Now, now … don't bring your other critics into it! You'll hurt people's feelings and have them looking over their shoulders and I know you don't want to do that! OK, thanks for the debate, Mr. Davis. You're still wrong. Haha. :)
Well, then don't see a preview, Mr. Davis. As you allude to with your comment ("performances become deeper over time"), shows change, often for the better, right? In fairness to you, I didn't see the other production you bring up. Also in fairness to you, I know the fact that it was a preview can't be used as a 'be all, end all' excuse for what rubbed you wrong. But in fairness to this particular production, each piece is it's own work and it strikes me as wrong to just compare two shows when a new director puts his time, heart and soul into making his own new and unique vision -- which our audience happened to buy into, wholeheartedly. It's just so dismissive and I have to say, using so much 'comparison' as 'critique' strikes me as unfair. Regardless of the other production you were so moved by, Ms. Paris didn't have a false or un-heartfelt moment on that stage last week -- and if you missed that, I'm sorry Mr Davis, but you missed so very, very much. Having said all of that, I appreciate what you do and I know you're a smart person whose reviews affect me.
Saw Death of a Salesman last weekend. Just because a show gets a standing ovation, it doesn't mean it's good. But this show did and was wonderful. Janie Paris ripped our hearts to pieces throughout. I'm not sure what closing monologue Mr. Davis saw, or was unfairly comparing it to, but this actress and her performance was devastatingly transcendent. She created something so rich and heartfelt. All around, we all found the show heart wrenching and quite wonderful. Ah, opinions make the world go around I suppose. But I am sad that the reviewer was so off base in this case. Perhaps the preview wasn't what he needed to see-- but by the time we saw it, it must have been a different show, because ours and the audience's experience was much deeper then this review indicates. It was beautiful and a great reminder and example of why the piece is as important as it is.
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