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To the editors:

It is unfortunate that your review of Wenceslas Square, which was recently performed by the Body Politic Theatre, should not have appeared until May 19--just two days before the play's scheduled closing of May 21. Your tardiness is particularly distressing because the play, although well received by playgoers and favorably reviewed by your reviewer, did not receive the audiences that it deserved. Your theatrical reviews exert a powerful influence on potential ticket buyers--especially those who support the not-for-profit theater companies in Chicago. You perform a disservice when you neglect to review a good production in a timely manner.

Like other companies, the Body Politic, a major equity company that has enriched the Chicago scene for many years with memorable productions (among them Translations, A Life, and The Dresser), deserves all the support and encouragement it can get--certainly from friends of the Chicago theater. You have several theater critics on your staff, and almost never do two plays open on precisely the same night. I cannot understand how or why a review should be withheld for several weeks.

David M. Zesmer

S. Cornell

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