Press: Count Dracula Of Shubert Alley

A critic with a deadly bite

John Simon, theater critic for New York magazine, may be the meanest man on Broadway, but he rarely stoops to ad hominem attacks. He stoops to ad feminam attacks instead. Reviewing Liza Minnelli's new musical, The Act, he wrote: "I always thought Miss Minnelli's face deserving—of first prize in the beagle category. It is a face going off in three directions simultaneously: the nose always en route to becoming a trunk, blubber lips unable to resist the pull of gravity, and a chin trying its damnedest to withdraw...

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