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An Excess of Joy

AN EXCESS OF JOY Econo-Art Theatre Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps. –William Blake David Payne’s new domestic tragedy, An Excess of Joy, is just plain excess–it has an overheated, improbable plot, lame dialogue, and tired symbols. And the usually reliable Econo-Art Theatre Company supplies it with a little histrionic overkill for good […]

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Adler Backs Boeker

To the editors: As the person who assigns theater critics for the Reader, I think it’s time for me to say–as clearly and unequivocally as possible–that no letter, no tactic, and no body is going to make me stop sending Tom Boeker out to review shows for this publication. Boeker has my confidence and my […]

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Check the Facts

To the editors: Enclosed is the current Metra/Heritage Corridor train schedule which you might want to give to David B. Sutton, the author of the article “79 Cents” in your Feb. 17th issue. As you can see, there is no 9:30 train to Lockport, either A.M. or P.M. Also the fare to Lockport, which is […]

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Another Boeker Backer

To the editors: I don’t know whether February has become “death to the writer” month, but between the Ayatollah and threats made by anonymous artistic directors of local theaters [February 3 and 24]–against your reviewer, Tom Boeker–I see a very unfortunate trend. Having been associated with two productions that have received the “Boeker cure” (one […]

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Follow Your Heart

To the editors: David B. Sutton is a great human being. His “79 Cents” story [February 17] underscores the lack of compassion we humans have in dealing with one another. He hears the man’s story, has feelings that the stranger is NOT LYING, gives the man 79 cents and then justifies his actions with the […]

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King Lear

KING LEAR Body Politic Theatre After much anticipation–“The first 10 performances sold out!”–James O’Reilly appears as King Lear. He’s tall, imposing, and at an age of almost bitter ripeness. His voice is deep and seasoned. No doubt that he looks and sounds the part, but in the opening scene it’s hard to tell if he’ll […]

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Lindsay String Quartet

Now 84 years old and still indomitable, Michael Tippett is assured of his reputation as one of the major creative forces in 20th-century British music. But unlike his near contemporary Benjamin Britten, much of his work has not got the kind of attention due a composer of his stature and musical accessibility–especially not outside his […]

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The Edge Is Off

THE ROAD TO MECCA Northlight Theatre I read somewhere that Athol Fugard admires Samuel Beckett above all other contemporary playwrights. That makes sense to me, especially when I look at some of the earlier Fugard scripts: The Blood Knot, with its absurd brothers–black and white sons of the same parents–bouncing around a cardboard-and-corrugated-metal shack. Or […]

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Three of a Kind

NEW YORK STORIES *** (A must-see) “Life Lessons” Directed by Martin Scorsese Written by Richard Prince With Nick Nolte, Rosanna Arquette, and Patrick O’Neal. “Life Without Zoe” Directed by Francis Coppola Written by Francis Coppola and Sofia Coppola With Heather McComb, Talia Shire, Giancarlo Giannini, Don Novello, and Selim Tlili. “Oedipus Wrecks” Directed and written […]