“Crrrritic!” Estragon sneers as the trumping put-down in the battery of insults he trades with Vladimir in “Waiting for Godot.” You might say that for theater critics, it’s been downhill ever since. And when are critics not crrrritics? That’s easy: When we don’t write rrrrreviews.
Sadly, that’s happening too often these days. When producers announced last fall that Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick would co-star in a revival of Neil Simon’s 1968 comedy “Plaza Suite,” it was news. Married for 22 years, both actors have enjoyed critical and popular acclaim, but they haven’t worked together on Broadway since 1996. In an elegant example of history repeating itself, the revival would have its tryout run at the same Boston theater where George C. Scott, Maureen Stapleton and director Mike Nichols first put the show through its paces before heading south to Times Square.