Work in the theatre? A poll: Do you read reviews of your work?
I followed with interest the blogging of Jane Fonda earlier this year. She was rehearsing and appearing in 33 Variations on Broadway at the time. She wrote a post To Read or Not to Read – the reviews, that is – and it emerged that she was advised be her friend, fellow actor Christine Lahti not to read them, at least until after the season was over. The post and the comments make for good reading – as does the whole blog of the process. She wrote
This will be hard for me. My curiousity may get the better of me. Yet I can imagine that if a reviewer really likes or really hates something I do, it has the potential to change my performance a little. Something to think about between now and a week from now. I’ll let you know what I decide…maybe.
She turned out to be as good as her word, and read them when the show closed.
I thought it was time to see what the general consensus is, so here’s a poll which we’ll keep open for a couple of weeks. Have your say!