Critical Mess

Critical Mess

You all know the situation: The show’s been great to rehearse, the cast is doing a stellar job, all the design departments are working well together, and the director is the epitome of a benign despot. You start previews, and the audience is with the production from the get-go. The laughs and the pin-drop silences are all in the right places, and the applause at curtain down is long and heartfelt and, more often than not, delivered by a standing house. You’re looking forward to a

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