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Reviewing the review
I have just read your review of Romeo and Juliet ("Shakespeare duels with flintlock pistols in an exciting new Romeo and Juliet," July 16). I first had the pleasure of seeing Kahle Reardon while visiting family in New York and was fortunate enough to see her in a play at New York University/Tisch, where she was a student; I was very impressed with her at this time. When we first saw her name in the Tennessee Repertory Theatre's production of The Crucible, we visited Nashville to attend. I had seen Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in the limited run of The Crucible in New York, and I can truthfully say that young Ms. Reardon was better in her role than her Broadway counterpart. And I dare say that David Alford was every bit as engaging as Liam Neeson. Since making that first trip to Nashville, we have begun to include the Tennessee Repertory Theatre productions in our plans together with our trips to New York.We saw Ms. Reardon just weeks ago in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and she was—again—wonderful. We have also seen her as Juliet, and either we have attended a different play in a different city or her rounded tones are falling on deaf ears—yours! The only term you use that is more incorrect is "artless reading"—we truly were at different plays. I am not just speaking for myself but for the attending audience who raved about Ms. Reardon. I am not an actress but a person who can certainly appreciate talent when seen, and I feel it is unfortunate when negative comments are made towards such a fine young actor.

It appears that, in your article, you may have something going on besides an honest review. Pity.

Susan Black

Leave Sandy alone!
There will come a day real soon when you will have to face God for writing a story about an innocent woman ("The female discount for sexual predators," July 9). Do you even consider what you are doing to her children? You can't be a Christian if you work for this horrible paper. Sandy Binkley is a good woman with a good marriage and wonderful children. Leave her alone.


Close enough
I just read Eric Lehning's excellent review of the Chuck Close exhibit, which is every bit as good as you indicate ("The Frist's Chuck Close exhibit lays bare his technique, but the results are somehow even more mysterious," July 9). I'm going for the second time tomorrow. Your writing is a model of clarity, especially for a piece of art criticism—probably just lack of experience on your part. Maybe go through some old issues of Art News and acquire a more obscure vocabulary. Obfuscation comes only with diligence.

Bill Doak

Heard it before
History is set to repeat itself, again. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 that is being debated in Washington has all the hallmarks of a classic déjà vu. Last year, the federal government sent out rebate checks in an attempt to stimulate the economy. They also dumped huge sums of money into failing Wall Street banks and insurance firms. Both had no effect. It's long passed time that central planners learned that throwing good money after bad will not stimulate the economy. We must instead cut taxes, reform burdensome regulation and eliminate government waste. It is not until we pay attention to our past history of stimulus failures that we can begin to move toward the future.

Michael Francis

Danger: sarcasm alert

Nice choice for first place. /sarcasm ("You Are So Nashville If...," July 16)

Do you ever tire of being hard-left bigots? Do you find it difficult to continue masquerading as "tolerant," "enlightened," "inclusive" or even "open-minded" when encouraging such hate speech?

Can you or the author of the "winning" entry even explain—with facts, not prejudice-fueled perception—how the local GOP is racist?


The big tent party
So I guess you guys at the Scene believe all gun owners and conservatives are in the Klan ("You Are So Nashville If...," July 16). Your cover article is racist and irresponsible.


The best way to finish off the last vestiges of the Klan is to make relentless fun of them ("You Are So Nashville If...," July 16).

Having said that, the relentless and reckless use of Klan analogies and other accusations of racism by the Scene, by responsible media and by other political opponents of the Republican Party do nothing but worsen race relations.

There is an old term for using the behavior of a few to falsely characterize the actions of a few. I think it is "McCarthyism."

Mark Rogers


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