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A better class of critic

Critics have been getting it in the neck again from playwrights. But they are not the uncreative dolts of caricature, argues critic and writer David Nathan

By David Nathan   January 2000

Critics are entitled to a better class of criticism than the pathetic stuff they are getting these days from disgruntled dramatists. Snoo Wilson told Radio 4 that the bad reviews of his cumbersome play, Moonshine, at the Hampstead Theatre were caused by the critics’ hostility to the Hampstead management; any play there, he said, would have been given the same treatment.

In his book, Acting Up (Faber ?9.99), David Hare says that the critics praised Via Dolorosa to compensate for the horrible things they said about his previous play, The Judas Kiss. “Critics always balance their review of a current…

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