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Jerker, or the Helping Hand

JERKER, OR THE HELPING HAND Bailiwick Repertory “It’s so trite. There’s no conflict.” “Oh, thats Just because you don’t know how to masturbate.” –overheard at the intermission of Jerker I couldn’t believe I’d been assigned this play. I had no desire to watch two naked men jerking off onstage–my understanding of what this play was […]

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Pointed Shoes

To the editors: In his review [March 10] of Theater Oobleck’s production In Cheap Shoes, Jack Helbig was right about one point: In Cheap Shoes is not an ordinary detective spoof. But Helbig forgot to ask what the play then was, if it is not an ordinary detective spoof. In doing so, he gave a […]

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The Two-Character Play

THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY Raven Theatre In most of his plays, Tennessee Williams wrestled with a theme that haunted his own life until his death: the tormented, near-symbiotic relationship with a beloved, troubled sister. The Glass Menagerie, his most overtly autobiographical work, revolves around the narrator’s guilt over leaving home to escape his oppressive mother and […]

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Anarcho-Syndicalists for Nobody

To the editors: As publishers of an anarcho-syndicalist journal we were surprised, to say the least, by “Anarcho-Syndicalists for Evans” (Letters, March 31). Anarcho-syndicalists certainly support recycling, better education, and a worker-controlled economy (as part of efforts to build a free, self-managed society). But these cannot be won by supporting politicians, whatever their stripe. Real […]

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Mayors and Money

To the editors: The Reader’s ongoing diatribes against Rich Daley and in favor of Tim Evans by David Moberg and fellow liberal party liner Doug Cassel (most recently “The Fuel of a New Machine” and “What’s This Election About?” in the March 31 issue) are about as convincing as a $3 bill. Yes, the high […]

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The Straight Dope

So what’s this I hear about how all my compact discs are going to sound like mush in ten years? Apparently the acidic inks used in the discs are causing the plastic in mine to disintegrate even as we speak! But others say it’s all BS. What gives? How long will my CDs last? Should […]

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Political Sensibilities

To the editors: Did Rupert Murdoch sneak into the Reader office? I expect a paper that runs a headline, “Legless Man Saves Baby” to have an article, “How To Strip For Your Man;” but not a paper that’s supposed to have some political sensibilities [March 17]. The article encourages women not only to submit to […]

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The City File

“There is never a need for a woodcarver to buy wood and thus pay someone to kill trees,” writes David Stein in Things Green (Winter ’89), the newsletter of the Chicago Green Alliance on West Maxwell. “In the city you can find a great deal of discarded furniture in the alleys and dumpsters.” There are […]

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Evans and the Machine

To the editors: Doug Cassel’s article of March 17th seems more like a campaign piece for Tim Evans than a realistic analysis of his career. Cassel repeatedly suggests that Alderman Evans kept struggling against the Chicago Democratic machine in the years before Harold Washington’s Mayoral victory. Yet those of us who observed his activities closely […]

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Sex Wars

LAUGH, RED MEDUSA! LAUGH, LAUGH . . . A PERIOD PIECE Theater Oobleck at the Broadway Arts Center Theater Oobleck makes shows from ingredients most troupes won’t touch. Based on a script by Ooblecker Rachel X. Weissman, their latest hybrid, Laugh, Red Medusa! Laugh, Laugh . . . A Period Piece, throws together menstruation taboos […]

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More Black Talk

To the editors: A comment on Steve Bogira’s response to Elizabeth Jones’ letter [March 31], which criticizes Bogira’s use of stereotypical black speech and racist/sexist images in his February 17 article, “The Press: Beautiful Women”: as another black woman living in Evanston I, too, was offended by Bogira’s article, and I was further offended by […]

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Marek’s Monkey

MAREK’S MONKEY Chicago Dramatist’s Workshop Marek’s Monkey is one of those near soap operas in which every character suffers from, grapples with, and ultimately solves–or at least acknowledges–some major problem in her or his life. Sarah Hughes can’t adjust to the fact that she is getting older and that her husband, once a highly respected […]

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The Sports Section

Spring is a time of healing and rejuvenation, and for many of us baseball is its most soothing balm. Walking past Wrigley Field in the dead of winter can remind us that summer is inevitable, but too often the thought is lost because we’re hustling past the park looking at our feet; for the moment, […]