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Re: “Police violence haunts Chicago’s west side in Ike Holter’s The Wolf at the End of the Block

You offer an astute analysis, Angela. Thanks!

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Posted by Justin Hayford on 02/08/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “This Way Outta Santaland, Home for Hanukkah With Bubbe, and six more new holiday stage shows

@Sez "Who Could Possibly Take You Seriously" Me:
Problem understanding the actual content of my review, and preferring to hurl baseless accusations based on ill-informed prejudice masquerading as patriotism? Go to Fox News!

Then again, based on many of your other comments over the last month or so, you may be a brilliant parodist of Trumpism. In which case, stick with the Reader.

Posted by Justin Hayford on 12/21/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Bars and Measures

Stefan - If you are suggesting that my review labels Bilal is a terrorist, you are misreading. I wrote that the play "concerns Bilal's possible involvement in terrorism." As you commented, the play "merely suggests as a possibility" that Bilal is involved in terrorism. That's precisely what I said as well.

Posted by Justin Hayford on 06/21/2016 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Bars and Measures

Stefan -- As you know, the play examines quite a number of themes, and it's true that certain characters' experiences of Islamophobia is one. But looking at the factors that influence the characters' actions and the play's outcome, I'd argue that the differences in the brother's musical careers and personal histories are just as central to the play as the differences in their religions.

Posted by Justin Hayford on 06/15/2016 at 2:38 PM

Re: “A manipulative teen spoils the payoff in Steppenwolf's Grand Concourse

Beatrice -- I agree that, as you write, "we mostly pass up the homeless without a glance" while we "belabor the generation that has managed to get our attention." And that is precisely what playwright Emily Schreck does in this play. That's not the play's point: that's the playwright's oversight.

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Posted by Justin Hayford on 07/21/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Stick Fly

Mr. Rubenstein -- Your resemblance to Windy City Playhouse's executive producer is uncanny. If you are in fact this same Milan Rubenstein, then I'm confident everyone on your staff appreciates how enthusiastically you compliment your own theater.…

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Posted by Justin Hayford on 06/03/2015 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Where's the waiting in Court Theatre's Waiting for Godot?

To ALS -- Yup, you're right. Vladimir has the vegetables in his pockets. Thanks for the correction. I've seen the play maybe a half dozen times, and read it twice as many, and I still get those characters' names confused in my head.

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Posted by Justin Hayford on 02/03/2015 at 9:10 AM

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