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To the editors:

Normally I find your theater reviews the most literate and informed in the city. But after seeing Despoiled Shore / Medeamaterial / Landscape With Argonauts Sunday and being 50 percent of the audience, had to take issue with your reviewer's lament that this is an indecipherable play/production [Theater, January 22].

The themes of trashing this planet with inessentials and inconsideration of our fellow men ("gooks," Commies, Jews, etc. to justify littering the planet with their bodies) are incorporated into the story of Medea and her discarding by Jason. The Chicago Actors Ensemble did this using unusual, but tremendously arresting, dramatic images that were sometimes humorous, always frighteningly entertaining.

Heiner Muller, the playwright, has done some far less linear work with Robert Wilson. His approach is abstract and baldly poetic. But he is too good a craftsman to juxtapose totally unrelated elements. His play and this production deserved a far better audience than two. Maybe critics, like judges, should disqualify themselves in certain instances.

Zan Skolnick



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