Stock Phrases

In my last entry, I mentioned how I was trying to resist using quotes from newspaper critics because it made me feel lazy to borrow someone else’s thoughts. I also doubted the power of such quotes to sway people because the phrases they employ seem over used.

I came across an article in the London Telegraph that refers to a list that the editors compile of over used phrases they felt they could do without seeing. The list applies to book reviews, but if you look at them, you will see quite a few that make an appearance in regard to live performances and art shows.

About Joe Patti

I have been writing Butts in the Seats (BitS) on topics of arts and cultural administration since 2004 (yikes!). Given the ever evolving concerns facing the sector, I have yet to exhaust the available subject matter. In addition to BitS, I am a founding contributor to the ArtsHacker ( website where I focus on topics related to boards, law, governance, policy and practice.

I am also an evangelist for the effort to Build Public Will For Arts and Culture being helmed by Arts Midwest and the Metropolitan Group. (

My most recent role was as Executive Director of the Grand Opera House in Macon, GA.

Among the things I am most proud are having produced an opera in the Hawaiian language and a dance drama about Hawaii's snow goddess Poli'ahu while working as a Theater Manager in Hawaii. Though there are many more highlights than there is space here to list.


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