"The storied St.Bart's Playhouse in NYC"? You mean the amateur group (The St Bart's Players) that stage productions in an Episcopal church? They're really good. They should be; they have a huge talent pool to tap into in NYC. As great as they are, they're also humble enough to realize that they're only small fish in a large pond compared to all of the other theater in that town.
This is Wilmington, which is essentially a small coastal Carolina city. No one expects it to have the same production qualities as those found in large urban environments because you'll never have the available talent pool. Even a good artistic director can only do so much with what's available. Wilmingtonians are OK with that. Many of us though are not OK with some of you pretending that it's more than what it is. You're getting caught up in your own hype.
The "storied" St Bart's Playhouse would never, ever refer to themselves in that manner. Some of you, in an effort to make yourselves feel more important here, would say stuff like that, but they never would themselves. Even though they are infinitely more talented, they would find that to be the height of pretension. It's time some of you learned a lesson from St Bart's and stopped being pretentious here. Keep pretending to be more than what you are and you'll just wind up making fools of yourselves (if you haven't done that already).
I'd rather be respected for not being perfect but having tried my best, than to have pretended I was much better than I really was. Do the latter, and others will accurately assess you as a jackass.
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