Nodding Off at Theatre
I will often fall asleep at the theatre. My own snoring sometimes wakes me. Other times one of my companions might elbow me awake. I may then leave at intermission so as not to embarrass my unfortunate theatre companions further.
“The performance put me to sleep.” “I left at intermission before I feel asleep again.” For me to claim anything else would be unethical. Whether or not that is an authoritative judgement depends solely on who does or doesn’t believe in the authority of my opinion.
Chicago invented the thumbs-up/thumbs-down evaluation. So I think the only ethical action for the Chicago Sun-Times at this juncture is to replace Hedy with Nick. Nick Nodding Off or Nick Not Nodding Off should be the new authoritative judgement on theatre in town.