What I’ve discovered through my repeat visits may surprise you: I don’t always agree with myself.
Charles McNulty, theatre critic for the Los Angeles Times wrote a piece this week where he admits to changing his mind about plays he’s seen on multiple occassions.
And why shouldn’t his opinion change? The arts are so subjective. How we feel on a certain day, the level of our expectation, what distractions are going on in our lives, all of these things affect our impressions.
I wish more critics would acknowledge this in their reviews. Yes it’s a critic’s job to be objective, but I don’t think the arts can be viewed 100% subjective free. Because then they’re being reviewed by robots, are they not?
It’s ridiculous to think that a view point, whether it be about a play or politics, or another person stays static. Life is not static, human beings are not static, although some would surely like to be. It’s always amazing to me how far out of the way people are willing to go to instill that nothing changes in their life. And I’m equally amazed by those who embrace change so freely and willingly.
I had such high, high expectations for Spring Awakening, that when it didn’t meet those expectations the whole experience was loathsome and hateful for me. It would be interesting to see the show again – what would my experience be under different circumstances?