A critical flap du jour: "Big River," NYT, critic, producer, editors . . . 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:02PM
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As a sort of pendant to the vacancy in the Times’ critic crew (scroll down three items) — because otherwise Isherwood would presumably have reviewed the Encores! “Big River,” Feb. 8-12 — artistic director Jack Viertel wrote a crushingly condescending response to the review by Laura Collins-Hughes. Most admirably, the Times editors spoke up in her defense. Read the review first, then Playbill tells the story. Finally, give yourself the treat of a wry British view. Perhaps A. Pope (not a pope) sums it all up best, “to crush a butterfly upon a wheel.”

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