Sunday, August 25, 2013

Chicago Theater Review Scandal

One of the areas in which the Chicago news media, including the CST,  is at its most deficient is that of local theater reviews. Basically, there has been little effort made to review local productions. Instead, the only plays that have much of a chance of getting a review are big budget productions that come directly from Broadway. Even many of those never get reviewed. The only way that a local production has a chance of getting reviewed is if a member of the local media is involved with it.

The irony of all this is that Chicago news media types, such as radio talk show hosts, are always complaining about how “uncultured” Chicagoans are. Well, these media types should get out of the building, smell the flowers and check out the local cultural offerings. However, since it is always pleasing to the egos of the elitist pigs to dump on Chicago and the people of Chicago, do not expect anything like this to happen soon, if ever.

Either the CST's so-called "theater critic" Hedy Weiss should get off her duff or the paper's management should show her out the door.  Don't hold your breath for that to happen though.

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