Criticism Series

A series of artists give commentary and reflection on criticism in theatre.

Doing Time on the Other Side
Essay

Doing Time on the Other Side

5 April 2013

John Longenbaugh reflects on balancing his career as a theatre critic with being an artist

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

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

All the Hip-Hop World’s a Stage, and the Critic Is a Player
Essay

All the Hip-Hop World’s a Stage, and the Critic Is a Player

4 April 2013

Rebecca Haithcoat draws parallels between Hip-hop and theatre and why the public finds hip-hop more accessible 

Just Like Candy
Essay

Just Like Candy

Following the Trail of Good Ideas

3 April 2013

A career as a theatre critic may not be directly linked to accolades and acclaim. Jason Zinoman meditates on the nuanced benefits of  critically thinking about art full-time.

A cartoon newspaper.
Critics’ Love for Sale
Essay

Critics’ Love for Sale

Why Journalism’s Demise Is Bad for Theater

3 April 2013

John More talks about why the fall of the newspaper intudusty is bad news for the theatre community

Two Considerations for Criticism
Essay

Two Considerations for Criticism

2 April 2013

If critics evaluate theatre in consideration of who’s the primary audience and the function of the piece, theatre has the potential of bettering itself from criticism.

A portrait of Wendy Rosenfield.
But I Really Don’t Want To Direct
Essay

But I Really Don’t Want To Direct

1 April 2013

Wendy Rosenfield explores the idea of theatre critics, not as artists, but as recorders that theatre matters.

The Artist on the Aisle
Essay

The Artist on the Aisle

31 March 2013

Rob Weinert-Kendt shares insight into the motivations and complications of taking on a career of as a theatre critic. 

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