To the editors:
I was sitting in a bar the other night, and someone said to me, "Did I read the slam review of the Goodman Theatre's new show Book of the Night in Lewis Lazare's column [July 5]?" Well, the first thing that came to mind was that, I knew old Lewis was Chicago's very own Hedda Hopper, and now he's become a critic as well? I was so excited, because that meant that anyone could become a critic, so I thought that even I could become one. After all, I have actually done quite a lot of theater, and I have actually worked on my share of new and original scripts, so, why not me? And here it is.
I thought that Book of the Night was wonderful. The music, the staging, the directing, the lyrics, were exceptional. I haven't seen a cast that worked so well together in 100 minutes in a very long time. Everyone did a great job. I'm not saying that it was perfect (what ever is), but it is damn good! What was even more impressive was the fact that here is a theater, the Goodman, one of the largest in the midwest, actually having the guts to take a chance. Giving money to develop new work and giving it the chance to live on a stage. To me that is the greatest accomplishment any theater can achieve. And we definitely need more of that from the larger theaters. I would like to say that I think everyone that supports theater should go and support this new and innovative show, because that is what theater is all about--creating, developing, watching the growth of the "new."
That is my review, short and sweet, but I do have one other thing to say. . . . Lewis Lazare. . . . get over yourself buddy.