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February 09, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

A fire wrecked an empty Istanbul theater and killed a night watchman early Sunday. Police said the fire broke out following a performance of "Muzir Muzikal," a controversial play criticizing the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Turkey. Istanbul Gov. Nevzat Ayaz, quoted by the semiofficial Anatolian news agency, said, "The fire was started by an electricity short-circuit in the upper parts of the stage."

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