I just came from the birthday celebration for the Boston theater critic Larry Stark. Larry is 74 years young. Red Dragonfly Films (http://www.reddragonflyfilms.com/SR/Home.htmlÂ ) is making a film called Stark Review: The Heart of Boston Theater. Tonight's celebration was to honor Larry's birthday and to raise money for the film's production. There was an auction and a $15 minimum donation to get into the event.
Here's the Bios on the team working on the film: http://www.reddragonflyfilms.com/SR/Team%20Bios.html
I believe that you live longer if you stay active when you are 'retired'. Larry is living proof of that. He goes to over 100 shows per year. He told us that he does not like to be called a critic. He said the only thing a bad review is for is to get out your own frustrations. He says if he does not like a performance than he sends the performer a letter. People say that when youÂ go to see a play in Boston that has just come out that Larry is bound to be in the audience. His laughter is contagious.
The audience was filled with people that have known Larry forever. I spoke with one woman (who had to be in her 50s that said she's known him since she was 16). The event was inspiring. It was my first industry event. I was there with my boss for my part-time job (as he was there doing the photos for the event and is involved in the making of this film--he's the last one on the Bio page).
It was a wonderful night. I can't wait to see the film when it is complete. I'm happy to report that theater is still alive, well, and kicking. I'm looking forward to getting more involved by going to some of the smaller theater company shows in the area.
Larry now writes online at http://www.theatermirror.com/welcome.htmÂ (The New England Theater Guide)