I have never been one for writing a Letter-to-the-Editor at a newspaper to complain (is it ever for any other purpose than to express outraged indignation, I wonder?) about asinine and ignorant comments proffered by a music or theatre critic. Why? I’ve never believed that people who actually read concert or theatre reviews care, or believe, what a critic really thinks: eschewing any tendencies to vicariousness – just as we do with weather forecasts by analogy now that I think about it – therein avoiding any possibility of self-recrimination in the certainty that the opposite must be true.
Alas, this perception was reinforced this week in a remarkably torpid review in The New York Times. Continue Reading →