Sunday, July 25, 2004

Lysa Balmer reviews the reviewer

Dear Mr. Berko,

I am not one to write letters. Especially to theater critics. I have been a working actor, choreographer, technician, etc. in the Cleveland area for a long time - and have lived through most of the self-serving critics that Cleveland had to offer, and, as a rule - have not taken much stock in what they had to say.

I would just like to say THANK YOU for your review of NINE. The Cassidy (and will it have a third name in it's new space? I'm still having a hard time not calling it the Greenbrier....) is a community theater, and you reviewed it as such. WOW. You identified it as to what it was, and gave a review that reflected that. How refreshing to have a critic respect the effort, and not use the same banal criteria that the other reviewers use for every production, regardless of the environment it is presented in.

With new admiration,
Lysa Balmer