[Media] A critic is a critic, right? If you know how to blather about one thing, you know how to blather about everything. After all, it's not as though some people at this very publication don't walk more than one beat.
But here's the thing: If you're going to send a TV critic to review a local play, there's a potential price you pay in someone not knowing whereof he speaks. The retirement in December of long-time Deseret Morning News theater critic Ivan Lincoln left an opening which -- in keeping with daily newsroom practices around the country -- has thus far been filled by committee. That meant the job of reviewing Pygmalion Productions' staging of Lisa Loomer's Living Out went to D-News TV writer Scott D. Pierce. And whatever thoughts one might have about such insights as "'Living Out' will make you laugh. It might make you cry. And it will make you think", you'd hope a writer would at least know enough about his subject matter not to toss off this howler:
"([Actress Daisy] Blake struggles to maintain an accent, which is either British or upper-crust American.)"
Note: Daisy Blake is British. Welcome to covering local theater, Mr. Pierce. (Scott Renshaw)