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Missed 'Airplanes'

November 05, 1988

It's unfortunate that Martin Bernheimer was sent to cover composer Philip Glass, playwright David Henry Hwang and designer Jerome Sirlin's "1000 Airplanes on the Roof" ("UCLA Introduces Glass' Science-Fictitious 'Airplanes,' " Nov. 2).

He shouldn't cover an experience that melds multimedia, science-fiction, music and drama, etc.

In his review there's little mention of Hwang, the Los Angeles-New York Chinese-American playwright who received the 1988 Tony Award for best play for "M. Butterfly." Furthermore, there's virtually no critical discussion of the text in Bernheimer's review, let alone the subtext.

I think Calendar owes its readers the service to have another critic revisit the Wadsworth Theatre before the show closes (tonight).

CLINT GOLDMAN

Los Angeles

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