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To TheaterGoer and 8844:

Theater critics from the Star News are partially responsible for the level of amateurism in local theater productions. Nearly every review is positive. The critics bend over backwards to keep from hurting the feelings of some "local," who is under the influence of delusions of theatrical grandeur.

In a recent musical, an actor was praised for his "outstanding performance." The actor's singing voice was the kind you hear in high school productions--thin and without texture.

Theater in Wilmington is sometimes good, but often it is bad, and when it's bad the critics have an obligation to serve the theater public by stating the flaws in unambiguous language.

Local theater has needed new blood for some time now. I, for one, will welcome a new artistic director.

I would also welcome critics who are not afraid to be critical.

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