Slog News & Arts

Line Out

Music & Nightlife

« It's Not Just Me | Flickr Photo of the Day »

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Critics Behaving Badly

posted by on March 26 at 14:15 PM


A story from LA Weekly critic Steven Mikulan about jackass reviewers on opening night: they drink too much, steal boxes of food, double-dip crudites, pitch their own projects (“give a critic and inch, he’ll write a play”), and abuse the talent:

“She goes up to the playwright,” the producer-publicist continues, “and in front of his cast and director, says, ‘Your play is awful and you don’t know how to write, but at least you’re cute.’ She ripped his heart out. He was devastated.”

RSS icon Comments


The Internet makes bloggers think anyone can be a critic and many are now losing their jobs.

I won't cry too hard because I think I could be a critic too.

Posted by Clearlyhere | March 26, 2008 2:52 PM

And how apt George Sanders' farewell note:

"Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck."

Not to mention his double claim to fame by having been married to two (2!) of the Gabor sisters.

Posted by ADDISON DeWITT | March 26, 2008 3:04 PM

@2 - Lucky!

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 26, 2008 3:19 PM

Any time you offer free food and/or drink, you're bound to have at least a few assholes show up.

Posted by Hernandez | March 26, 2008 3:35 PM

Thanks, Brendan, for putting up the photo of Addison DeWitt. And for those of you who haven't seen "All About Eve" yet, you're in for a treat.

Posted by MichaelPgh | March 26, 2008 4:23 PM

only a true drama fag would ever use the word "crudites". dependng, of course, on how they pronounce it.

Posted by | March 26, 2008 5:39 PM
The reviewer is often called a parasite. I prefer the more down-right word, thief. Shakespeare, in Timon of Athens, described the whole cycle of nature in terms of theft; and the same applies to the creative cycle by which the author steals from life, the theatre steals from the writer making his work its own, and finally -- if he is up to it -- the critic steals from the theatre. He has, however, some humdrum tasks to fulfill before he can lay claim to the goods. He has, first of all, to make himself useful.
--Irving Wardle, theatre criticism Required reading for any critic.
Posted by Laurence Ballard | March 26, 2008 6:47 PM

...and a true drama fag would utilize the accent aigu as in crudités - otherwise the word looks like - well - crud-ites. And sometimes they are. Speaking of loading up on free food - ever attend the alleged gala opening of SIFF? Some people act as if they just arrived with from Oklahoma with the Joads.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | March 26, 2008 7:15 PM

"The critics? I hate the critics? I have nothing but compassion for them. How can I hate the crippled, the mentally deficient, and the dead?" Spoken by Sir (Albert Finney) in 1983's The Dresser.

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | March 26, 2008 10:43 PM

Comments Closed

In order to combat spam, we are no longer accepting comments on this post (or any post more than 14 days old).