Johanna Droubay's print persona is tough to like. Her snarky review of the monologues at the PATA auditions seems only mean spirited. On the one hand, Portland actors may need to hear that they aren't as good as we think--in fact, I'm sure we need to hear it--but, on the other hand, the PATA generals aren't necessarily about turning in brilliant performances. They're generals, and as such, are about demonstrating basic competence (at least, that's what the PATA member directors themselves said, at their January round table.) They're also not open to the public, which doesn't know that actors face a different challenge in auditions than in full-on performance. Droubay doesn't seem to know this, either (or care), notwithstanding her attempt to purchase authority with a winking anecdote about her own former, high school auditions.
Drama criticism in Portland continues to be as amateurish and self-indulgent as much of the acting on which it comments. Once again, that's too bad. Sigh. I, too wish Portland actors were up to the mark of Seattle or San Francisco. I wish our critics were, as well.