I've been asked whether I have "different standards" for reviewing nonprofessional theater. This is a legitimate query -- I've seen well-credentialed Equity folks chew scenery with gusto while young or collegiate performers display an ease that the laureled would envy. And I've seen the widest range of abilities in small or nonprofessional theater groups, which are among the few organizations that bring a wide range of people together and provide a safe outlet for those with strong personalities. Ideally there is accountability at every level and a competent and sensitive director gives amateurs a chance to do their best with dignity. And a graceful text can give the most nervous or fledgling actor something to hang onto. But what happens when the... More >>>