Not too long ago I received an e-mail query from someone who asked why I have so often use the same phrase -- "despite the limitations" -- in reviews of community-theater offerings. The answer is simple: A reviewer takes no satisfaction in criticizing those who are working for free and trying their hardest against sometimes insurmountable budgetary and time constraints. Perhaps "despite the limitations" has become a code phrase to gloss over shortcomings. If quality is lacking in a community-theater production, we try not to jump all over it; if quality is present, we want to go out of our way... More >>>