Your Dan Sullivan seems to think that the cure for theatrical longevity is euthanasia ("Long-Runs: the Down Side," Nov. 10).
We all know that shows run long because they're popular, but to Judge Sullivan, this is a capital crime. His verdict in the case of an actor who has become stale and mechanical is to kill the show--rather than to replace the actor.
Unfortunately, this is all too typical of Sullivan's covert hostility toward any form of theatrical success (unless, of course, he has created the success by lavishing praise upon something obscure and unworthy).
The truth of the matter is that Sullivan has been allowed to run too long as a critic. He has become worse than stale and mechanical--he has become destructive and mean-spirited. Let's keep theater alive--and close Dan Sullivan!