Thursday, April 1, 2010

Are 2 reviews better than 1?

Today's New York Times featured a contretemps between its theatre critic and dance critic on their assessments of the new Twyla Tharp show on Broadway, Come Fly With Me.

What's so interesting about this is that it validates my belief that art inevitably provokes a wide variety of responses, and that the role of the critic is not that of Consumer Reports!

It reminds me of a famous Koren cartoon in The New Yorker back in the 1970s in which an audience member during a performance taps the critic in front of him and asks "Excuse me, is it good?"

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