Or, worse, they don’t get it at all and they dismiss your work as messy, unclear, unserious, which actually hurts more. But man, either one stings when you worked as hard as you worked.
But that, friends, is part of the game. If you’re going to memorize and incessantly quote the reviews that crown you a genius, you have to accept and acknowledge the ones that say you don’t know what the hell you’re doing out there.
Twice monthly, ArtsNash is delighted to feature articles from our partner The Clyde Fitch Report. The contributors to CFR cast their journalistic eyes on the worlds of arts and politics: Follow The Clyde Fitch Report on Facebook and Twitter. John Clancy is the author of this commentary as part of his Downtown Dispatches series.
John Clancy is an OBIE award winning director and a founding artistic director of the New York International Fringe Festival. His productions have won six Scotsman Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is a partner in Clancy Productions, serves as the Executive Director of the League of Independent Theater, the advocacy group for Off-Off Broadway, and is Board President of the LIT Fund. He lives on the Lower East Side with his wife, Nancy Walsh.
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