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NYT Critic Watch Research Team

A community-sourced research project that aims to evaluate every New York Times review of new theater work for one calendar year. Findings and analysis will be published on the HowlRound Blog. Updates are also available via the Twitter hashtag #newplay and @NYTCriticWatch.

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Everyone's a Critic... even of Critics—Notes from New York Times Critic Watch
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Everyone's a Critic... even of Critics—Notes from New York Times Critic Watch

5 April 2013

This first set of notes from the NYT Critic Watch projects disects the focus of reviews and if the readers actually agree with them

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A Call for Readers
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A Call for Readers

The New York Times Critic Watch Project Ends Soon!

23 September 2012

A call for survey participants before NYTCriticWatch ends

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New York Times Critic Watch Project
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New York Times Critic Watch Project

An Update

15 September 2012

An update from NYTCriticWatch as we go through the survey responses

To Read or Not To Read
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To Read or Not To Read

The Gamble of Being Reviewed

12 May 2012

It is a gamble to read reviews. There is no immediate solution except for expanding the conversation to try and understand how reviews affect the American theatre scene.

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NYTCriticWatch.com asks
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NYTCriticWatch.com asks

What do we actually want from a theater review?

29 March 2012

Our New York Times Critic Watch continues, and we have some insights on what readers really want from theatre critics – and we want to hear your thoughts too!

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The Critic-Artist Relationship
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The Critic-Artist Relationship

A Story from @NYTcriticwatch

7 March 2012

The relationship between critics and artists can be complex and fraught, but it doesn't have to be.  We recount a touching story in which the critic-artist relationship is built on understanding and growth.

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Call to Action
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Call to Action

Read for The New York Times Critic Watch

16 February 2012

We're launching a new project, charting the effect that a review in The New York Times can have on a new play. We need your help – join us!