Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fair warning on *Curtains*

I’ve really struggled with this review. I mean, that one song that calls critics “mentally sick”?
That’s going a bit far.
Sure, there’s a lot of talent on display in Troy Nickerson’s production, but I gotta tell ya, I’ve got some criticisms of several individuals in the show. Sorry.
My review will be out on Thursday.

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At January 19, 2010 5:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lack of professionalism on this blog never ceases to amaze me.

If your job is to critique local theatrical productions and you are doing that job with integrity, no warnings or apologies should be required.

It's possible that just a better choice of words would help. Maybe. A little. Critiquing individual performances or specific choices is part of your job. Being critical of individuals is not what a review should be about. To state that you are going to be critical of individuals, require that they wait for two days to learn who is being criticized and then back-handedly ask for forgiveness by apologizing for it in advance is not only unprofessional but borderline cruel.

Also, if one listens to it, "that one song" is actually critical of actors, directors, and producers who form their opinion of critics based on a good or bad review. Even if it weren't, to take it personally (as if the Civic Theatre actors were directing it at you rather than performing the song in character) is really what goes a bit far.

If this posting is merely a stunt to increase anticipation for your review, it is, as with your other stunts (e.g., Mamet quote), in very poor taste.

At January 19, 2010 9:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't tell if this is tongue-in-cheek or not. Hope you had as much fun as I did at the show, Bobo.

At January 21, 2010 3:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous. A bit self-centered, a bit paranoid, to think the song was written only about you.


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