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Hi. I am larry stark from The Theater Mirror, and we need your help.

Specifically, we need names and addresses of REVIEWERS in your area, whether for newspapers, t-v, radio, magazines, or even on the Internet like myself.

Last year a number of reviewers here surprised Boston by voting a series of awards (best production, director, actor, actress... that kind of thing) and centering our attention on the under-publicized smaller theatres neglected by the major critical voices in the city --- based loosely on the Obie Awards.

This year we'd like to expand this into what we'd like to call the:

Independent Reviewers of New England

Trouble is, we've had difficulty FINDING other reviewers in other cities in the six New England states. So, who reviews your shows? Please send us names and addresses so we can contact them and send them explanations and solicit from them nominations of the good work you and your colleages are doing. (We were egged on in this expansion by PROSCENiUM Magazine/Programs, and we expect they'll give the "IRNE" Awards some added publicity.)

So please e-mail me names and addresses of any reviewers you know of, in your area or wherever in New England. The year's end grows on apace, don'tchaknow....

( a k a larry stark of THE THEATER MIRROR )

Last night (okay, the morning of 21 October) the above letter was sent to the e-mail addresses of the 90-odd theatres in The Mirror's links-list of theater web-sites in New England. If you didn't get a copy, you can still answer the question and help make an Independent Reviewers of New England award for excellent theatrical work in your area a reality.
I will archive all responses in a Reviewers in N.E. archive. Reviewers will be contacted by snail-mail or e-mail with ballots and explanations just as soon as we know who the heck they are!


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Subject: Re: review to post
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 1998 04:01:55 -0500 (EST)
From: Angel

Yes, I got your mail about the IRNE's and I'll be happy to participate in voting. I'm not sure what else you are asking of us. I haven't been to even half as many shows as you in the past year, though. Also, I don't think you've seen any of the ones I've been to, and the other reviewers are also so spread out that I imagine getting much agreement amongst reviewers is going to be very difficult. I don't understand how you are going to cover the areas outside Boston anyhow. When you have any more info on the details of how it will work, let us know.

Subject: Re: I.R.N.E and the "Earnies"...because they're EARNED!
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 19:15:00 -0500
From: Don Gillis

Okay, thanks Larry. I have not seen too many plays, just what I have sent you plus a couple I did not wish to review. But I think that Rhode Island should be in the running , so I will pursue soon as I digest this process.

Subject: Re: Help us find reviewers!
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 09:59:24 EST

Sylvia Ciufetti at The Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise
David Goldberg At The Worcester Telegram
Ken Happe at Worcester Magazine

Subject: Dorset Theatre Festival Reviewers
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 16:52:12 -0500
From: Peggi Simmons
Hi, Larry:
Jill Charles, creative director at the Dorset Theatre Festival (Dorset, VT), sent along your request for names/addresses of DTF’s reviewers to us, as their Press Representatives, for response. Following are our regular (meaning attending every or several productions) reviewers…while most of the papers remain the same, the individual reviewers change yearly. No name below indicates reviewer is assigned for the season and changes each season.

1) Ed Barna (Rutland Herald), 80 Park Street, Brandon, VT 05733-1149
2) Bob Rose (Glens Falls, NY Post-Star), 55 Williams Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12801
3) Robert Couture (WAMC Radio, Albany, NY), RR 2, Box 1610, Arlington, VT 05250
4) Granville Sentinel/Free Press, Box 330, Granville, NY 12832
5) Pat Huffman (Greenwich Jrnl/Salem Press), 1 Hill Street, Greenwich, NY 12834
6) Manchester Journal, PO Box 569, Manchester Ctr, VT 05255
7) David Lewis (Vermont News-Guide), PO Box 373, Manchester, VT 05254
8) Jeffrey Borak (A & E Editor, Berkshire Eagle), 75 So. Church Street, Pittsfield, MA 01202
9) Dan Wolfe (Burlington Free Press), Box 752, Shelburne, VT 05482 - usually does 1 production per season
10) Lauryn Axelrod (Arts Editor, Bennington Banner), 425 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201
11) Don Metivier (Lake George Journal & WCKN, Glens Falls), 11 Wait Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801

