971, when his father named him publisher of the Louisville Times and the Courier-Journal, Barry Bingham Jr. took note of some improprieties. “We had an editorial writer, John F. Pierce, writing editorials for the Courier-Journal and speeches for a candidate for governor and editorials on the wonderful speeches. In another case, we […]

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The City File

Maybe no one will want the Sears Tower. “It seems curious to us that the downtown office-building boom continues at breakneck pace,” write Edward Keegan and Paul Krieger in Chicago (January 1989). “Everywhere we look, there’s evidence that people don’t seem to need their offices any more. At least half the phone calls we receive […]

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Incident Near 51st Street

Suddenly there was a loud noise, the noise of high-pitched voices, perhaps young girls calling each other names, getting ready to fight–the sounds of show-offs. I looked up from my chess board–I was playing a student at the after-school tutoring program where I work–and tried to distinguish one voice from the others. The children looked […]

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Field & Street

Since we are going to have to suffer through the bad parts of the greenhouse effect, we might as well enjoy the good parts. Our sunny, warm, nearly snowless January may be a sign of our impending doom, but at least it will cut into the profits of Peoples Gas. It is also providing us […]

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Fun to Read

To the editors: Does the Reader paste advertising signs on its trucks the way the other papers do? I’ll suggest one! “On environmental issues read Jerry Sullivan [bi]weekly and forget the rest. He says it all. Our Jerry can make it fun to read.” Lincoln Edmands E. 76th St.

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Speed Kills

To the editors: I have just finished reading Jack Clark’s little vignette on Chicago traffic court (Reader, January 6, 1989). Let us hope that, after the fatal traffic accident with Jack’s name on it, his fourth grade teacher delivers the eulogy. Bertrand Rice N. Sheridan

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In Defense of Therapy

To the editors: After reading “The Case Against Therapy” in the December 2, 1988 issue of the Reader I felt I must write and offer some valid points supporting the therapeutic process that should have been considered. Psychotherapy can be a very effective tool in offering a treatment to help people deal with various psychological […]

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Best of Dance & More for $1.98

BEST OF DANCE& MORE FOR $1.98 at MoMing Dance & Arts Center January 20-22 The second weekend of MoMing’s annual showcase of emerging choreographers proved frustratingly tame. These works generally lacked clarity, rigor, and insight, inching hesitantly along a well-worn path rather than mapping out new territory confidently. The notable exception was Krista Willberg’s strikingly […]

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The Men’s Room

THE MEN’S ROOM Foxworx Theatre Company Well, it can only happen once. I’ve seen the world’s worst play and lived to tell the tale. Called The Men’s Room, it’s perpetrated by Craig Nevius, a 22-year-old playwright who can only improve. Nevius has concocted a play so painfully naive, so clumsily written, that Amnesty International should […]