Yes, there really are puppetry critics, and yes, they apparently need defending. Today, The L Magazine came across a piece in The Brooklyn Paper written by Thurston Dooley III, who chides a children’s puppet show for – among other things – “a lackluster performance.”
Dooley notes in his piece that the child he was with didn’t even notice all the horrible things wrong with the Puppetworks performance of The Wizard of Oz, but no matter! Dooley could not sit idly by when such an “egregious sin” was happening in front of him.
Like anyone who just read an extensive article tearing apart a puppet show, the L’s writer, Henry Stewart, reached out to The Brooklyn Paper for comment. The response from Editor Gersh Kuntzman is amazing:
Comment? The story speaks for itself. Dooley is a columnist with a valid opinion. He has been to many many shows at Puppetworks and has written many raves, mild criticism, and attacks.
He is a valued member of our staff. We are, I believe, the only newspaper with a dedicated puppetry, mime and kids music reviewer. That is something to be praised, not attacked.
Take that L Magazine! And you too New York Times!