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What’s it like to be a theater critic?

You think it would be fun to go to plays and musicals almost every night for free and then tell everybody about it?

What’s it like to be a theater critic? Kerry Lengel of the Arizona Republic said it can be exciting or excruciating…or both. Who doesn’t like “The Sound of Music,” but what do you write if the production you’re covering for the paper has a Maria that can’t sing and all of the Von Trapp kids look like they’re over 30? How honest must you be if a play is lousy and you know everybody in the cast?

That’s very close to the life of Kerry Lengel, and if that appears a trifle dramatic, doesn’t that seem only right?