Dear Mr. Hayford,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for attending and reviewing Gigantic Productions’ premiere of Charlie’s Good Time Gospel Hour [June 14]. However, I feel it is important to point out that it was Michael Dowd, not myself, who performed the part of Charlie (as stated in your review). While I did appear onstage to give the preshow welcome to the audience, I cannot take credit for being “nothing short of riveting.”

I believe that Michael Dowd deserves credit for bringing the difficult role of Charles Manson to life, as well as recognition as the author of Charlie’s Good Time Gospel Hour. He has worked long and hard on this play, and I have no wish to steal his moment in the spotlight, even accidentally.

Martin Hurm, not mentioned in the review (for reasons of space, I’m sure), rounds out the cast admirably, as well as being a damn fine assistant director.

As an actor myself, I am always a bit disheartened when another actor is credited with my performance, good or bad. A performer’s triumphs and mistakes are right there on the stage for the world to see; they are very personal, and should never be foisted off on another. As a writer, I’m sure you understand this. If the words you spent hours crafting were attributed to another critic (Jack Helbig for instance), you might feel a bit put out, and as qualified as Mr. Helbig is, it would still be unfair to both of you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please understand that I mean no malice, I’m just taking this opportunity to speak out about a problem I see far too frequently.

Phil Gigante


Gigantic Productions


Charlie’s Good Time Gospel Hour

Justin Hayford replies:

Thanks for the correction.