Somehow, I completely missed this, but nothing gets by the ever-sharp eye of Esther at Gratuitous Violins.
She takes on one of my all-time favorite theatre critics, Frank Rich, for this comment at last week's discussion of August: Osage County, sponsored by The New York Times:
By the way, many of the most vicious reviews are written on theater blogs, and they can’t be stopped either.I'm with you, Esther. I don't read too many blogger reviews that are outright vicious, and in fact, I think the one critic out there who seems to take the most glee in being so is none other than the Grey Lady's current lead critic.
But I will say this: I miss the days before Mr. Rich transferred over to the Op-Ed pages. Not because I'm upset by what he has to write over there, but because as a theatre lover, I felt that I had a kindred spirit writing reviews for other theatre lovers. "Butcher of Broadway," indeed.
Those were the days, and they were rich.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).