Earlier this month, Woody Allen brought Gianni Schicchi to the stage to rave reviews. The NY Times is reporting that, despite the cat calls and proclamations of genius, Allen's own appraisal is that he brought the "low-life element" to his operatic debut.
Perhaps it's humble, self-deprecating humor or maybe he really did think it stunk. Your call. But when one refuses to take a bow, as Allen did during the one-act's run, it's either modesty or shame. Life is funny that way.