…one of my favorite Los Angeles theater critics, Tony Frankel of Stage and Cinema, is writing glorified press releases for theater companies.
Unfortunately, it’s a trend I’ve been noticing with Tony over the last few months. I know he’s slammed with his duties as Editor-in-Chief at S&C, and thankfully he continues to assemble a crack group of critics over there, including Jason Rohrer, Paul Birchall, Samuel Bernstein, Thomas Antoinne, Jesse David Corti, Mia Bonadonna, Tom Chaits and Barnaby Hughes, probably the most honest and insightful group of critics in Los Angeles, but seeing Tony’s talents relegated to these puff pieces is, frankly, depressing.
The good news, I guess, if there is any to be found, is that these “features” or “previews” (as they are being called on the site) by Tony are extremely well-written and rich with context and history, which certainly separates them from some of the other puff pieces I read around town. Neverthless, I still have to call ‘em as I see ‘em, glorified press releases. And I find myself simply skipping over these articles when I see them on the site. I see enough press releases come down the pike as it is, I’m certainly not going to go out of my way to read some more even if they are well written.
Sometimes a cigar is simply a cigar.
I guess a brother has to got to do what a brother has got to do to get by, we all have to dance with the devil to some extent to make ends meet, still, I don’t find it to be a positive development in the evolution of theater criticism here in Los Angeles.
Okay, my virtual sigh is complete.
About the Author: COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.