Some people make model trains sets for fun. Some people create software. Some people knit. I write this blog. This is my hobby – or, rather, the record of my hobby, which is going to the theater.
I’m a theater crazed American ex-pat living in London. I try to catch a show a week. I also like to see art, dance, good movies, and cultural events of all sorts. I don’t own a TV – there’s too much other stuff going on to watch it. I tend to not see the big movies, either – just bizarre ones at the BFI. And I like to go into a show not knowing anything about it (if possible) – I want it to be a surprise and to have no preconceptions. I try to write my reviews to not give away spoilers, or to warn if I’m going to, so you can enjoy your own surprise at the theater. I also don’t give shows star ratings.
This blog include reviews of all sorts of things – theater, dance, art, movies, exhibits – depending on what I feel like writing about and how much time I have to write. I also put in information about good deals on shows I think are worth catching. I feel the cost of theater is what keeps a lot of people from going and I want everyone and anyone to feel like they can afford to attend, even if doesn’t mean watching from the stalls.
Unfortunately time is always a bit of a limitation on my writing – once I get at around a thousand words I usually run out of steam, and sometimes write even less because I just don’t have an hour to spend cooking up a comprehensive review. Still, I get excited when I see my work mentioned online, such as in Time Out.
I get an average of 1800 hits a week on my blog (around 7000 a month for the last year) so people who love theater (and affordability) are coming to my site. If this is you, welcome! I hope you find my advice useful. I have no ads and do this strictly as a labor of love. If you, however, are representing a theater, feel free to contact me (by responding to this post) about seeing your show. I usually need a month’s advance notice to get something into my schedule. Just be warned that I’m as likely to post negative things as positive about your production, and if you give me comps, you understand this is not a “you scratch my back, I scratch yours” proposition. If I accept your invitation, I will come to your show, stay until the end, and write a review. Of course, if I buy my own ticket, I’ll leave if I want to, print whatever I want whenever I want to, or just ignore it.
By the way, rude comments, whether aimed at me or other people who have commented on this blog, simply won’t get published. Please stick to the tone you would use in dealing with someone who is standing in front of your face and is likely to show up at a dinner party you’ll be at next week. Disagreement is fine but name calling and being rude is just unacceptable. And if you post using an email that doesn’t work, I am likely to not post your comment. You should be able to stand up to what you’ve said, just like I do.