The above story reminds me of a certain phrase I use from time to time:
“The sound of one hand clapping!”
I am not familiar with the San Francisco area being north of the border. Are there other newspapers who print reviews? This may provide a balance. We in Toronto have the opposite problem to yours. Some critics love everything and are loath to print a poor review – even if it is warranted. Anyone remember ‘the contract?’
I hope the critic in questions backs up his thoughts with evidence of his observations in an intelligent manner. Rest assured, eventually he will be found out. Sooner or later incompetence will be exposed to the cold light of truth.
for the review by Michael Wade Simpson which inspired the above posting.
I never saw the ballet but I do believe Mr. Simpson backed up his observations. Too bad he didn’t mention the audience reaction. I write reviews for fun on CD and try to be as honest as possible. Honesty means reporting a strong audience reaction, even if it contradicts with your view.