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Letters to CurtainUp --2013
January 31, 2014. Intimacy didn't even deserve having you or any other critic waste their time on this trashy nonsense. The New Group has become a company to avoid rather than follow, at least for us.-- Brenda and Harry Greenstein.
January 17, 2014. Thanks for your review of Machinal. Like you, I thought it was excellent, and better than the pap Roundabout usually offers its subscribers. Treadweall, by the way, wasn't the only writer giving her own fictional spin to the Ruth Snyder murder case. The movies Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice were as well-- and actually stuck closer to the sheer "badness" of the adulterous Snyder. She enlister her lover to kill her husband. She was as much interested in filthy lucre as getting rid of him, since the plan included to collect his insurance. While dated-- it remains a powerful psychological study. -- Jason Eldridge.
January 17, 2014. Grim stuff, but great. We too loved Machinal. -- Jennie and Alan Gross.
December 21, 2013. I read your review of Machinal. The review contains a factual error. You stated that Ruth Snyder was the first woman to be executed in the electric chair. Please be advised that she was the third woman to be executed in the electric chair. Martha Place (NY 1899) and Virginia Christian (VA, 1912) were executed by this method before Ruth Snyder. Thank you, N. Baker-- also Mary Farmer (NY, 1909) to the list of women executed in the electric chair prior to Ms. Snyder. Thus, Ms. Snyder was the fourth woman executed by that method.-- NE Baker
Editor's Note: Mr. Baker was referring to my long ago, off-off-Broadway review of Machinal in which I should have said that Snyder was the first woman executed in Sing Sing since 1899-- not the first woman ever thus put to death. First or fourth, or whatever, not an especially dubious honor. At any rate, thanks to our observant reader the error has been fixed and we look forward to seeing and reviewing the starry revival when it opens officially at the American Airlines Theater.
December 21, 2013. May I offer one correction for the history of Candide? The Chelsea Theater Center in 1974 performed at BAM in Brooklyn, in an upstairs space that may once have been a ballroom. The production was transferred to the Broadway Theater, which had much of the balcony closed off. -- James Byrne
Editor's Note: Our recent review of the London revival led Mr. Byrne to our earlier Broadway revival review-- which mentioned the Chelsea Theater Center as the venue for the Broadway transfer-- instead of the Broadway Theater. Thanks to Mr. Byrne, we not only stand corrected but have belatedly corrected that error.
December 21, 2013. Re: Mary Zimmerman's Arabian Nights review in DC- I saw the show at Berkeley Rep in California, and though the production was not in the round, I thought the show had the same problems you pointed out. In my opinion, it was a lot of style over substance. Yet the local reviewers fell all over themselves praising it. I was glad to read your more clear-eyed review. -Christine U'Ren.
December 21, 2013. Nice "tweaking" of your front page-- easier, cleaner to navigate. -- anonymous CU regular.
December 18, 2013. The current Godot play seems to put a lot of emphasis on hats-- especially the vaudevillian hat swap in the second act. Is this supposed to have us wondering and trying to figure it out, shades of the elusive Godot? -- Mark Seidman.
Editor's response: Maybe it's because I'm very metaphor conscious, but to me the hat business is a metaphor for these lost souls' holding on to and grabbing hold of their self esteem.
December 10, 2013. W liked that Watson Intelligence play at Playwrights Horizon. And yes, I agree, the end was disappointing-- but that's true of so many plays.. — Tommy and Dick B.
December 8, 2013. Why didn't more people reviewing those Apple plays mention the inability to hear much of what was being said. Naturalistic acting, be damned, if the actors talks living room style instead of projecting so that the audience can hear what they're saying!! I cancelled my tickets for the other Apples after seeing Regular Singing. —Marjorie Guncroft.
November 27, 2013. For all the crotch grabbing this Macbeth and his lady project as little sizzle as Hawke projects the words. And that audience pandering knock-knock business. Oy Veh! Mr. O'Brien should be ashamed of himself. -- 3 un-bewitched, LC members who'd like the almost 3 hours of their lives back.
November 26, 2013. The best thing about the Lincoln Center Macbeth-- or would be if we could share it-- is the food on the table. I'd certainly prefer lobsters to this turkey-- as I will enjoy the turkey my mother is cooking more tomorrow. Something is indeed rotten in Thane-ville. You were right with your review-- if too kind. -- Annie Gates, Brooklyn.
November 1, 2013. Completely agreed with your review ot The Winslow Boy—M. Poerio
November 18, 2013. And a special hand for that dresser -- or dressers-- who help Jefferson Mays achieve those amazing costume and make-up changes in The Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. Wish we could afford to see it again to catch all those costume switch details. --Barry Bolden and Bill Spears. November 18, 2013. I agree with your review of The Preacher and a Shrink 100%. This play was a dud.-- Brett Epstein
November 14, 2013. Saw and loved, loved, loved A Gentleman's Guid to Love & Murder. Hope you agree.-- Janis Rich, Manhattan.
November 12, 2013. Nothing about The Landing landed for us. A waste of time and without Kander's name would never have landed on any stage.-- Barbara and Paul Kinon
November 8, 2013. I've always enjoyed Beth Henley's wild characters and The Jacksonian was no exception. Great acting indeed!-- Annalee Gables
November 8, 2013. I like good actors a well as the next theater goer. But No one in The Jacksonian could redeem Bet Henley's awful script for me. -- name withheld
November 9, 2013. About your review of Murder for 2. Saw it and loved every second of this fast paced hilarious show. I enjoyed the writers playfully mashing together this murder mystery Marx Brothers style musical. Taking it over the top is how I felt included in the joke. Will definitely see it again. A.Soccer
October 31. I agree with your review of Betrayal but about that bravo for the No Late Seating warning. I heeded the warning and took my seat in plenty of time for the announced start time -- only to sit their waiting as usual for the curtain to rise about 10 minutes after the announced start time-- actually, a bit longer than that. Boo, to that. Oh, well, it WAS worth the wait. Jared Tashman.
October 30. Maybe you have to be Jewish to love Becoming Dr. Ruth-- but I did, and I'm not. Betsy Ryan, Bronx.
October 30. I think Good Person of Szechwan is enough of a production to move to Broadway-- it's surely better than must shows there now. Ditto the Public's Fun Home though that may be too special for such a move. Betty and Al Keegan, Brooklyn.
October 28. Loved The Other Place. Loved Mary-Louise Parker in Proof and Hedda Gabler (really). Enjoyed Evan Jonigkeit in High. Nevertheless, I found this play mediocre. Harley Granville Barker did a much better job a century ago in The Voysey Inheritance.Heck, if I someone asked for a decent play referencing geese, I’d recommend Dreams of Flying/Dreams of Falling. Nat Kramer, voicing a disagreement with our somewhat more favorable (if not a rave) review of The Snow Geese.
October 27. Overall - Right on the money. Patrick Page - Yup. John Douglas Thompson - Definitely. A play as good as Twelve Angry Men comes along only once in a very long time. I thought A Time to Kill was in the same ballpark as the theatrical version of A Few Good Men (1989-90) and the most recent revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (2005-06). Nat Kramer, on our review of A Time to Kill.
October 26. I think your review is spot on. MPoerio, about our review of The Model Apartment, which was counter to most by the critical community. < br>
October 26. What was the Times critic thinking off in his bouque to Margulies' inauthentic The Model Apartment. As a child of a Holocaust survivor I found this play disturbing-- not because it successfully established a mood but because it came off as inauthentic.-- name withheld.
October 26.I agree with your review of The Model Apartment and hope that the positive reviews elsewhere won't send this to Broadway. -- M. Beck, NYC
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