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I just read Jack Helbig's review of that play Pond 7 [Section Two, March 17]. I saw the play last night and it was really good. Guy Jackson was so good in it and had such beautiful writing. I could listen to Guy read the phone book and be in love.

But Jack Helbig's a jerk! Where does he get off being such a big jerk?! Like he didn't even review the play and what it was about and stuff. He just got all mad about it like he is an old guy and he thinks young people don't know anything and can't do anything. Well I guess he can't write a good play either or else he wouldn't be a critic. I'm writing a paper about Pond 7 for my theater class and I told my teacher about the review and he laughed and said that if you can't do, you teach, and if you don't like kids, you become a critic. I think that makes a lot of sense in the case of Jack Helbig. He should quit being a critic if he doesn't like his job so much that he's not going to like anything young and new and interesting. Or maybe he should just go review old snob plays like Cats.


Lark McDougall


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