Volume 95, Issue 40

Tuesday, November 13, 2001
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Local theatre: calisthenics for your mind

SSSC: a bunch of goofballs

Resignation call is unwarranted and premature

Local theatre: calisthenics for your mind

Re: "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern too much for cast to handle," Nov. 7

To the Editor:

Had this article actually contained any theatre expertise that shone through its exceedingly bad craftsmanship and grammar, I would have had no complaint regarding the content of the article itself – chacun soi, right?

However, Dale Wyatt's response was simply ignorant, uninformed and, as he himself stated, confused. As a reviewer, he owes it to his reader to have at least a nominal understanding of his subject.

Every badly constructed sentence of his article proved otherwise. His review lacked any tangible description of the play itself, other than a vague reference to fight scenes performed by "various performers."

It was also deficient in its understanding of theatre and the way in which a witty play is constructed for line delivery. Admittedly, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was designed for an intelligent audience.

However, I would like to think the director was correct in assuming the audience would have the presence of mind to follow an onstage conversation.

As a theatregoer, I was happy to know that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern was not a play where you could "simply relax and enjoy quality theatre," but rather enjoy quality theatre while exercising your mind.

Couched in ambiguous descriptions, facetious comments and grammatically offensive constructs, the reviewer demonstrates what seems like ineptitude both as a critic and a writer.

At this point, I feel it is pertinent to note I was alerted to the article by a professor who actually used the article in his class as an example of how not to write.

The critic seemed to have missed the point of the entire play, as is particularly demonstrated in his parting comments that one should "brush up on [one's] knowledge of Hamlet before attempting this play."

Luckily – to borrow an expression from the reviewer – the article was like a boring movie and you could simply change the 'channel.'

Michelle Witen

Scholars' Electives III

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