A friend has asked me for a more explicit discussion of my thoughts on what he calls " the post that started this all
In over three decades of producing plays, I have never felt such a disconnect between the experience in the theatre and the reflection of a critic. Louise's first line displays her anger at the fact that the audience was responding with cheers and laughter throughout the evening, and her condescension to the audience and artists alike is breathtaking.
What he's complaining about here is that Kennedy accurately reported the audience's reaction and then explained her disconnect from it. You can read her review here. Critics do this all the time with more commercial offerings. Look up the reviews of Shreck if you don't believe me, or read some of the pans of Rock of Ages (you can do both at our sister site!). Was her review condescending? Yes. Was it dismissive? Sure. In fact, what Kennedy did was to accurately report that the crowd disagreed with her, which is all you can really reasonably ask her to do.