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Fallacy of the Illicit Minor

To the editors: I commend your excellent research and accurate reporting in your article, “Is Nothing Sacred?” [June 9]. As I know most of the people whom you interviewed, I would like to respond, mainly for the benefit of non-Episcopalians. Jim Rosenthal’s comments (p. 36) display both fallacious reasoning and inaccuracies. Every introductory logic course […]

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Dream Stuff

MACAO, OR BEYOND THE SEA *** (A must-see) Directed by Clemens Klopfenstein Written by Klopfenstein, Wolfram Groddeck, and Felix Tissi With Max Ruedlinger, Christine Lauterburg, Hans-Dieter Jendreyko, Shirley Wong, and Che Tin Hong. 1. Some part of me feels an enormous gratitude for movies that I don’t fully understand. The compulsive legibility of commercial movies–designed […]

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New and Noteworthy

NEW DANCES ’89 Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble at the Ruth Page Foundation Theatre July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22 So where else can you go to see seven spanking-new dances by a total of 11 choreographers, some taking a first stab at making dances, and not be disappointed? Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble’s “New […]

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Amateur Theology

To the editors: As a graduate student in the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago, I read the recent interview with Mr. Sheehan [April 21] with great interest. Undoubtedly Mr. Sheehan is a thoroughly competent philosopher, but with regard to his expertise in the study of the “Historical […]

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Oba Oba

OBA OBA at the Shubert Theatre The publicity for Oba Oba heralds the show as “the Brazilian extravaganza,” and that’s no lie. Part 1950s movie musical, part folkloric ballet, part ethnomusicological display, and part nightclub revue, Oba Oba is an unabashed exercise in spectacle. With its bare-breasted dancing girls and bare-chested muscle men, its mountains […]

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Andy Warhol’s Big Joke

To the editors: The controversiality of Andy Warhol is, by no means, an indication that his works are important, or that he is an artist [“Andy Warhol: A Long, Close Look,” June 2]. What is disturbing is not the banality of Warhol’s work. Modern art forms, even if they only deserve to be called “expression,” […]

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Death of a Cell-Man

SCHUMACHER Playwrights’ Center In the opening scene of this play, Schumacher presents a short seminar on salesmanship. The phrase “Make that big sale!” is projected overhead, along with Schumacher’s five steps for doing just that: contact, introduce, match/mirror, sell more, and close. Let’s take these one at a time, shall we? Contact. Pick up the […]

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The Bishop Speaks

To the editors: I was appalled by the inflammatory and obscene letter which appeared in your July 7 edition of the Reader, allegedly written by a “longtime employee of the Diocese of Chicago.” The fact that you would print an anonymous letter is, in my mind, a dubious editorial practice. Let me suggest that the […]

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An Evening of Cheever

AN EVENING OF CHEEVER Windy City Theater Company at Pilsen East Center for the Arts You’d never know from the Windy City Theater Company’s show that John Cheever was one of the great short-story writers of this century. All of his cleverness, all of his wit, all of his grace–everything that made his stories wonderful […]