FOF #2506 – When the Reviewer Gets Reviewed – 07.18.17 July 18, 2017

from Feast of Fun: Gay Talk Show· ·

With the success of Hamilton, theater companies are embracing diversity in stories, plays and casting, but some reviewers aren’t liking it – Chicago Sun Times theater critic Hedy Weiss reportedly said at a panel in 2011 “there are so many plays about race and gender that it’s sickening.” Today actor Jerome Beck joins us to take a look at the conservative backlash on diversity in theater and the role of theater critics in the age of social media and the internet.



Actor Jerome Beck (center) with Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion. Photos:
Fausto Fernós, Jerome Beck.

Actor Jerome Beck (center) with Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion. Photos: Fausto Fernós, Jerome Beck.

With the success of Hamilton, theater companies are embracing diversity in stories, plays and casting, but some reviewers aren’t liking it - Chicago Sun Times theater critic Hedy Weiss reportedly said at a panel in 2011 “there are so many plays about race and gender that it’s sickening.”

Weiss recently questioned why a play dealing with police violence didn’t also cover black on black crime, which is a tactic you’ve seen conservatives to discredit the real issue of police violence.

For the Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition, it was the last straw, so they started a petition asking theaters to make Weiss pay the ticket price if she wants to present racist, homophobic, and body shaming reviews.

Today actor Jerome Beck joins us to take a look at the conservative backlash on diversity in theater and the role of theater critics in the age of social media and the internet.

Plus,

Miley Cyrus says she “felt sexualized” while twerking onstage at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Stranger Things and RuPaul’s Drag Race sweep the Emmy nominations with 18 and 7 awards respectively.

➤ Farewell to actor Martin Landau, director George Romero and radio host Stephen Rice of Outcast Austin.