I've read more simplistic, dull and general CP reviews than this one but they all happened to be positive ones. However you never hear anyone complain about those. It seems this reviewer actually had the 'nerve' to give specific actors a negative review by name (gasp!) and that is upsetting.
Look, if you are an artist and can't handle a bad review or two, then you shouldn't be in the theatre world which is full of rejection and criticism. The woman is entitled to her opinion and she gave it based on the performance she saw. Writing back as a cast member and saying she was wrong...how do you know? You're on stage and not in the audience. It's a totally different and unbiased perspective.
Although its hard to be unbiased with someone pointing out before the show how hard the cast worked and that they are volunteers and have day jobs. That's making an apology for what you are about to see and it sets the cast up for even more scrutiny....which is probably why this reviewer was tougher.
I saw Camelot and agree with some of what the reviewer says but not all of it. What did she say that was so horrible anyway? That she thought a couple of the actors didn't interpret their characters strongly enough? That the orchestra was off and the music was kind of a mess? That is hardly a scathing review. Let it go.
And calling her writing 'superficial' and her a 'hack'? She's writing for City Paper not the New York Times. The general public doesn't want an in depth analysis of the show. They want to know if it is worth their money and entertaining. She served that purpose well.
Kudos to the cast of Camelot for a good performance. I enjoyed it for the most part. And thank you to the reviewer who wasn't afraid t give some specific criticisms.
My name is Danita Cole and I am an Artist and member of a family that lives below the poverty line since an accident that left my child disabled and me unemployed. My artwork has often been the only way I've been able to feed my child. Because I believe in the importance of beauty of our world, and equality, I put on a tactile exhibit at the main library for the blind. With the help of my friends, Sherry Browne and Marty Biernbaum, we created a "Please Touch" exhibit that allowed equal access to normally 'hands off' artwork so that work could be experienced via touch for those without sight. Three pieces from our exhibit were stolen during this theft, two were mine. A small price to pay for the cause if you ask me. This is the first time an exhibit has been devoted to the blind. So in response to Ron Libertes' quip, know this; I went without to put this exhibit on. Even though I have suffered horrifying racial inequalities both in civic and economic forums, as well as discrimination against my blind child, we still put this up. No more than a sunrise or beautiful flower can irradicate the worlds problems, beautiful artwork and artists can create a moment of beauty, and like a sunrise, create a respite from the ugliness we inflict on each other in the name of our ego. Without these things, we would be thrown into a pit of darkness and despair. So, please, Mr. Ron Liberte, tread lightly in this world, for you cannot know all the details of a life to judge without prejudice. www.danitacole.com
Seems kinda pricey for flea market britches. Fucking hipsters!!
soooo thrilled for all of you!! continued success!!! Love , Carolina
Camela is exceptionally cool (and talented). Bravo.
As a member of the cast of Camelot, I appreciate the more objective review from "Arterial." It is unfortunate, indeed, that an individual that is an anonymous commenter provides a better assessment of the show than the reviewer.
This "writer" is a hack. City Paper should be ashamed to give her a platform. I have never read any "review" by her that mentions anything more than superficial observations about the play she is watching. Her comment about how she understands how hard it was to put on a musical because she did it in high school is an insult to all artist and shows her shallow understanding of live theatre. I could go on but hey...at least she had costume envy. Do you understand depth of character? Theme? If you do why not prove it in your next review.
Thanks, Erica. Just added a scan of "Flame Nebula," which is still at large.
It would help to see photographs of the stolen artwork so someone isn't inadvertently purchasing stolen goods.
I'm sorry but this women clearly has no understanding of either the character of Lancelot OR Aurthurs as characterized in either "the once and future king" or the Musical. Maybe she's more of a fan of 1998 cartoon. Lancelots abrupt change is essential to the dramatic element of the play.
Will his bond be higher than Thomas Ravenel's recent polo-laden Hamptons D.U.I. takedown?
I'm so glad he was an idiot! They only caught him because the security footage was clearer when he came back for more. And I'm even gladder to get some of my paintings back, at least! Police say they have a lead on the rest of them... Flame Nebula is still missing, though, so please keep an eye out for random space paintings being sold somewhere seedy.
Wow! Love to know why he thought that was a good idea. Glad at least some of the artists' work has been recovered.
"we artist are giving a gift of making this ugly world more beautiful"
And doing it so humbly too.
Despite all your artistic gifts, there are still real problems in the world. Can your "beautiful" paintings feed a family living below the poverty line or reduce racial inequalities in civics and economics?
I just don't understand how some people think! What is he doing decorating his place by stealing original artwork from the library? I hope they catch this sorry person and punish him accordingly.
Sounds like it could be worth a look with a little more doctoring..
Do they not make a picture holder that has the mounting wire fit through a "holder" that will sound off if the picture is removed from it? It could be very simple, with a pressure switch that is held "off" by the weight of the picture, and goes off with a siren when the picture is touched? I'll buy the first one if they are on the market. And I hope the thief is given a substantial prison sentence for his efforts. What a piece of horse squeeze!
It's wonderful that PURE is finally working regularly with a set designer. I know their mantra was kamikaze theatre and actor only oriented, but a good set design is so visually stimulating and adds so very much to a production.
I had a 3x3 painting and a small uncle fester stolen from black chart .I had a painting stolen from vickery,s downtown,the mill ,urban outfitters,and an attempt made at joe rylie stadium.People need to understand that we artist are giving a gift of making this ugly world more beautiful .Theft of our hard work is not only a violation on us,but it is sad statement on mankind. This can hurt more people than just the artist loosing thier personal belongings.This is a violation on the community.
I still miss every one of those paintings.P hyman
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