View single post by LadyBug
 Posted: Thu Jan 24th, 2008 07:22 pm
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Joined: Wed Oct 24th, 2007
Location: Sacramento, California USA
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Okay.  Got my very first review of my very first play.  I'm about 75% sure it's a bad review but I'm having a problem translating the reviewers circular speak.  My play is "Meeting MySpace by Elizebeth Turnquist."  (The reviewer added an "in" to the title of my play and continued the misspelling of my first name that the theater started.)

Here's the URL to the review:

Here's my main problem; if it's a bad review, I'm not sure if I should take this as a review of my writing or as a review of the directing.  

I wrote the play as a reflection on the fact that Sacramento is diverse and has many different personalities.  My director went for the laughs.  The characters were played WAY over the top.  I was writing in what I considered a realistic style and she directed it as a romantic comedy.    

I could just blame the director and say that it sucked because she sucked but that feels like a cop out.  I want to get some learning out of this experience.  I want to be able to grow from the criticism given by the reviewer.  I guess I want too much.  

Has anyone else had a problem like this before?  Sorting out if it’s your writing or the directing that earned a bad review?