Monday, June 12, 2017

That's Rich

I was glancing through Hot Seat, a collection of Frank Rich's reviews when he was The New York Times' theatre critic from 1980 to 1993.  I was in New York a lot during those years, so it's fascinating to read about productions I saw.

Broadway producers have long complained about the Times.  They believe it's too powerful--for many theatregoers, it's the only review they read.  If you don't get the Times, it's hard to be a hit.

Rich seems to be sensitive regarding this charge.  He sometimes adds comments after his review, and he often notes how some show was a hit or a flop despite his review.

Come on, Frank. Own it.  Okay, the Times can't decide everything, but there is no stronger voice on Broadway.  You should be proud that you had the power, not try to pretend you were just another guy with his own opinion.

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