Sunday, May 19, 2013

Theatre quote of the day for Sunday, May 19, 2013

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"People have pointed out evidences of personal feeling in my notices as if they were accusing me of a misdemeanor, not knowing that criticism written without personal feeling is not worth reading. It is the capacity for making good or bad art a personal matter that makes a man a critic." - George Bernard Shaw

I might add, as both a performer and critic, that one also needs to capacity to distinguish between one's personal preferences and artistic merit.  There plays, musical works, and performances that I might like while recognizing that they don't have a lot of artistic merit and others that I might recognize as Great Art even if they're not to my taste.

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