>Hangover from a long day at work that is, not the drink.
A lot of debate about critics at the moment – Encore has a great piece about some critics’ desire for ‘clarity’ and their blindness to metaphor and subtlety. As if to confirm this, Billington’s latest review of Love Song contains the phrase:
…when the illusory heroine cries “Death to literalism”, I began to yearn for the attentiveness to the actual that once characterised American theatre.
Gotcha! If I could make things clear I’d write an essay, not weave a play – it’s a lot easier. Eric Bentley suggests that we could do without critics here (I don’t think I’d go that far). I found this article via the Ben Ellis, Alison Croggon, George Hunka route (all goldmines for the wider picture).