And while I am the director of the current Ghostlight show, Im perfectly fine with the fact that Larry Laneer didnt like The Man from Earth (Performing Arts, Earth to Earth, Oct. 26, Gazette).
Ive done theater long enough to not get riled by one persons negative opinion of my work. However I do get riled when, after the promise of not revealing the shows ending, important revelations of my show are published. His disclosures may have lacked arrows and flashing lights, but it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out that in the course of his review, Mr. Laneer ruined three revelations of my show for the potential audience member.
My understanding of a reviewers job is to give his or her opinion of the show, not ruin the experience for anyone else who decides to see it. Would you publish spoilers for major motion pictures? Novels? I imagine more respect would be given to a Jackie Collins TV miniseries.
Local theaters are competing for the ever-elusive entertainment dollar in Oklahoma City. We arent asking for journalistic cheerleaders. No journalist has to like everything we do, but they do have a responsibility to provide journalistic excellence to their readers.
Furthermore, our hard work deserves journalistic respect: Dont spoil the plot, dont ruin climatic moments. Tell your readers what you thought of the performances and leave the rest for them to discover on their own.
For the record, this is not the first time one of my projects has experienced the Laneer spoiler. In 2009, while performing in Ghostlights Fat Pig, a major climatic moment was ruined for potential theatergoers. My character delivered a heart-wrenching monologue about her willingness to undergo massive surgery in order to change for the man she loves. It was a climactic moment meant to shock the audience and make them think. It was an important moment in the show, but its impact was lessened for readers of Mr. Laneers review.
Perhaps in the future, we can all reach a level of mutual respect.
Ill respect your right to dislike my work if youll respect my right to protect the work I do.
Carrizales is an actress and director.
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