A feud between a local theater blogger and some prominent players in the local theater scene has erupted online.
File this under what happens when Thomas Garvey, a self-described “smart, unfettered critic who's not interested in tossing softballs to the suburbs (or the academy),” tussles with Harvard’s esteemed American Repertory Theater.
You can follow the fight at Garvey’s blog, The Hub Review, where the former Globe freelancer explained his split from the Independent Reviewers of New England and named names.
(Disclosure: There’s nothing particularly shocking about Garvey naming names. In fact, virtually everyone in the Boston Globe arts department – me included – has been the target of his, er, constructive criticism.)
Make sure to read the comments section, where the ART’s longtime media rep., Kati Mitchell, responds to Garvey’s digs and confirms her role in his IRNE divorce. Also read performer Ian Thal’s take on his own blog. He argues that the bigger issue, beyond the spat, is why “no one in the local theatre press is covering this story either in print or online.” All right, Ian. We give. Does this count?