It's astonishing to me how often you have to remind people that if there's a fee involved, it ain't love. God bless those who have their little gig getting others to pay them for their "evaluations." No question it's cheaper than going to the Learning Annex, and some undoubtedly feel warm and fuzzy for the attention paid to them. But this is a BUSINESS, folks. You want all that supportiveness, write a play that a producer and director will support. (This is, of course, assuming that the response about supportiveness from the BareBones member was sincere.)
"This used to be a friendly and supportive forum."
It still is. Most supportive and friendly. That is why everyone here does watch out for each other and will point out what they may see as a discrepancy.
A critique of your or anyone's posting does not mean "unfriendly."
"Playwrights may send as many scripts as they wish, but must include a $10 reading/critique fee for each different short play (fees vary for plays longer than 5-15 pages)..."
'Nuff said (or written).
This does kind of sound like a backdoor fundraiser for your theatre to me. Despite what may be your good intentions. $10 for a five page play? It takes two minutes to read a five page play. Less. You either like a short play or you don't No need to pay for a critique on a short play. We do that for free on this Forum! and, I might add, the members of this forum seem to do it quite well, with respect and passion.
I wish you the best of luck with your theatre, but I will pass on this one.
Gary Garrison of "The Loop" reminds us to ask whether the theatre is charging actors, readers, directors and techies to bring the production(s) off, or are they just charging playwrights, who have already invested more time and finances in their work than anyone else ever will.
Also, what is the reward paid to a playwright whose work is chosen? Does it vary with the length of plays submitted as does the reader fee?