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Friday, 09 March 2007



(A late comment, since I just discovered your blog)

Regarding Frankie & Johnny, which thankfully I saw with a comp ticket... it was so... safe. The opening sex scene was played for laughs rather than to push the audience's comfort barrier, and the actors had their backs to the audience and got dressed as soon as they could, reducing the nudity to tasteful minimum.

As for the acting, Vito bellowed without subtlety or focus, to the point where it seemed that Kate gave in to him for no other reason than the script said so, and would much rather have booted him out on his ass. And for the play itself, nobody's convinced me yet that Act 2 isn't anything other than redundant.

I invite anyone to explain why an audience should be expected to shell out... uh... whatever a full-priced ticket at Arena is... for little more than a de-fanged sitcom. And fair warning, if they use the phrase "magic of live theatre," I swear my brains will explode all over the keyboard.


Thank god we don't belong to the EU!


Arts, Briefly
May 1, 2007
New Law to Protect Critics From Being Misquoted

The European Commission has passed legislation that would keep bad reviews from looking good, the London newspaper The Independent reported. The measure, to take effect in December, will make it illegal for advertisers to misquote reviewers by taking a positive word or phrase from a theater review if it gives a misleading sense of the whole review. The Unfair Commercial Practices Directive bars advertising that includes “false information” or any claim that “deceives or is likely to deceive the consumer” and thus “causes or is likely to cause him to take a transactional decision that he would not have taken otherwise.” Helen Kearns, the commission’s spokeswoman on consumer affairs, said the measure would be “policed on a case-by-case basis” by the Office of Fair Trading. “It should apply to misleading advertising right across the board,” she added, “from airline tickets to theater tickets.”

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