Subject: Re: Help us find reviewers!
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 11:40:25 -0500
From: OP
Hey there,
Here's a few names from Middletown, CT.
Richard Kamins- c/o 15 Hemlock PL, Middletown CT 06457 (Middletown Press)
Bob Cummings- c/o CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society, PO Box 2152, Middletown, CT 06457
Jim Bransfield- c/o Blue Prints Middletown High School, Hunting Hill Ave Middletown CT
Hope This is helpful
--ben Michael

Subject: Re: Announcement
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 23:44:39 EST
Thanks for the posting, Larry!
I see that you are searching for reviewers. I have extensive experience writing both preview articles and reviews of Portsmouth area productions, for the Portsmouth Herald and Portfolio Magazine. I can e-mail or fax copies of my articles and reviews if you like.
John Geoffrion

Subject: Re: The Independent Reviewers of New England need your help
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 13:54:10 EST
Dear Anon.:
Actually, I am a reviewer myself, weekly, of theater and music events for the Shelburne News in Shelburne VT (near Burlington). I do VT reviewing, as well as the opera in Montréal and the Centaur Theatre, which is English-language and the Saidye Bronfman Theatre, which is English and Yiddish. I also am a correspondent for The Burlington Free Press ( a Gannett paper). The Freep also has Sharry Underwood for dance and sometimes theater, Seven Days has Eric Eckilsen on a sometime basis, and Vox probably has a reviewer, but I don't know who that is presently. Then there is Jim Lowe in Barre/Montpelier, who is a fine critic.
I review weekly at all levels of the theater and music world. I work 50 weeks a year, and try to see as much as I can every week, sometimes five performances per week, of both local and one-time performances. Have been at it for 6 yrs.
An explanation for greater readership possibilities might be in order. Maybe you could explain when you have a moment. Thanks.
Dan Wolfe

Subject: Re: the Independent Reviewers of New England need your help
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 11:22:43 -0500
From: (Bill Menezes)
What a good idea. The Keene, NH/Brattleboro, VT area has very few theater reviewers, all are really stringers; I have been reviewing theater in the So. Vermont and sometimes So. Eastern NH (but none at Keene State where I work) for 10 years. My primary paper is the Brattleboro Reformer, but sometimes I write for other publications.
You can reach me here at work, address below or at home, 237 Camp Arden Rd., Brattleboro VT 05301, 802-257-9557
Other reveiwers are Jim Kates, Dunton Rd., Fitzwilliam, NH 03447; and Frank Behrens, 145 Concord Rd., Keene, NH 03431
Specifically, we need names and addresses of REVIEWERS in your area,
>whether for newspapers, t-v, radio, magazines, or even on the Internet
>like myself.

Bill Menezes,
Acting Director
Arts Center on Brickyard Pond
Keene State College
Keene, NH 03435-2401
603-358-2167 fax 603-358-2145

Subject: reviewers
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 1998 00:19:08 EDT
In Lewiston/Auburn, Maine the reviewer is Dan Marois for the Lewiston Sun Journal. Having been involved with theatre (mainly community) since 1960 in NYS and ME. I have read many reviewers and find Mr. Marois especially bright. He writes intelligently and truthfully with constructive criticism. Keep up the good work and interesting copy on your site.

