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Thanks for the Enemies

To the editors: Thank you for publishing Kitry Krause’s article [“Enemies,” March 23]. Those of us who have yet to cast away our cultural heritage can appreciate the courage of the Palestinians and Jews, who meet with the Other face to face. The success of this group provides us with hope, for we are seldom […]

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A Chorus of Disapproval

A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL Court Theatre Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval begins and ends with the same scene–sort of. It’s an amateur theater company performing the finale of John Gay’s 1728 ballad opera The Beggar’s Opera, in which the highwayman Macheath is saved from the gallows by a last-minute royal reprieve, providing the play […]

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More on the Chicago Show

To the editors: A couple of points about “The Chicago Show” seem obvious [The Culture Club, March 23]. One is that a show containing only a few works by minority artists is not representative of Chicago art, and should not be billed as such. This is true no matter how the exclusion of minority artists […]

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The City File

Dept. of kids. Natural Resources Defense Fund senior staff attorney David Doniger, in the NRDF’s 20-year report: “Once I tried to explain to my daughter, who was then three years old, what I do when I go to work every day. I told her I was trying to stop pollution–the smoke that comes out of […]

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Light Load

He must be at least 75. Our eyes meet when I push past him with my overflowing laundry basket, and I cough and look away. If laundromats are such good places to meet people, where are the ones my age? I plop my load down a few machines away and begin sorting colors and counting […]

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Man at Play

JOSEPH LITZENBERGER at the Ricky Renier Gallery My dictionary has no less than 19 definitions for the word “play.” The definition most appropriate to the wonderfully varied and engaging sculpture of Joseph Litzenberger, however, describes play as the natural activity of children. Play is important to creativity, because the most creative art making involves free-spirited […]

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1990 Off Off Loop Theater Festival

Returning, after two years’ hiatus, under the auspices of producer Doug Bragan’s Douglas Theater Corp., this third not-so-annual event features 16 non-Equity companies in as many one-act plays, organized in programs of four. The selections range from experimental drama to camp melodrama to medieval farce to musical comedy to good ol’ American naturalism. “One might […]

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Malukosamba

Brazilian-born Chicagoan Venicio de Toledo heads up Malukosamba, a group with a constantly changing lineup of players that brings to life Toledo’s quirky mix of rock fused with samba and other Brazilian musics. Over the last year or so the group has achieved varying results, ranging from awkwardly patched together pop songs to exhilarating explosions […]

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Playwrights for the ’90s

PLAYWRIGHTS FOR THE ’90S Chicago Dramatists Workshop Well, they are short: six plays in less than two hours. And no one would want these six to be any longer–tighter maybe, or more focused, less obvious, less cutely quirky or portentously severe. But not longer. If there’s a flaw common to the scripts in Chicago Dramatists […]

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The Butterfly

THE BUTTERFLY Chicago Children’s Theatre at North Shore Country Day School The Butterfly, by Bijan Mofid, is billed as a Persian folktale about love, honor, and courage, but the translation by Don Laffoon struck me as a veiled glorification of the artistic spirit. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but the plodding production left […]

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Dick and Jack’s Excellent Adventure

MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Bob Rafelson Written by William Harrison and Rafelson With Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, and Fiona Shaw As far as great white hunters go, movies haven’t progressed much from the cheerfully juvenile Jungle Jim films (starring a waterlogged Johnny Weissmuller) through King Solomon’s […]

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The Sports Section

It’s a dangerous time of year for the Bulls. Their position in the play-offs is secure, but the grueling National Basketball Association schedule grinds away for another two weeks after this weekend. That’s just enough time to allow the team the belief that it can coast awhile before sharpening its game for the play-offs. Thus, […]