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Faith in Mankind

To the editors: I applaud Cory Elliott for his act of bravery (Hero) [April 5]. As I read the account, tears in my eyes, it restored my faith in mankind and belief in humanity. Whatever the motivating factor prompting Elliott to act, Cory Elliott is a true hero and I and many others would like […]

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Peepshow

PEEPSHOW International Performance Studio at At the Gallery The neighborhood is a little down at the heels; the sign, red and tawdry; the lobby, luridly lit. So it’s no surprise that the cops showed up for an early performance of Peepshow. There were four of them, says the show’s producer, and they stood in the […]

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The Golem

THE GOLEM National Jewish Theater Ever since the first hack playwright slapped together an adaptation of Cinderella and called it children’s theater, stage versions of fairy tales and other bits of folklore have been by and large cheap and disappointing affairs that capture little of the original stories’ resonance. Which is why Tom Mula’s adaptation […]

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What’s Wrong With John Spong

To the editors: Both positions addressed in Spong’s book (fundamentalism and his own) are less than 300 years old [“Reading: Take Back the Bible,” April 5]. Spong claims that the mainstream churches have allowed the fundies to go unchecked and proposes to restore the Bible the proper place it was at before the rise of […]

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Love and Money, Mostly Money

A RAGE IN HARLEM *** (A must-see) Directed by Bill Duke Written by John Toles-Bey and Bobby Crawford With Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, Robin Givens, Zakes Mokae, Danny Glover, Badja Djola, and John Toles-Bey. THE OBJECT OF BEAUTY ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Michael Lindsay-Hogg With John Malkovich, Andie MacDowell, Joss Ackland, Rudi […]

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Freudian Slip

To the editors: Today’s anti-Utopian Zeitgeist certainly moves in mysterious ways. Thus the usually reliable J. Rosenbaum, from his April 5 notice for A. Zagdansky’s Interpretation of Dreams [Reader’s Guide to the Silver Screen]: “most of [Sigmund Freud’s] work was virtually banned in the Soviet Union between 1917 and glasnost.” One might assume from this […]

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Jumping on the Bed

SHAPIRO & SMITH DANCE at the Dance Center of Columbia College April 25-27 Some people have flying dreams, I have jumping dreams characterized by an astounding ballon: I crouch and spring, then float above the treetops for as long as I want. In one dream my child was lost, and I leapt to a great […]

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1991 Off Off Loop Theater Festival

Eighteen theater companies are presented in six different programs of two to four plays each, organized along loose thematic lines by producer Doug Bragan and associate producer Judith Easton. That’s two more companies and two more programs than last year, when Bragan first stepped in to revive this non-Equity showcase founded and then discontinued by […]

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Buys It for the Articles, No. 2

To the editors: Cate Plys certainly has a right to her opinions about Playboy and the Man Track survey, but the Reader’s editorial decision to publish them is unfortunate [March 29]. Plys’s mercenary feminist sensibility must have been well served by the opportunity to charge the fortress of Playboy, and her outrage is duly noted. […]

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The Big Shoe

THE BIG SHOE Company Players at the Halsted Theatre Center If you wanted to be really generous, you could call Larry Manion’s The Big Shoe the poor man’s Kafka. Then you’d laugh your head off at the absurdity. The play–an incredibly silly meditation on psychiatry, fear, and hopelessness–is a mess. It takes place in a […]

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Chicago Opera Theater

Dominick Argento’s The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe was the signal hit of Lyric Opera’s season. Now his 1971 opera Postcard From Morocco, in a staging also by Frank Galati, promises to do the same for Chicago Opera Theater. A long one-act, Postcard has a plot that’s as old (and contrived) as Grand Hotel. On […]

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3rd Bass

The relationships of white musicians to black music have always been a bit weird: the whites end up either as exploiters or mired in a too-respectful stasis. 3rd Bass are a consumingly committed pair of rappers from New York’s outer boroughs whose almost obsessive adoption of a black idiom has already produced an amazingly successful […]

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Superb, In Fact

To the editors: In the article “Extended Care” by Paul Pekin [April 19], the author states, in reference to his father: “He was about as good a piano player as I am a writer, which is to say not quite good enough.” Far from being not good enough, I felt the writing was superb. With […]

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Fun With Philosophy

FILMS BY MICHAEL SNOW *** (A must-see) Many people dislike the films of Michael Snow, even people who have never seen one. They hear his 1967 film Wavelength described as a continuous 45-minute shot across the length of a loft, zooming slowly toward a photograph of waves on the opposite wall, and decide that it […]