View single post by Shanahan
 Posted: Thu Jan 24th, 2008 10:25 pm
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Joined: Fri Jun 9th, 2006
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Two quick thoughts: If you genuinely feel it might be your writing that's in question, now's the time to quietly sit down with it, in the aftermath, and try to turn a self-critical eye on the play. Are there things you didn't like when you saw it done? Lines that seemed clunky or unnecessary? Can you make it better--if you even have to?

Otherwise, remember that your play got filtered twice. Once through a director who may not have gotten it, and once through the perception/interpretation of actors who were charged with following that director. So maybe it's them.

But here's the thing: F the critics. Did the audience enjoy it? They're the end user. They're the ones you need to please in the long run. Look at it this way: food critics will tell you a Quarter Pounder with Cheese is awful, but damn it all, I love 'em. So screw the critics, hard and deep. Did the audience dig it? There's your payoff. Critics are paid to be bitchy; audiences pay to be entertained. Were they?

In looking at that review, the critic really kind of whizzed right past you. Two adjectives do not a review make, my friend. Move on and be glad your work got seen.

two cents, firmly banked,