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To the editors:

I couldn't resist the opportunity to defend myself against the nonsensical rambling of Mr. Helbig in his attempt at reviewing the EGB Irish-American Theatre Company's production of Hugh Leonard's Da [February 28]. There is little concern that his remarks will negatively affect my career, yet he should not be allowed to spew his unimaginative and erroneous rhetoric unchallenged.

Permit me to make a few suggestions. If, for some unfortunate reason, Mr. Helbig happens to wander into a production in which I am involved, and perish the thought, I have for some inexplicable reason been given another lead, it might better serve him to scurry on back to his domicile before the production begins. He could then spend the evening at home writing those nasty little barbs. I should think it would be a great step saver! No more wasted time in the theater scribbling down notes instead of involving oneself in the essence of the work.

Here's a thought: when you are writing a review, try to base it on something at least reasonably close to reality. This makes it so much more meaningful for the reader. But then again, I may be asking for too much. Possibly Mr. Helbig, as of yet, has had little to do with the concept of thought, or, for that matter, reality. If this is the case, he should try these concepts. He may find them refreshingly stimulating, which is more than I can say for his review.

Isn't it a pity that he spent an evening at the theater and missed the point? Perhaps it could be suggested that he search for that point by gazing into his mirror. (Hint: try looking in the cranial area.)

Robert John Keating

Chicago

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