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The critic on the hearth

La Cieca’s looking for a few good commenters to join the exalted ranks of parterre reviewers of new CD and DVD releases. Care to apply? Read on after the jump.

If you feel you are up to reviewing an average of one new release per month, and you can realistically promise a one-week turnaround on reviews (e.g., you receive the disc on a Monday and you email a review by the following Monday), then let your presence be known by the following procedure:

Write a review of 300-500 words of a recent CD or DVD purchase. It doesn’t have to be a brand new release, but it will help if it’s not something that’s been reviewed to death already (the Decca/Solti Ring, for example). Email the review to lacieca@parterre.com and La Cieca will take it from there. Please include in your email your username at parterre so La Cieca can byline the review properly if she decides to publish it.

If you’re chosen to be a reviewer, La Cieca will send on a new release for you to write about, again with the reminder that a one-week turnaround is optimum.

La Cieca also solicits reviews of “local” (outside New York) live perfomances.

3 comments

  • perfidia says:

    I love that movie: Eve: “Get out” Addison: “You’re too short for that gesture. Besides, it went out with Mrs. Fiske.” or “You have a point, an idotic one but a point.”

    • Talk of the Town says:

      I think we all love that movie. A great diva moment every five minutes.

      Funny business, a woman’s career -- the things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you’ll need them again when you get back to being a woman. That’s one career all females have in common, whether we like it or not: being a woman. Sooner or later, we’ve got to work at it, no matter how many other careers we’ve had or wanted. And in the last analysis, nothing’s any good unless you can look up just before dinner or turn around in bed, and there he is. Without that, you’re not a woman. You’re something with a French provincial office or a book full of clippings, but you’re not a woman. Slow curtain, the end.

      And in re some critics:

      The Theatuh, the Theatuh -- what book of rules says the Theater exists only within some ugly buildings crowded into one square mile of New York City? Or London, Paris or Vienna? Listen, junior. And learn. Want to know what the Theater is? A flea circus. Also opera. Also rodeos, carnivals, ballets, Indian tribal dances, Punch and Judy, a one-man band -- all Theater. Wherever there’s magic and make-believe and an audience -- there’s Theater. Donald Duck, Ibsen, and The Lone Ranger, Sarah Bernhardt, Poodles Hanneford, Lunt and Fontanne, Betty Grable, Rex and Wild, and Eleanora Duse. You don’t understand them all, you don’t like them all, why should you? The Theater’s for everybody -- you included, but not exclusively -- so don’t approve or disapprove. It may not be your Theater, but it’s Theater for somebody, somewhere.