To clarify: these are, in the reviewer's opinion, the best scenes from only those shows that the reviewer bothered to see.
Hmmmm, how about this: "... just because I didn't always understand OR REVIEW those proudly nontraditional shows..." (emphasis mine).
I know for a fact that there have been quality productions of difficult, not-often-produced shows that you haven't bothered seeing, because I've been a part of those productions and you were nowhere to be found.
And I've lost count of the number of times a review of a show has appeared under your byline in the final week of the show's run (or even after it closed), so the attention you might be able to draw to the production is perhaps too little but definitely too late.
Which brings me back to the larger point of my criticism (the part you didn't bother to reply to): what role you specifically, and theater reviewers in general, can play in making local theaters an economically viable endeavor.
I do not expect you to attend every local company's opening night performance and have a review published within days of that event. I acknowledge that your time and column inches are both limited commodities. Which is why this column is all the more infuriating, because it's yet another wasted opportunity to promote what Atlanta theaters are capable of accomplishing despite the economic limitations. Instead, you are using this precious space to whine that, in the face of all the sacrifices we make just to keep our doors open and shows running, we're not risking enough to suit you.
Cry me a river... you freely admit to not seeing/reviewing shows, but yet you still want theaters to produce those shows? You're a f*%king theater critic: if you won't see the shows, or if you won't review the shows that you do see, how in the heck do you expect local theaters to find an audience? Why should they take the risks that you won't take?
Either you do, or you don't, have some influence on the local audience... either your readers value your opinion or they don't. In the former case, you can encourage them to spend money and make economically viable the kind of theater you want to see -- that's an extraordinary power. In the latter case, you should really do something else, and let somebody else have your column inches.
Either way: stop whining.
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