My review stated my interpretation or perception of the show. This is how it works "as far as I can tell". I was misinformed regarding the payment of actors and crew, but I stand by the rest of my statements, and I feel that I, like any theatre goer or art viewer, should be allowed to have an opinion of the art I've viewed, and should feel free to share this opinion publicly.
You'll notice that my review, however harsh or misinformed, has a few virtues that the comments on it lack. First, I own up to my opinions by putting my name on it. Second, my review does not contain personal insults or ad hominem attacks. Third, I've read more than one book and I know what I'm talking about (who was it that said "no one would dare call Shakespeare deadly?" Do you not realize that Peter Brook first coined the term in reference to Shakespeare and that your ignorant absolutist defense of Shakespeare supports the contention that he's deadly?)
I think polite silence stunts the growth of an artistic community, especially when the public silence is there to protect such highly defensive reactionaries from honest criticism. If you read further on my blog I hope you will see that I review most shows that I see and I see as many shows as I can. I think frank critical responses are an important part of a mature theatre scene, and hope to see more of them in this city.
This city's theatre community (indeed this nation's theatre community) needs to stop being stunted in this way. Milwaukee is suffering a dearth of challenging, immediate, rough theatre so deep that even the Journal Sentinel had to point it out last season. I have no further agenda than sharing my opinion and encouraging more people to share their opinions, preferably with author attribution and without ad hominem attacks, but I'll take what i can get (by the way, thank you guys for the feedback on Cracks in the Floor).
I have no greater desire than to make good theatre in a mature theatre community, even if I have to help thicken some skins to achieve that community. Perhaps I'll regret attempting such a thing in Milwaukee, but I'm not done trying yet.