Every now and again, a director, producer or cast member of a theatre production which I am reviewing will accost me as I’m exiting the theatre after seeing the show to ask me what I thought of it. This is a tricky situation. Even if I enjoyed myself immensely, it’s hard to formulate a response instantly. And if I didn’t have a great time, it’s even harder to say it straight out to someone who’s been working so hard to get the show up and running.
I suppose the easiest way to nip the issue in the bud is to use the stock answer: “You can read all about it when my review comes out next week.” But this somehow seems a bit smug. Also, frankly, I never remember to use it when I’m caught on the spot.
The other day, a director not only asked me what I thought of the show as I was making my exit, but also added — when he didn’t quite catch my noncommittal answer to his question — “Oh good, it’ll be great to get a plug this late in the run.” Sheesh.