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Actor, Auteur

SHIRLEY VALENTINE ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Lewis Gilbert Written by Willy Russell With Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie, Alison Steadman, Bernard Hill, Joanna Lumley, and Tracie Bennett. I had my first experience of English theater in London’s West End around the mid-1960s–a program of three one-act plays written by and starring Noel Coward. […]

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Sweet Honey in the Rock

Like Gil Scott-Heron and a handful of others, Sweet Honey in the Rock prove that music can be soulful, funky, emotionally satisfying, and still pack a potent political message. They combine centuries of African-American musical tradition–spirituals, folk songs, blues, acoustic variations on contemporary motifs–and lace it with an up-to-the-minute theme of liberation that’s permeated with […]

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A Star Is Spurned

TOSCA Lyric Opera A friend of mine claims to know in opera lover whose answering-machine message incorporates a snippet of Renata Scotto howling her way through the title role of Lyric’s 1988 Tosca. A dog bark abruptly cuts in and then his own voice saying “Down, Killer, down!” If there is one thing to be […]

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Family Viewing

Atom Egoyan’s striking and haunting Canadian feature concerns family ties and video technology, and the strange relationships between them. The plot concerns an alienated young man (Aidan Tierney) who lives with his father (David Hemblin) and his father’s mistress in a fancy high rise full of video equipment. The young man becomes increasingly worried about […]

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Free William Heirens!

To the editors: It was an interesting coincidence that Bob McClory’s article on Bill Heirens [August 25] appeared in the Reader the same day that the Chicago Tribune carried the latest theories on the Sam Sheppard case. It caused me to wonder why the “carnival atmosphere” surrounding the Sheppard case encouraged the U.S. Supreme Court […]

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Woollcott Died for You!

WOOLLCOTT DIED FOR YOU! at Weeds It is a well-known fact that every adult in America either has written a play or is seriously thinking about doing so. This should not be surprising. A play seems to be such a democratic art form: it consists of dialogue, and everyone knows how to talk. This self-evident […]

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Bird Lovers

To the editors: Re: “On the Spill” [September 8] I get a charge out of these environmentalists and Exxon bashers who express such concern for sea birds, and then go home and eat chickens and turkeys! I mean, are these genuine bird lovers, or hypocrites? Jim Benson N. Spaulding

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Yonder Come Day

YONDER COME DAY Chicago Theatre Company Yonder Come Day is the story of the last six hospitalized weeks in the life of an AIDS patient named J.D. Playwright-actor Marijo tells this story in a little over an hour, playing all the roles–J.D. and his friends, relatives, and nurses. She shows the horror and helplessness of […]

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Don’t You Dare!

To the editors: Concerning William Heirens, his crime and punishment [August 25]: first, a little piece of historical detail. I was coming home with my mother and father from Farwell beach when my Dad heard shouts for help from, we learned later, a janitor and another man pursuing William Heirens. I recall my mother asking […]

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The Straight Dope

Wil Wheaton, in Stand by Me, posed a very interesting question. Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog . . . what the hell was Goofy? Enclosed is a bribe–the largest I could afford. –Britt R., Seattle A year-old Seattle Mariners ticket is your idea of a bribe? Christ, a current Mariners ticket […]

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Motors ‘n’ Martyrs

To the editors: I like to enter into the other fellow’s enthusiasms but with Bill Wildt’s Motorsports Advancement Crusade [Our Town, July 28] I just don’t know. Is our car manufacturing establishment competitive edge that dependent on the talent fed into it by the young men whose first love is to tinker with and tune […]