It's not clear yet if Mayor Barry has a book or movie contract, but novelist Ishmael Reed seems to be the first one out with a satirical play based on the Vista sting. Reed, acclaimed author, poet, critic and essayist, who calls his writing style "neo hoodooism," has titled his play about Barry's arrest "Savage Wilds, Part II." It is to be performed at the BMT theater in Emeryville, Calif., next month. Reed, who has taught for a number of years at the University of California at Berkeley, will read from the play at the Smithsonian on Aug. 21.

Author of such novels as "Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down" and "Mumbo Jumbo," Reed said yesterday that "using fiction, I'm able to raise questions about the Barry case." "Savage Wilds" is a broadly drawn assault on the prosecution of Barry, which Reed feels is a "case of a black man being scapegoated. I think when people have the sense to settle down and look back at this, the government will look worse," he said.

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Effi Barry's book-movie project still seems to be moving along, although a firm contract doesn't appear to have been signed yet. Los Angeles Daily News writer Sue Reilly said yesterday that Hollywood producer Michael Vinor put her together with the city's First Lady and they began working on the book while Mayor Barry was undergoing alcoholism rehabilitation treatment. "Michael's responsible for coming up with the money and the contract; we're responsible for the book," Reilly said yesterday. Reilly, who has also been a People magazine reporter, said Vinor has an outline and two chapters ...

The smash London musical "Miss Saigon" is about to come to Broadway, but angry Asian American actors are protesting the casting of a Caucasian in the lead role. Part of the concern is that good Asian roles are rare. "Miss Saigon" is "Madame Butterfly" in a Vietnam War setting, and it is so anxiously awaited on Broadway that it has generated $10.5 million in advance sales. The criticism is based on the expected casting of British actor Jonathan Pryce as the Eurasian engineer-pimp, a role that won him an Olivier Award in London. "It's ridiculous to have a Caucasian actor with taped eyelids play an Asian," said actor B.D. Wong, who won a Tony for his performance in "M. Butterfly" ...

In the hometown-woman-makes-good category, Virginia Attorney General Mary Sue Terry has become the first Virginian and the first woman to be president of the National Association of Attorneys General. The association's membership includes the attorneys general of all 50 states. She took over the office yesterday in Asheville, N.C. ...

Criticism by Catholic organizations in Italy has hurt the sale of tickets to Madonna's concerts there. Even donning the No. 15 jersey of Italian soccer star Roberto Baggio and occasionally speaking Italian during her concert Tuesday didn't help. Scalpers were selling tickets at cost or less, and sales were so sluggish that Madonna canceled a second planned performance in Rome. The state-run RAI television network dropped plans to record the concert for future broadcast ...

Former White House correspondent Sam Donaldson was a tough questioner of President Reagan on that beat, but who ever expected him to make an appearance as a singer on television? Next week, the irrepressible newsman, who is now a co-host of ABC's "PrimeTime Live," will be singing on Channel 26 in the "Capitol Steps Summer Comedy Special." The song is titled "Ol' Man Gipper," a parody of the former president's video testimony. Sam may yet have another career in the offing ...