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It’s critical

You don’t have to go very far afield to find someone who disagrees with your assessments. Such disagreements, like charity, often begins at home.


By Edwin S. Porter (YouTube) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This is the critic’s dilemma: if you cannot get those nearest and dearest to you to buy your point of view, how will you convince the larger public to accept your criticism. How do strangers feel about what you have to say? Can they trust your guidance? Will they?

Entertainment merits a very personal response. Let’s face it, there are many human beings involved in the giving and the getting.

The author creates characters, who, as anyone who has written knows, sometimes take off with their own stories. The actors, with the counsel of the director,  people the plotlines and add spice and dimension. There are many other hands involved, designers of sets and lighting, sometimes musicians, and the helpful stage managers, in making a play the thing worthy of our time and attention.

The critic is the least of the equation. And like any audience, he/she is not passive. No one in theater seats is a blank slate, absorbing what the playwright, the actors, the designers, the director have put before them. You, and I, may react to something viscerally, or you may reject it outright. On a different day, and wearing a different outfit, I might respond differently to what I see.  My interpretations are personal and individual, and subjective.