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When a review can kill a Fringe show, where’s the oversight?

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Chris Cox hits a home run:

No one reviews reviewers, there is no comeback for any disgruntled performer who feels unfairly treated by a review because the facts might not be right, because it is just a synopsis of the show, because it’s not a review. Where is the right to reply for a performer who gets reviewed by someone who is grumpy, tired, seeing their eighth show of the day in a hot room and would much rather just be having something to eat then churning out another few hundred words on something they aren’t going to enjoy, despite the hundreds of people round them having a wonderful time.

I realise reviewers have it tough and on the whole do a great job, but every now and again something slips through the net and that something can have a huge effect on someones performance, show or even career. Perhaps it’s time reviewers remember how important reviews are to the performers as well as the audience, and open up a dialogue to ensure that there is a right to reply, not from bitter performers and comics who think differently to the reviewer, but when something is obviously at odds between the performance audiences are loving and what the reviewer has written.