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My Kind of Martyr

Dear editors: Thank you for the article concerning our individual freedom of speech, especially when one is employed at a local publisher [Hot Type, October 1]. Anna Weaver should be applauded, not reprimanded, for her great innovative work on helping to save Chicago’s historical architecture that is being lost and plundered at a staggering rate. […]

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There’s No Place Like Home

Peter Margasak: How disappointed I was after reading your description of Marvin Tate’s D-Settlement and finding such a slight and inaccurate overview of the band’s music [World Music Festival guide, September 17 and 24]. In the past I have read your reviews of shows and CDs by local and international bands and agreed with many […]

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City File

Can we build a few around the edges of Bridgeport? Sam Smith writes in the September 8 “Progressive Review” that “to bring an end to ethnic conflict one need only place a Wal-Mart between the combatants. The reason…is that [Wal-Mart] destroys whatever culture it is near. Thus centuries of cultural enmity can be wiped out […]

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Dancer From the Dance

DANCER FROM THE DANCE, About Face Theatre. Twenty-one years ago this corrosively romantic novel by “Andrew Holleran” seemed to many “The Gay Gatsby,” a furtive tale of sexual obsession and despair. Its antihero–a young sex god named Malone–gives up law to become the idol of Fire Island. But he remains a small-town dreamer even as […]

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What Wilder Wanted

I write this in response to Adam Langer’s review of our production of The Skin of Our Teeth now playing at American Theater Company [September 24]. He states in his review, which I largely agree with, that I, as director, created an ending to the play that is “more flip, nihilistic posturing than a well-reasoned […]

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), at Bailiwick Repertory. If you’ve never seen an actor carry an entire show, check out Ted Bales in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Bales–whose monstrous comedic talents helped make Party a hit here and around the nation–returns to Chicago with a performance style more nuanced, whimsical, […]