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Thursday, 21 September 2006



Thank you for being so forth coming.

While I do not know the full details of what occurred at Metrostage, I am aware of at least one other situation where a critic left half way through a performance.

It was the summer and the local paper of record had been unable to send any of their regular reviewers to a production, which to be honest was selling extremely well without any sort of review good or bad.

However as we all know you still want to have some evidence that a show was indeed produced. The Post sent a reviewer who, from every indication had never written a theater review before. He too left half way through the performance. When I found this out I immediately called his editor. I told them I didn't care whether the review was good or bad we did not want half of our show reviewed. They apologized and sent the reviewer back to see the second half of the show.

When he arrived he told me I had "over reacted" and that he had intended to give the show a good review. This experience was early in my experience of dealing with the press and has always left a very bad taste in my mouth, and to be honest sometimes colors my dealings with the Post.

I appreciate the City Paper's and your honesty in dealing with this matter, I wish Pamela the best, but this is just one of those things that breaks whatever social contract that exists between performer and critic and should be taken very seriously.


I sent an email yesterday asking Pam to consider reviewing our opening of Night of the Living Dead at DCAC, and received a short response that she would no longer be reviewing theatre. I was totally out of the loop, but fortunately, Tboy delivers the dirt. Thanks!

Though I understand the ethical dilemma here, I would also report that back in the pre natal years of my own company, Pam sat through an entire performance in which we were the only people in the audience. She totally trashed the show (never one to shy away from that), but to paraphrase Mae West, it didn't matter whether she liked it or not, it only mattered that she came. She wasn't above hitching up her skirt to visit the grungy underbelly of DC theatre, and she respected the work of hardworking kids as much as the local stars - sometimes maybe even more. She was pro-risk, anti-pretense-and-bullshit. Whether or not she liked what we did, you could always tell she loved the fact that we were doing it. We're going to miss her.

Pam has always been a champion of the "scrappy" theatres who do their own thing regardless of funding or politics. I hope that is how she will be remembered durng her time at WashCP, and that she will carry on somewhere else.

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