The Belvoir Street Theatre foyer before a show is a great place to be. There is such a buzz of expectancy, as the countdown is on till we are called upstairs.
Opening nights at Belvoir make it even more special.
There was, however, one opening night, years ago, which didn’t go so well.
Actress Rachel Ward, long before she became an acclaimed film director, spotted acerbic Sydney Morning Herald theatre critic Bob Evans amongst the crowd in the foyer.
Very casually Ward went over to Evans and poured her glass of wine over him, and then walked away. I suspect Rachel did what many hard working theatre practitioners had been wanting to do to Evans for a very long time.
The craft of reviewing theatre is a pretty tricky thing. I have been a fringe theatre reviewer on the Sydney theatre scene for thirty years now. I believe that I lean much more towards being kind than scathing in my reviews. Continue reading THE CHERRY ORCHARD : A DIRECTOR LOSES HIS TOUCH