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The Way We Were

To the editors: Tom Valeo’s review of Chicago Cooperative Stage’s presentation Joe Momma! (Reader, 3-9-90) clearly reveals that he was either in remote suburbia or Bejezus Nebraska, but surely as hell not anywhere near an inner-city Chicago high school circa the time of Dr. King’s assassination. Well, I was, and contrary to Valeo’s assertion that […]

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Facts on Philo

To the editors: I enjoyed Mr. Rosenbaum’s review of Cecil B. De Mille’s The Ten Commandments (4/6/90). The film impressed me, too, with a religiosity I did not expect to find in it. As a long time enthusiast for Judeo-Hellenistic syntheses, great was my thrill to see the name of Philo boldly listed among the […]

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The Sea Horse

THE SEA HORSE Quando Productions at the Roxy The Sea Horse is a frustrating play. It aims at a gritty yet poetic naturalism, but its central dramatic conceit–bringing together a “tough, disillusioned” barkeep and a “romantic, compassionate” seaman (as press materials describe them) in a seaside bar to battle their way through to falling in […]

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Bettelheim: Saint or Sadist?

To the editors: It is impossible to understand how a man so sensitive to the lives of children that he could write a classic on the role of fairy tales in a child’s psychological development–yet actually be a sadistic monster. That is one’s dilemma after reading the poignant letter (Reader, Apr. 6) from Name Withheld […]

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Correction

To the editors: In last week’s calendar we erroneously reported that Alexandra Billings had been nominated for a Jeff award for acting in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. The show itself has received a recommendation from the Jeff committee, but it is not their policy to specify the reason before the balloting is official. Sorry about […]

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Miami Blues

People like myself who often despair of finding a new cop-and-crime movie that isn’t encrusted in cliches should make a beeline for this wonderful sleeper by writer-director George Armitage (Vigilante Force), based on a novel by Charles Willeford (Cockfighter) and coproduced by Jonathan Demme. A small-time thief and ex-con (Alec Baldwin) arrives in Miami, latches […]

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Art and Craft

To the editors: Re: review of Robert Longo exhibition at M.C.A. by O. Evan Lewis [March 30] After reading your review of the Longo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, it’s amazing that you’re allowed the forum to print your misunderstandings. I will not be specific in addressing your failings as an observer. Suffice […]

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Expressions of Mortality

MORDINE & COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College April 12-14 Shirley Mordine’s work is profoundly, richly–but not obviously–theatrical. She tells no story, creates no characters. Nevertheless, in each of her dances she definitely has something to put across: an idea, a feeling, a mood, and often all three. Her dances may look abstract, […]

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The Sports Section

Opening day this year was the lovely, prodigal child of two very ugly parents. When the owners’ lockout goaded the players into a position where they would accept nothing less than a clear victory, several weeks of spring training were lost before a new contract agreement could be reached. Spring training started so late that […]

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The Odyssey

THE ODYSSEY Lookingglass Theatre Company at Chicago Filmmakers He knew how to say many false things that were like true sayings.–Homer, in The Odyssey Is it a sign of the times, or just coincidence, that in the past three months I’ve seen two stage versions of The Odyssey that suggested the story was mostly a […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story An entrepreneur in Washington, D.C., told a reporter recently that he wanted to open a dolphin “swim and hug” venture at a local waterfront hotel where customers would pay to frolic with the dolphins. Animal-rights advocates have been critical of such ventures as exploitative, but the entrepreneur said he would hire a psychic […]

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Feast of Illusions

FEAST OF ILLUSIONS Playwrights’ Center The most treacherous motto playwrights can adopt is in vino veritas. Yeah, they cry, that’s it, get the characters drunk so they have to tell the truth. . . But in real life, Edward Albee notwithstanding, it ain’t necessarily so. People may spill a lot of stuff when they’re stinko, […]