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To the editors:

With regard to [Anthony Adler's] capsule review [of Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean] in the Reader's Guide to the Theater, January 8th:

I can think of a lot of "truly weird" plays written during this century, and I would never consider Jimmy Dean to be one of them. Just what are his criteria for "weirdness" in theatrical entertainment, and how does this play qualify under said standards?

And if he thinks a fairly straightforward narrative like that is "weird," what adjective does he use to describe the works of Ionesco, Brecht, and the like?


N. Ashland


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