There seems to be a bit of a theme in recent posts by Dave T. about crushes. I want to share that I have "Dog Train" in my car's CD player and although I do enjoy Laura Linny's singing performance and agree that it is full of emotion, in no way does the song provoke a crush in me.
The question is: How much do those little crushes on actors we might get during the two hours of intimate yet safe involvement we have with them on stage affect our perspective of their performance?
I sat right next to Dave (a rare but enjoyable experience) as he drooled over Liz Blake in "Measure for Measure"- well, he didn't exactly drool but he was riveted by her as he has confessed in a previous post. So I saw the same show, from the same vantage point, the same night. But what is most interesting is that though I thought Ms. Blake's performance was valiant, I enjoyed Julie Phillips' performance more (note: I did not develop a crush on her but I guess I might have if things were different -oh hell, where am I going with this?). In fact I was a bit concerned with a couple of Ms. Blake's character transformations - she played several but a couple of them ran together for me.
I agree with Dave that Ms. Phillips high point characterization was Mistress Overdone but I thought all of her roles were very well played and her transitions distinct and seamless. I just felt that she did an overall better job than Ms. Blake.
Is it possible to weigh the amount of personal emotional reaction to an actor vs. objective criticism?