Is there any more anxiety-inducing question than this after a friend's show?
Luckily, Christopher Shinn bares all and offers helpful advice on how to address this inevitable test in your friendship with a playwright. Among the don'ts:
The Magician: The magician disappears at the end of your play. You wait and look for him to no avail. Six months later, when he finally calls or emails to get together, no mention is made of the show. He’s made the play disappear!And the do's:
The Anti-Narcissist: The narcissist believes his opinions are objective truths. He is afraid of speaking them only because he is afraid that his godlike judgment will irrevocably impact the recipient...When the anti-narcissist says he doesn’t like the play, it almost feels like an act of love. He says in a gentle voice something like, “I’m not sure I always understood what you were trying to say, but I’ll keep thinking about it.” The anti-narcissist knows what he felt but is also suspicious of his own reaction. With him, the playwright experiences a world of compassionate others who are tolerant and accepting even when critical.Anyone else prefer to be flat-out lied to? Or do you just not invite your friends at all?