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Re: “Shakespeare gets the Monty Python treatment from Theatre in the Park

My comment is less about the show and more about the discussion occuring in the comments...

It seems to me that there are 2 very clear sides here. One is: we must defend the reviewer! And the other is, frankly, folks who didn't/don't agree with the reviewer.

Realitycheck says "So, the reviewer gets slammed because he saw the show for what it actually is, and not for what it was hyped up to be, and dared to tell the tale?" Surely Realitycheck knows that any review is subjective and therefore cannot tell what a show "actually is". The reviewer can merely give their perspective on it.

This adamant defense of a reviewer and his perspective is very kind of these responders. Too bad that seems to be the only perspective shown that sort of deference.

Critics have a difficult job. But it is a job they choose to pursue. And when their words are challenged, that is really no different then when they challenge the abilities and/or performance of an actor or writer or director. It is a sad day indeed when only one side of a discussion is allowed to be right. The comments here lead me to believe... that only the reviewer is allowed to be right. If you disagree or defend your work or position, then YOU are wrong.

If you pay attention to the audiences at this show, you will see that people will laugh at different points in the show primarily based on age. The older generation, who is more familiar with Hamlet, laughs at those parts. The younger generation is laughing more at the parts that are based in Monty Python/ Carol Burnett Show humor. If you see ANY of the promotional material for this show, you can't help but understand what it is. A time for escape and laughter and never meant to be taking seriously. If that's your cup of tea, Lovely! If it isn't, then I'm sure there is plenty of other theatre out there for you to see.

Posted by WAM3 on 04/08/2011 at 3:08 PM

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