September 13, 2008 by Jo
So around January of this year I discovered an anonymous blog about theatre here in Huntsville. Using Google Blogsearch I was able to read most of each review and get the jist of this site.
The address was http://muchmorerealthanlife.blogspot.com and the tagline was something about loving theatre because it’s “much more real than life”. As I read the reviews, I got tickled. The grammar and spelling in most of it was inadequate, many of the posts were short and very pointed (for instance, anything Jim or Jeff did got slammed), and I guess due to disinterest in updating/keeping up (I swear, there are only about 10 people in this city who actually see every show) the site was removed.
For a while now I’ve been talking about the value of a good, thorough review. It’s one of the main reasons that I share my opinion with those who ask for it, and I’ve also learned that certain people can handle the truth and others can’t.
I know in our city, with 1-3 week runs of shows and the incestous community we thrive in in our theatre world, having reviews printed in the newspaper is pretty impossible because most shows aren’t ready on dress rehearsal for a reviewer to attend, and that would be the only feasible way to get reviews in the paper on the first weekend.
It’s also obvious that the majority of the theatre community here take everything way too seriously and therefore cannot stand for someone, ANYONE, to say that the pace was slow, people were miscast, the tech was incomplete…
So while I, and probably most of my little theatre family, would be able to handle the criticism as long as it was presented in a constructive and positive way (in other words, I could care less about something that happened ten years ago between ____ and ____, JUST LEAVE IT AT HOME…) I can see that the community at large isn’t ready because WE ALL TAKE OURSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY.
And there’s my review.