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Wiley and the Hairy Man

I wouldn’t blame you if you didnt believe a word I said about the Chicago Children’s Theatre production of Wiley and the Hairy Man. I’m lousy with conflict of interest where this show’s concerned. I didn’t realize exactly how lousy until I got to the theater and toted up the number of connections I have […]

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Carpet Bombing Saves Lives

To the editors: In answer to your Hot Type column of March 8, 1991, wherein you stated, regarding the recent war: “The final score apparently will be in the neighborhood of: Their Side, 50,000 dead; Our Side, about 150. Let’s see if journalism can produce a levelheaded analysis of these results.” Here’s my analysis. Iraq […]

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Sarafina!

Hey, kids, let’s put on a show! That’s been the motif in innumerable showcases of young talent over the years, from Mickey and Judy musicals to Fame. The show the performers in Sarafina! put on is a matter of life and death. Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela’s musical-within-a-musical recounts the slaughter of Soweto schoolchildren in […]

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Old Scam

To the editors: Peter Kostakis’s piece “Wolf” in your March 22, 1991, issue is woefully behind the times. That particular street scam which he fell victim to has been practiced by tall, young black hustlers for over three years now as any Chicago cop can attest. Dean Wade Snow Chicago Peter Kostakis replies: You’re right, […]

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Endgame

ENDGAME Curious Theatre Branch When I was in college Beckett was one of my favorite playwrights and Endgame my favorite of his plays. Something about his cold, bitter wit and his bleak worldview appealed to my late-adolescent melancholia. So it was strange to finally see Endgame faithfully performed by an accomplished, intelligent company–the Curious Theatre […]

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Address Unknown

ADDRESS UNKNOWN at Edgewater Theatre Center Life is more important than art, that’s what makes art so important. –James Baldwin Address Unknown is performed by homeless people, who meet and rehearse under the auspices of the social-service agency Christopher House, and is based on their experience of being homeless. What these people are willing to […]

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Buys It for the Articles

To the editors: I’m commenting about Cate Plys’s article “Miscellany: Man Track,” [March 29] on Playboy. I’m surprised to see such an obvious prejudiced article and as a longtime subscriber who actually purchases the magazine for its written content, I am offended. Ms. Plys states several times that the magazine is obscene; many two-bit prosecutors […]

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William Ferris Chorale

Lee Hoiby is probably best known to local audiences for the Chicago Opera Theater’s 1980 production of his sultry adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play Summer and Smoke. An inventive traditionalist, Hoiby has worked out a pleasing lyrical style derived from Puccini verism by way of Samuel Barber, Ned Rorem, and Giancarlo Menotti (who was […]

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Benders

Sometimes it’s easy to explain why a rock act is so good. Other times it’s almost impossible, as in the case of the Benders, who sound superficially like so much that has gone before, yet manage somehow to inject genuine, shiny warmth into the old moves. They’re all good players and they write clever, catchy […]

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Intimate Tearjerker

MADAME BUTTERFLY Chicago Opera Theater The impression is widespread that Chicago Opera Theater specializes in obscure or unusual works. Perhaps this is because the number of smaller 20th-century operas presented by COT (Summer and Smoke, The Mother of Us All) assumes an exaggerated significance given the almost complete absence of those operas from the stages […]

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The Sports Section

The Cubs came north a few days early this year to play a rare pre-opening-day exhibition game, and the gods were well pleased. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky; it was a shorts-and-short-sleeves day, with temperatures in the 80s and the wind blowing out. I was seated with the former writer of this column […]

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Mastergate

MASTERGATE Interplay “No one was in a position not to know as much as the President didn’t”–Secretary of State Bishop, Mastergate Since he left office Ronald Reagan’s once-famous Teflon coating has begun to flake off–the result of growing disillusionment in which the S & L crisis, dirty deals with Saddam Hussein, the failure of our […]

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Stephane Grappelli

Most people have never been able to play any instrument at any age like Stephane Grappelli plays the violin–one of the hardest instruments–at the age of 83. But Grappelli’s age is not really an issue here (except maybe to gerontologists and archivists) What counts is that he has somehow managed to retain the heavily filigreed […]