QUOTE(Gordina @ Apr 15 2009, 06:54 PM)
@ Backdrifter and Laughingmonster
Originally, I intented to simply say that I thought the critics' verdict was far too grim and submit my own positive review, which, however, never appeared on the main page so I posted in on the forum. But then somebody said "... the cast actually looked embarrassed at the bows". When I replied 'why don't you try to do better', I was, in fact, referring to such persons, and not to everybody in general who voices their reservations about the play. We all do have a right to our opinions. But why not get serious and really write a play of one's own? A critic may be a writer's dream gone bust. At least we would appreciate the courage it actually takes to come forward and put one's work onstage. What would you have done differently in TMG and why? This is the kind of feedback that will help authors improve their work. Comments such as "worst I've ever seen" without giving any specifics are simply regarded by authors for what they are: put downs by someone who doesn't know any better.
Ben Jones told me he actually likes his role with its twists and turns. And he does a wonderful Latin American accent. Josefina Gabrielle has found herself a new fan: Me! Nobody is embarrassed at the bows because the audiences have been far more positive about the play than many critics were.
And, yes, I could register. I didn't think about it because I thought this would be the only time I'd ever voice a POV on any UK play. And, yes, Lynette, I could write more reviews on other plays I have seen. I am just new to this forum.
Thanks for that response, you sound a lot calmer than in your previous posts! I'd still argue that just because someone has slated something without going into detail, it doesn't necessarily mean it's uninformed or that they don't know any better, any more than I'd say that about someone who just said "I loved it!" also without explaining why. But I do agree that it's at least always more interesting if someone backs up their loved-it-or-hated-it comments.
I'd also add that there could be many people on this board who are indeed writing their own plays, or have even had stuff performed, but opt to not mention it.
Regarding your comments on critics perhaps being failed writers. Did you get to see Plague Over England? It's written by Nicholas de Jong, the theatre critic of the London Evening Standard who has in fact now resigned from that job to write full-time.
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