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ACROSS 110TH STREET

I disagree with Tom Sellar's February 19 review of Native Son at the Classical Theatre of Harlem [Sightlines, "Wright From Wrong"]. Mr. Sellar complains "the inner life Wright ascribes to Bigger in prose evaporates." Well, all I had to do was to watch the amazing performance of the central character given by actor Ben Rivers to see Bigger's inner life exposed. With every look and gesture it was there.

In addition, Sellar's dismissal of the lawyer's courtroom confrontation in Act II as "packed with didactic speeches" that "quicklybecome tedious" smacks of elitist snobbery. I found the second half entertaining and thought-provoking, and it certainly didn't hinder the audience from giving the performance a rousing standing ovation.

For an Off-Off-Broadway production in a Harlem venue with a ticket price of $15, I think the show overachieved and was worth every penny.

Chris Lovman
Manhattan


CORRECTION

Jessica Winter's review of the New York Underground Film Festival in last week's issue ("The Targets Shoot First") erroneously implied that festival director Ed Halter is the event's sole curator. Halter shares those duties with program director Wendi Weger and a number of guest curators.

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