But Sinan Unel, the playwright who wrote Cry of the Reed, which premiered at the Huntington Theatre last month, started a blog that basically was created for the purpose of gathering audience feedback in defense of a bad review received from the Globe.
Here is the introduction from his blog:
My play, THE CRY OF THE REED, opened at The Huntington Theater in Boston on April 9th, 2008. Two days after the opening, a review, which can only be described as vicious and personal, appeared in the Boston Globe.
Audiences continue to fill the house. For the most part, they're enthralled by the play's intelligence, emotional range, and its compelling plot. Many of us are mystified by this review. Some ask: did this reviewer see the same play that I just saw? Others stop actors after a performance or on the street and talk about how frustrated they are by the media and how they discourage people from going to the theater. Two ladies told me: We read the review and almost didn't come - but we're so glad we did!
There is certainly a disconnect between the audience's experience and what these reviewers wrote.
The play is certainly controversial. It touches on some uncomfortable themes: religion, faith, atheism, mortality, sexuality. Perhaps it's not surprising that some are angered by it while others find it fascinating.
I've created this blog as a forum for audience members (or those who've read the script) to post their thoughts. An audience's reaction, after all, is much more significant than the narrow views of a few critics.
(Hat tip to Todd at the Huntington Blog.)