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Comment on Review: ‘See How They Run’ @ Curtain Call, 12/1/17 by Sad Trombone

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:49:09 +0000

Disgraceful. The sometimes plodding, establishing first act only serves to enhance the fast-paced lunacy of the 2nd. Additionally, the actors introduced in the 2nd act brighten up both the play and the cast. The audience was roaring with laughter throughout. This is so badly misguided, you owe all involved an apology. You can complain about the first act (we thought it slow), but to pass judgement on the entire show based on it, particularly one with such a bright dividing line, is simply wrong...it is everything that is wrong with "reviewers", who can't even be bothered to watch something before deciding it's terrible and not even worthy of their oh-so-important time. You had one bruised bite and threw away an otherwise delicious apple, then decided to tell everyone else to stop eating their apples. Unprofessional and should never have been published. Why on earth did the paper even publish a review of a play that the reviewer DID NOT WATCH?



Comment on Review: ‘See How They Run’ @ Curtain Call, 12/1/17 by Joanne FitzGibbon

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:56:42 +0000

Steve and his stone-faced companion must have been in a bad mood when they went to see "See How They Run"....we saw it last night and the whole audience laughed heartily during the show. What a shame that Steve Barnes has the ability to cast a negative outlook on an entertaining show being put on by our very fine local community theatre. I think he should aplogize to Carol and Peter Max for his very negative, unprofessional review. Curtain Call Theatre is certainly an asset to our community and we should encourage and support them to continue for many years to come.



Comment on Review: ‘See How They Run’ @ Curtain Call, 12/1/17 by John

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:58:43 +0000

As a member of the viewing audience I too found the first act a little dry and not Broadway caliber, but having the courtesy to stay for the second, I was rewarded by viewing a comedic following that left me laughing and entertained. Normally I am not one to follow up with reviews, but yours incensed me, to the point of wanting to let you know that I found your review mean, rude, and unprofessional, especially after not attending the best and second act. Perhaps the TU should take a look at what they are paying you for. Perhaps an apology for at least not doing your whole job. J.



Comment on Review: ‘See How They Run’ @ Curtain Call, 12/1/17 by sara

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:44:10 +0000

I am disappointed. There is so little coverage of truly locally produced theatre by the TU. So sad to see that when it is highlighted, the reviewer doesn't have the courtesy to review the full production. I attend a lot of pointless meetings at work- I'd love to leave early- but my job requires me to participate fully and if something is determined or decided at the end of the meeting- I am responsible for knowing that. Honest reviews are so very important- but it is hard to take this one seriously.



Comment on Opera Saratoga announces new hires by Don Drewecki

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:15:31 +0000

And what are the operas being performed at SPAC in 2018???



Comment on Review: ‘See How They Run’ @ Curtain Call, 12/1/17 by Alexander

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:25:32 +0000

I have no respect what-so-ever for a reviewer who leaves a show. He's a reviewer, that's his only task, to watch the show. To me that is an undisciplined, unprofessional and indulgent response to piece, not a clear critique. And in fact, despite his arrogant presumption, the second is actually far superior to the first one and pretty damn funny. I laughed a lot and pretty heartily. I even had the though that the director should figure out how to put a little more of that kind of pace and franticness into the first act and it would be much better. But it is hardly as awful as this guy and his friend seem to think. (and by the way, a reviewer should never be influenced by someone else's opinion - I don't respect that either).



Comment on Foreigner, Whitesnake announced for SPAC by Snicker Doodle

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:16:12 +0000

It would be nice of SPAC came out of the 80's and had some shows with newer artists and more diverse music. It seems like they're always booking 70's and 80's bands. Not worth the money they charge for these old timers over and over again.



Comment on Review: ‘See How They Run’ @ Curtain Call, 12/1/17 by Anonymous

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 03:31:09 +0000

Not much critique in this review; just seems mean.



Comment on Review: ‘See How They Run’ @ Curtain Call, 12/1/17 by Risa Scranton

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:40:54 +0000

You should have stayed for the second act, Steve. This show is paced like a roller coaster -- all that clicking upwards might seem dull, as your car is raised higher and higher and higher -- but then, woosh! The descent begins and you are given a thrilling ride through ups and downs and unexpected curves until the final last push to the end. You should have stayed, Steve. The first act was deliberate set-up, and the payoff was the hilarious second act. The cast is brilliant, their comic timing impeccable, and the roar of the audience's laughter resounded throughout the hall. You should have stayed, Steve. It really isn't fair for you to have panned the show without seeing it through, just as getting off of the roller coaster at the first peak would leave you wondering what all the fuss is about. You should have stayed, Steve.



Comment on Columnist, author David Brooks to speak at Skidmore by william lyons

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:14:42 +0000

I hope his pants have razor sharp creases.