Cost of in­formed critic’s opin­ion

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Most of us who call our­selves theater crit­ics don’t make a liv­ing writ­ing such crit­i­cism [“Jeers, Cheers Over Paid Re­views,” June 21]. For me at least, the pay­off is not in hav­ing my liveli­hood de­pen­dent on my writ­ing — be­ing a col­lege teacher pro­vides for that.

Rather, I en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of theater. Writ­ing about it deep­ens that expe- ri­ence. More­over, such word-work­ing serves to mir­ror my thoughts — thoughts I want to re­flect onto oth­ers who are pas­sion­ate about this ven­er­a­ble art form. Nev­er­the­less, we pay for the opin­ion of ac­coun­tants, con­trac­tors, doc­tors and lawyers, so what’s so wrong about pay­ing for an in­formed opin­ion when it comes to a the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion?

Ben Miles Hunt­ing­ton Beach Miles is a theater critic for the Beachcomber News­pa­per in Long Beach and online at show­

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