Subject: Reviewers
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 1998 19:10:56 -0400
From: Nancy Curran Willis
Hi Larry . . .
Just read your request for reviewers in the New England area. I'd like to recommend Ken Happe who does theater reviews for Worcester Magazine. He's an extremely intelligent critic and a very fine actor as well. His email address is: I'm copying him on this email so he knows what I'm getting him in to! Hope all is well with you.
Nancy Curran Willis

Subject: Re: Joe, can you help us find more reviewers?!?!?
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 1998 11:22:18 EDT
I'll have to poke thru my files (which are currently in several boxes, I've recently moved) and get back to you. I'll also check with the local papers when I get a chance and see who's covering what.
You might also want to contact Angel ( of Sceneplay (, a website that primarily does reviews and covers theater in NH and southern Massachusetts/Boston area.
Sounds like a good idea, please keep me posted on what's happening with it.
Joseph McCarthy
The NH Green Room

Subject: Re: Independent Reviewers of New England
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 17:37:22 -0400
From: "Kenneth Happe"
Hi!Ken Happe here. Got your letter.
I've been reviewing shows for about 20 years for Worcester Magazine and for about 6 years on and off have done a weekly tlkshow reviewing plays on a local cable access station that was aired in three town in Worc/ county. I'll send you some of my stuff in a day or so and see if you really want me. I see from 70-100 shows a year: pro, semi-pro,commnity, college - I don't do kids is in my contract. Nowayds (Im 60) I also doont got to see Odd Couple or annie or Oliver ever again - I also don't type very well. And even tho I see a lot I didn't see all your nominees: Here's what I did see on our list: Game of Love and chance, Company, Will rogers (which amazed me),How the Other Half - that's all.
I'll print out your stuff and see if I understand it all.
It sounds like a great idea and I'm all for it.
Im amzed at your web pages. Bravo!

Subject: RE: Help us find more reviewers!
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 14:54:29 -0400
Here is our current contact list of regular reviewers for the Weston Playhouse:

Ed Barna
Rutland Herald
(802) 247-3146

Robert Couture
WAMC Radio (Albany, NY)
(802) 375-6428 (h)

Bill Menezes
Arts Center on Brickyard Pond
Keene State College
(603) 358-2171

Ted Pendleton
The Mountain Times
(802) 459-2287 (h)

Dan Wolfe
The Shelburn News
(802) 985-3091
Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
Stuart Duke
General Manager
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

Subject: Re: Help us find reviewers
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 01:32:50 EDT
Chris Arnott
New Haven Advocate
1 Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
this is the only reviewer of non-professional theatre in my area.
Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Algonkuin Players Theatre Co.

Subject: Re: Help us find reviewers!
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 18:16:46 EDT
Ha! Reviews of our shows? We haven't been reviewed for over ten years by the major paper, the Hartford Courant. The Journal Inquirer (Manchester) has a "reviewer" [NOTE: this letter is edited to protect the guilty...]
The New Britain Herald does review community theatre on occasion, but only for New Britain productions. And the identity of the reviewer(s) is cloaked by initials which haven't changed in twenty years. We suspect it's more than one person, but no nothing about him/her.
However, I do know one person who might be interested. I don't know that she is online, though. And, to be honest, [ ... ]
Are you still interested?
Miriam Neiman

Curtain Call! CT Community Theatres on the Web
Mark Twain Masquers
Web Coordinator

Subject: Re: Don, can you help us find reviewers?!?!?
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 10:08:57 -0400
Larry I will sure try. I know a couple of Ladies who see a lot of plays throughout the year including ones in London and Broadway. I have asked them to consider doing reviews for the newspapers etc but have had no luck as of yet. Best Regards, Don Campbell

Subject: Re: Help us find more reviewers!
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 08:59:28 PDT
From: "Madeleine O'Hara"
Sorry, there are no reviewers in our area.
Theatre North

Subject: Re: Help us find reviewers!
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 08:58:04 EDT
In a message dated 10/22/98 2:43:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
> So, who reviews your shows?
Unfortunately, in Southern CT, no one reviews our shows. The policy of the local papers is that, if you're not Equity, you're not reviewed.

Subject: Re: help us find reviewers!
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 07:54:18 -0400
From: "Michael L. Howard"
Now that's pretty terse. I'll pass along the e-mail to Jennifer.
Mike Howard

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