Monday, June 12, 2006

Fantastic Fringe!

Congratulations to all involved. What a fantastic series and (cliché
ALERT) a shining jewel in the Queen City's crown. The energy spread
pandemically throughout the city and gave people a glimpse of what our
city can be. Downtown is walk able, the venues are size appropriate and
yes it was even safe! Hope all the staff and volunteers are safe and
rested.
I noticed a few unfortunate blog posts. I don't think artists do
themselves a favor when they whine about nasty critics and you certainly
should never review your own production, no matter how screwed you think
Jackie might be... you end up looking foolish and really have no
objectivity. A wise man...bartender... once advised me to never enter
into a debate with anybody who buys ink by the barrel. Can't win... they
have the edit function. Secondly, any review is the opinion of one
person, sitting in one seat for a single performance on a day when they
may or may not have been in a good mood. The key to gleaning insight
from any critic is to note their consistencies and assertion if their
esthetic coincides with yours. Ultimately, if Tom M. doesn't like
stairwells as performance space... piss on him. I don't like his ties.
Why the Enq. paid only passing notice to the Fringe is another
problem... but CityBeat, arguably a much more significant presented
extensive and timely information throughout the Fringe. (including 3
pieces by me. I may be full of crap too, but I am consistent.) So mass
props to CityBeat and the overworked and undoubtedly under compensated
Mr. Pender.
But mostly, I send the only standing ovation I shall have given this
year (I am actually standing) to those artists who dare to put their
collective asses on the line and are fully prepared to fall on them, if
need be.
A fan
Paul Kreft

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When a critic writes a bad review, no problem. The City beat review, while negative, was at least constructive.

What Jackie D. did to us was not merely unfair but also unethical.

THAT is something we as artists have the right to complain about.

Artists should take their critical medicine, but nobody should have to lay down for borderline libel.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pender can still kiss my ass

9:24 PM  

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