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Re: “Suffering Shakespeare

The job of a critic is not to be nice. The job of a critic is to know the difference between a good and bad performance, and to give an honest appraisal to the public about a performance s/he has seen. It is the job of the actors, the director and the production company to deliver a solid performance - especially if they have gone to the trouble to invite a critic to review said performance.

What Mr. Hurwitt has written does not in any way come across as "spiteful." This review is actually more entertaining and grounded than the shows themselves!

Regardless of whether actors are paid or not, and regardless of whether a theatre company is pro or amateur, it's the job of the theatre company to put on a performance that is worth watching, and the job of a director to choose actors who can fulfill their duties on stage, and put the play into a context that is compelling and serves the play. To call this review spiteful for expecting a production to be at least on solid footing with the chosen material (why would you do a clown version of Shakespeare if you know nothing about the art of clowning and/or arent' prepared to train your actors to learn that art?) is just ridiculous.

Posted by Joshua Stein on 07/21/2008 at 9:01 AM

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