I wrote a piece for Sunday’s Los Angeles Times on what it feels like for a drama critic to put himself on the line by writing a stage work:
I didn’t agree to write an opera libretto in order to become a better critic, much less to impress the artists whose work I review. But I’ve found in recent months that a good many theater professionals appear to be pleasantly surprised that I’m putting my money where my mouth is. Together with Paul Moravec and the other wonderfully gifted men and women with whom I am collaborating on the premiere of The Letter, I’m submitting myself for approval–not just from my fellow critics but from the people who read my reviews each week….
My piece has just been posted on the paper’s Web site, and you can read it by going here.