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'Beirut'

September 27, 1987

In her article on Rob Reiner and my father ("Reiner Takes a 'Bride,' " Sept. 20), Ellen Farley wrote that "Beirut" is a play about AIDS.

This is an incorrect statement. It is a play about love, passion, fear, commitment and quarantine. We refer to the disease in the play as the plague; and, although it has some similarities to AIDS, there are significant differences between the plague in "Beirut" and what we know to be true about AIDS.

Referring to "Beirut" as a play about AIDS is inaccurate and can be detrimental to an audience's perception of the play.

MAGGIE LEAR

New York

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