Yesterday's issue of The Times included a story by A.A. Gill, who cast a very critical eye on today's theatre critics. If you thought Nicholas Hytner picked a fight, read this.
Among other things, Gill asks rhetorically:
So, why do they do it? You’d imagine they’d do the performers the courtesy of clapping and leaving all of five minutes later with the rest of us. I don’t think even they know why they do it. I wonder whether most of them know what they’re doing in a theatre any more....No aspect of the culture is as badly served by its critics as the theatre is. The chorus of critics has forgotten that its first calling is as journalists, to write readable, intelligent and amusing articles.
A certain Mark Pearce comments on the story by recommending fellow readers to "Check out West End Whingers, City Slicker, Interval Drinks and any other number of London theatre blogs for a fresh perspective." I'll drink to that (each of them is listed among my favorite daily reads).
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).