Or at least our modern theatre industry.
As much as I support the current movement within the Drama Critics circle to rein in some wild recent examples of distorting critic-quotations, I can't help being amused by this piece of history I uncovered by chance in an old Saturday Evening Post I was researching.
From March 14, 1925:
SWEET ARE THE USES OF ADVERTISING
WHAT THE DRAMATIC CRITICS
WRITEWHAT THE THEATERS PRINT"A fair play, not as enjoyable
and stimulating as some
wonderful ones I have seen.""...Enjoyable and Stimulating
"Good plot, but lacking in
genuine thrills and
interpreted half-heartedly""Good plot....
..... Genuine thrills"
Brilliant audience was
half asleep.""Magnificent...Brilliant audience"
(The credited humorist, for those interested, is one Arthur L. Lippman.)