But there is really no excuse for this behaviour by at the Cleveland Playhouse:
Artistic Director Michael Bloom, inspired by an unfavorable review Brown had written of the play and his direction, spied Brown in the back row of the theater, hurried down the aisle and ran the critic down in the lobby, where he passionately delivered an intimate and unrestrained critique of the review.
Accounts of the exchange differ. Brown says Bloom gripped his
hand and wouldn't let go, cursed him loudly in a threatening way and then pounded him overly hard on the back as he left.
Bloom, calling the incident "unfortunate," declined to dissect it but described his parting gesture as a "pat" on the back.
What seems uncontested is that the encounter was uncomfortable, unfriendly and -- to Brown at least --