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I was flattered to read your appraisal of my work in Buffalo ("Director's Choice") in Gusto (Dec. 31). As your memory is slightly kinder than my resume, however, I thought I should write and set the record straight.

It was Patrick Ganey, and not I, who reintroduced Buffalo audiences to O'Casey with his production of "The Shadow of a Gunman" in I think 1989; Patrick and I, however, worked so closely together on a number of productions that we are often credited with one another's work. By the same token, none of the accomplishments with which you so kindly credit me would have been possible were it not for the collaborative spirit that makes doing theater so rewarding.

One of the delights in returning to direct in Buffalo is finding oneself, quickly, among old friends. While I was touched by the Buffalo-style welcome your notes in Gusto gave me, I would be sorry if such friends as Patrick, David Lamb, Tim White and Richard Lambert -- to name just four people who most neatly fit the context of your notes -- thought that I recalled our work together as flying solo.

Bob Waterhouse

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