"I'm a Genius" Syndrome - Part IIIby Keir Cutler
Theatre is a safe place to talk about unsafe things.
I’ve had different encounters with this type of audience member. My most legendary interaction was in 2007 when a woman in Winnipeg reported me to a child protection charity for performing my hit monologue “Teaching As You Like It.” She, in her solitary genius, had understood what critics and audiences in seven cities had not seen, that my theatrical monologue was “a violation” and should be condemned because it “promotes the idea that sexual predation of underage girls is acceptable.” She raised this complaint in a letter sent out after the show had closed, and I had left town.
I had a wonderful opening. The show went like a dream. People laughed at the jokes, and applauded warmly at the finish. I received two stellar reviews from opening night, one reviewer calling the play, “highly recommended.” (The play has received a total of five positive reviews overall, and so far none negative.)
Yet, someone disliked my performance opening night so much that they raced to the Internet right after the show to ensure they were the first to post on the Montreal Fringe site the following, “Shakespeare, crackpot – Unfunny, uninsightful, non-refundable. … Dull and tedious, … there is very little to see here.” This was cowardly done under the anonymous initials “BH.”
("I've loved having theatre reviews and articles to read on The Charlebois Post over the last few years and writing my own thoughts, I will miss it greatly. But good luck with your change!")