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June 4, 1991 | SHEILA BENSON, CRITIC AT LARGE
There was a complaint on these pages recently about the perceived power of a critic to close a show. More than anything, what it reinforced was the fact that the world of criticism seems absolutely mysterious from the outside, full of caprice, power, vendettas and "bad days." Those who work in the field see it in an utterly opposite light, as a challenge, a calling, an ongoing education or, just occasionally, as an admittedly strange way for an adult to occupy himself or herself full time.
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June 4, 1991 | SHEILA BENSON, CRITIC AT LARGE
There was a complaint on these pages recently about the perceived power of a critic to close a show. More than anything, what it reinforced was the fact that the world of criticism seems absolutely mysterious from the outside, full of caprice, power, vendettas and "bad days." Those who work in the field see it in an utterly opposite light, as a challenge, a calling, an ongoing education or, just occasionally, as an admittedly strange way for an adult to occupy himself or herself full time.
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July 1, 1991 | TOM BRADLEY, Bradley is mayor of Los Angeles.
I was pleasantly surprised to see two recent stories in Calendar about arts criticism. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new discussion about arts and theater criticism in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is a great theater town, offering productions ranging from large-scale musicals to intimate Equity-waiver plays. But many people don't have an inkling of how much quality theater is produced here.
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