Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More righteous playwright wrath

More on the most annoying review of my adaptation of Jane Eyre.

I've made it clear that the reviewer's understanding of my play is based entirely on other adaptations, not on the book. Which is why the last paragraph of her review is especially galling:

It is best for fans of Bronte's novel to stick to the book, as even the best of actors cannot replace the beauty that is to be found in there. McClernan makes a valiant effort in transplanting the sprawling work to the confines of the stage, but in the end, as our high school teachers always said, it's best just to read the book.

Hey Freeman - WHY DON'T YOU READ THE BOOK??????

Oh yes, and fuck your high school teachers - MY high school teachers never said any such thing.

But this isn't just a case of someone who demonstrably has NOT read the book giving such advice. This is an alleged THEATRE CRITIC saying in effect don't go to see theatre.