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Cassandra Cat

A genuine oddity from 1963 Czechoslovakia, long banned because of its satirical and antiauthoritarian tendencies, this fantasy in ‘Scope and color by Vojtech Jasny describes what happens when a magic show featuring a cat with a pair of eyeglasses turns up in a fairy-tale town. When the eyeglasses are removed, people are obliged to show […]

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The Fallacy of Collective Guilt

To the editors: It is an interesting coincidence that the Reader should publish a letter from Jacob Sampson [March 8] under the headline “Poland Guilty” on the very weekend that the Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith should be honoring Stefania Burzminska, who as a Catholic Pole hid 13 Jews for […]

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Using Music

SPRING AHEAD at the Dancespace Performance Center March 29 and 30 and April 5 Americans like their dance athletic and musical. Perhaps because sports are so popular in America, dance must be as visceral as gymnastics to succeed, and the steps in a dance are expected to follow the music like a shadow. MTV and […]

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Women and Water

WOMEN AND WATER Big Game Theater John Guare’s Women and Water, the first in a trilogy about the character Lydie Breeze, is a a play of epic proportions. Big Game Theater’s space is tiny, not much more than a large living room, and the company has a number of fairly inexperienced actors. Yet Big Game […]

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Tremors of Understanding

To the editors: The Reader makes me hopeful. I find, here and there in your pages, honest tremors of understanding of the truth that THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES! This greedy, slick, heartless and brainless government of ours has just completed an act of national masturbation at the cost of huge numbers of lives of […]

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Still Waters

STILL WATERS Victory Gardens The trouble with being recognized for your accomplishments is that everyone expects the next one to be bigger and better than the last. When Claudia Allen’s The Long Awaited won the 1989 Joseph Jefferson Award for best new play, audiences looked forward to a blockbuster follow-up–a feminist indictment of the society […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story An Alabama prison official in Montgomery reported in February what he called the first documented case of a prisoner’s hiding a serviceable gun inside his rectum. Prisoner Wayne Phillips was charged with housing a loaded .22-caliber revolver and the key to a pair of handcuffs, both wrapped in plastic and revealed during routine […]

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Movie Heaven

DEFENDING YOUR LIFE **** (Masterpiece) Directed and written by Albert Brooks With Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Lee Grant, and Buck Henry. From the very titles of his four comedy features, we know that Albert Brooks is both a serious and an honest filmmaker, because each one is a precise and accurate indication of […]

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Unfit for WFMT

To the editors: I have read with great interest and appreciation your in-depth articles about WFMT. I also cherish WNIB, even the dogs! Life without a classical music station is drab and worthless. Friendliness is not the problem with Jay Andres [Hot Type, March 15]. His complete lack of knowledge of classical music is not […]

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A Room Without Walls

A ROOM WITHOUT WALLS Wild Onion Theatre Company at Green Street Cafe and No Exit Cafe The cast of Wild Onion’s A Room Without Walls have to be some of the bravest performers in the city. Their production takes place not in the relatively controlled environment of a traditional theater but in the highly unpredictable […]

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Fuente Ovejuna

FUENTE OVEJUNA Court Theatre The recent videotape of the LA police assaulting a black motorist raised a storm of anger; outraged by the casual cruelty inflicted on a helpless victim, a nation temporarily behaved like an infuriated community. Some things, it seems, still connect us. However rare it may be today, this sudden fury is […]

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The Mayoral Sham

To the editors: Make no mistake about it: David Moberg’s “How’s He Doing? A Daley Report Card” (February 22) was an important contribution to the stripping away of the layers of imagery and toady journalism which have conspired to portray the creeping social disaster of the elitist mayoral administration of Richie Daley as being instead […]