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Sun's theater coverage deserves four stars

A recent commentary wrongly criticized The Baltimore Sun for not covering local theater ("The show goes on," July 6). In the several decades that I have subscribed to The Sun, I have never seen such wide coverage of theater here as now exists.

Going back to the 1960s with writers such as R. H. Gardner and Lou Cedrone and up until the late 2000s, until Tim Smith came on the scene, I had never seen such promotion of Baltimore theater. Not only does Mr. Smith review (and often preview) such professional productions as those at Hippodrome, Center Stage and Everyman, but he travels the region to cover non-professional theater in Mt. Vernon, Station North, Fells Point, Harford Road, and Harford County. No one has done more to promote local theater. He even reviews productions in D.C. and Arlington, Va.

The writer must not be a thorough reader of The Sun. Not only is Mr. Smith the finest theater critic (in knowledge and quality of writing), he is one of the nation's best classical music critics. And in recent years, he has written excellent art reviews. (He must never have a night at home.) And yet this writer shows little familiarity nor appreciation of his efforts.

Michal Makarovich, Baltimore

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