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"28 YEARS LATER, I STILL DON’T 'MISS SAIGON'"
Last Edit: singleticket 04:22 pm EST 11/22/22
Posted by: singleticket 04:08 pm EST 11/22/22
In reply to: re: Michael Feingold’s 1991 pan - EvFoDr 02:04 pm EST 11/22/22

It's definitely over the top! And it's meant to be so but there's a moral outrage in the criticism as well. I think a lot of it has to do with the downtown theater scene that the Village Voice covered and which Feingold represented to some extent (in other ways I think he resisted being yoked to "downtown theater" culture).

Attached is his reminiscence of the review 28 years later:

I think probably what pushed me over the edge was the film shown at the top of the second act, showing actual half-American Vietnamese war orphans. A great many people were infuriated by this, including a fair number of my fellow critics. Mackintosh donated a large sum of money to the orphanage where the film was shot, and put a sign up in the lobby saying so, but that didn’t make the outrage—using the plight of actual children to jerk tears for a commercial piece of pop kitsch—any less repugnant. Puccini would not have stooped to it.
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