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Blackheart

BLACKHEART Bailiwick Repertory The surgeon, like the playwright, must practice on someone, and the teaching hospital that provides willing patients is performing a laudable service. But would you want to be one of those patients? Bailiwick Repertory deserves some credit for providing Chuck Ferrero, a young, inexperienced playwright, with a place to practice his craft. […]

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The Failure of Decency

THE FILM SOCIETY Next Theatre The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity –from “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats They’re very ordinary things, these what-if discussions. I seem to have them all the time, either with myself or with others. Like so: a friend of mine and I […]

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God Nose

GOD NOSE Streetlight Theatre Company Set in an unnamed totalitarian country in the “not-too-distant future,” God Nose tells the story of an honest citizen named Lug who, through no fault of his own, runs afoul of the country’s repressive judicial system. It seems that in this land, it is taboo to leave your nose uncovered […]

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Arms and the Man

ARMS AND THE MAN Lifeline Theatre “You’re not a man, you’re a machine. –Arms and the Man, Act III When George Bernard Shaw sets up a love triangle, you know love will bow to the intellectual agenda. What fuels Shavian plots are Shavian ideas, and these absorb the Shavian characters; any Shavian emotions just come […]

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Breaking In

An aging burglar (Burt Reynolds) takes on and trains a younger partner (Casey Siemaszko) in a quirky and likable new comedy directed by Bill Forsyth (Local Hero, Housekeeping), scripted by John Sayles. This film lacks the ambition of Forsythe’s Housekeeping, but it’s warm, engaging, and very agreeably acted (Reynolds hasn’t been this good in ages); […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

Aerobics, Soviet style: This photograph by Yevgeni Volkov originally appeared in Olympic Panorama, a quarterly magazine published by the Soviet State Committee for Physical Culture. For the next month and a half it’s hanging on a wall at the Field Museum, along with 120 other color photos by Olympic Panorama and Sports Illustrated photographers in […]

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The Straight Dope

How do “night” rear view mirrors work? One flick of the switch and it seemingly dims all. –Chris Gaffney, Toronto This isn’t going to be easy, but what the hell, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Here’s the simple explanation: in a dimming rear view mirror you’ve got two reflecting surfaces–one with […]

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Prisoner of Hate

To the editors: Your coverage of the William Heirens story [August 25] is excellent! Hopefully it will make a positive difference and help secure his long-awaited release. It tells the true story, and explains the hatred and bias that has characterized this unjust disposition of what is still an inflamed issue. Inflamed after nearly half […]

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The City File

Let’s hope it was fast food. The state Department of Professional Regulation suspended the license of a downstate dentist for two weeks and put him on one year’s probation “after he left his dental office to get something to eat, leaving a patient in the dental chair who was in pain.” The most diverse national […]

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President Bill Is a Fascist

To the editors: I am in agreement with Mr. Phil Albee [Letters, September 15] concerning the President Bill strip. It is not a good addition, and even a suspicious one. Presumably political, it conveys what little message it has by the simplistic substitution of stereotyped left/progressive content into the form of the unfortunately all-too-real practices […]