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Why do we tolerate a reviewer who pretends objectivity about  a subjective art form?  Why is it that we allow reviewers to avoid taking personal responsibility for their opinion?  Why do we accept their right to decide the fate of a show when that decision is so much a matter of luck?    Reaction to a play is often influenced entirely by the mood of the audience member.  Critics are people, they get tired and cranky, they have pet peeves, they make snap judgments, they have biases and preferences.  Why don’t they admit to these in their reviews?  Frankly, I find the approach to reviewing often pretentious and disingenuous.

Except in the case where they think I am wonderful of course.

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