L.A. Theatre Center Artistic Director Bill Bushnell's curious suggestion that theater critic Dan Sullivan "take a month off" was most instructive (Calendar Letters, Jan. 10).
He goes on to pronounce Sullivan "totally out of touch with the modern theater" and defends "every director of quality (who) attacks the classics in a highly individualistic and totally contemporary style." The operative word here, of course, is attacks.
I saw the 1985 "Three Sisters" in question. It certainly was, in Bushnell's words, "startling and post-modern." Unfortunately, it wasn't even remotely close, fair, sensitive, reflective of or true to the playwright's modest intentions.
As a playwright and director, I, too, have been the subject of several of Sullivan's critical appraisals. And while I often disagreed, I was honestly impressed by his theatrical insight and critical reasoning.