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Accentuating the Negative 

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To the editors:

Contrary to Lewis Lazare's report in the June 5, 1992 Reader, Robert Falls is not "preparing to take a sabbatical from his post as artistic director."

It is curious to me that Mr. Lazare cites "several sources close to Goodman Theatre management" as the basis for this story since no one who is truly close to the Goodman's artistic or management staff will speak to Mr. Lazare.

Furthermore, to characterize the Goodman season as "lackluster thus far" is a completely subjective judgement on Mr. Lazare's part. Miss Evers' Boys, Spic-O-Rama, The Good Person of Setzuan, and Spunk are among the most successful productions ever produced by the Goodman. On the Open Road will likely be directed by Mr. Falls in New York next season. And Riverview: A Melodrama With Music has close to the largest advance sale in the theater's history with the run already extended into August.

I regret that the Reader continues to support Mr. Lazare's efforts to accentuate the negative and create controversy where there is none.

Roche Schulfer
Producing Director
Goodman Theatre

Lewis Lazare replies:

I stand by my item, which clearly reflects both the Goodman Theatre's side of the story and that of my other sources.

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