You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Rooney tunes

Letter to the editor

As a subscriber to Variety and a 30 year show business veteran, one gets used to the occasional unpleasant review. However, your new theater critic David Rooney has now twice gone after me while reviewing a show that I’m not even in. In his review of “The Foreigner” he was particularly peeved with my work in “The Producers” and “The Frogs” and spent almost two paragraphs reprimanding me for it. And in his recent re-visit to “La Cage” I was luckily let off with just a warning about my lack of restraint.

So may I say “What up Dave? I don’t want to get all Dr. Phil on your ass, but where’s all this coming from? Do I owe you money? Did I cut you off in traffic? If you have a problem with me, I can live with that, but at least wait until I’m actually in the show to unleash the hard feelings. That seems only fair.” I realize this is unorthodox, but sometimes people have misplaced anger and it’s healthy to clear the air. Thank you.

With love for his fellow man,

Nathan Lane

More Voices

  • Scrips Discovery Partnership

    A Merger Between Scripps and Discovery Could Be a Smart Fit

    As a subscriber to Variety and a 30 year show business veteran, one gets used to the occasional unpleasant review. However, your new theater critic David Rooney has now twice gone after me while reviewing a show that I’m not even in. In his review of “The Foreigner” he was particularly peeved with my work […]

  • profiles theatre Sexual Harassment

    Sexual Harassment in the Theater: How Chicago Fought Back

    As a subscriber to Variety and a 30 year show business veteran, one gets used to the occasional unpleasant review. However, your new theater critic David Rooney has now twice gone after me while reviewing a show that I’m not even in. In his review of “The Foreigner” he was particularly peeved with my work […]

  • TV Television problems Expenses Placeholder

    Netflix Has Secret Weapon in Hollywood's Multibillion-Dollar Arms Race

    As a subscriber to Variety and a 30 year show business veteran, one gets used to the occasional unpleasant review. However, your new theater critic David Rooney has now twice gone after me while reviewing a show that I’m not even in. In his review of “The Foreigner” he was particularly peeved with my work […]

  • sweeney Todd Barrow Street Theatre

    Commercial Off Broadway Isn't Dead -- It's Turning Into Broadway

    As a subscriber to Variety and a 30 year show business veteran, one gets used to the occasional unpleasant review. However, your new theater critic David Rooney has now twice gone after me while reviewing a show that I’m not even in. In his review of “The Foreigner” he was particularly peeved with my work […]

  • Edie Windsor Appreciation

    GLAAD President Reflects on Edie Windsor's Impact on LGBTQ Community

    As a subscriber to Variety and a 30 year show business veteran, one gets used to the occasional unpleasant review. However, your new theater critic David Rooney has now twice gone after me while reviewing a show that I’m not even in. In his review of “The Foreigner” he was particularly peeved with my work […]

  • Game of Thrones

    Networks' Streaming Apps Make Minimal Revenue Impact (For Now)

    As a subscriber to Variety and a 30 year show business veteran, one gets used to the occasional unpleasant review. However, your new theater critic David Rooney has now twice gone after me while reviewing a show that I’m not even in. In his review of “The Foreigner” he was particularly peeved with my work […]

  • Avatar

    3D Shows Enduring Value, Delivering Entertainment Not Found at Home (Guest Column)

    As a subscriber to Variety and a 30 year show business veteran, one gets used to the occasional unpleasant review. However, your new theater critic David Rooney has now twice gone after me while reviewing a show that I’m not even in. In his review of “The Foreigner” he was particularly peeved with my work […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content