Criticism

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Can You Feel the Water Rise?
Essay

Can You Feel the Water Rise?

by Adi Eshman
17 November 2019
We Are the Next Generation of Critics
Essay

We Are the Next Generation of Critics

Learnings from the Young Critics Program

by Beatrice Perez-Arche, Livian Yeh
13 November 2019
Early Black Feminist Theatre and Lynching Dramas Revisited
Podcast

Early Black Feminist Theatre and Lynching Dramas Revisited

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #2

by Jordan Ealey, Leticia Ridley
12 November 2019
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The Live Arts Criticism Panel
Video

The Live Arts Criticism Panel

with Arts Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, and The Front Porch Arts Collective in Boston, MA

Tuesday 19 November 2019
Boston, MA

Arts Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, and The Front Porch Arts Collective presented the Live Arts Criticism Panel livestreamed from Boston, MA on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 19 November at 2:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-8) / 4:30 p.m. CST (Chicago, UST-6) / 5:30 p.m. EST (Boston, UTC-5).

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Can You Feel the Water Rise?
Essay

Can You Feel the Water Rise?

17 November 2019

Adi Eshman discusses Exquisite Corpse Company’s immersive play Water, Water, Everywhere..., which took place on New York Harbor’s Governors Island.

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We Are the Next Generation of Critics
Essay

We Are the Next Generation of Critics

Learnings from the Young Critics Program

13 November 2019

Beatrice Perez-Arche and Livian Yeh have a conversation about their experience in the Young Critics Program, “cancel culture” and criticism, gaining confidence, and more.

two actors onstage
Early Black Feminist Theatre and Lynching Dramas Revisited
Podcast

Early Black Feminist Theatre and Lynching Dramas Revisited

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #2

12 November 2019

For this episode of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley focus on the histories and enduring legacies of lynching dramas, covering early twentieth century history of Black women playwrights using theatre for protest ends, and situating them in Black feminism and Black radical tradition.

event poster for the debate on the need for arts criticism.
Livestreaming Debate: The Need for Critical Analysis of Artistic Products
Video

Livestreaming Debate: The Need for Critical Analysis of Artistic Products

in Cluj, Romania

Monday 11 November 2019
Cluj, Romania

Reactor – a space for creative experiments in Cluj, Romania presents the debate The Need for Critical Analysis of Artistic Products livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 11 November 2019 at 8 a.m. PST (Vancouver, UTC -8) / 11 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 16:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 17:00 CET (Budapest, UTC +1) / 18:00 EET (Cluj, UTC +2). 
 

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How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism
Essay

How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism

10 November 2019

Sean Anthony Chia examines the impact of a powerful story—one without spectacle—through the lens of Isaac Gomez’s the way she spoke.

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A Conversation on Fairview
Podcast

A Conversation on Fairview

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #1

28 October 2019

On this first episode of Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, Leticia Ridley and Jordan Ealey discuss Woolly Mammoth's production of Fairview by Jackie Sibbilies Drury, its theoretical and theatrical interventions, as well as situate it in the historical and cultural contexts of Black theatre.

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Critics
Essay

Cultivating the Next Generation of Critics

On the Young Critics Program at Front Porch Arts Collective in Boston

27 October 2019

Pascale Florestal talks about the lack of critics of color in theatre and creating a training program in Boston, through Front Porch Arts Collective, to counter this problem.

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Drag, Disco, and the Donkey
Essay

Drag, Disco, and the Donkey

Performed Masculinities in American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show

23 October 2019

James Montaño discusses The Donkey Show, cross-gendered performances vs. drag, camp as an aesthetic concept, and more.

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Audiences, Parasites, and Personal Revelations
Essay

Audiences, Parasites, and Personal Revelations

Perspectives on Criticism and Playwriting

20 October 2019

Playwright/critic Ava Wong Davies talks to critic Maddy Costa and plawright Alice Birch about who reviews are for, responses to criticism, self-censorship, and more.

actors onstage
Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself
Essay

Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself

Women Finding Their Power in Cendrillon

17 October 2019

Shari Caplan discusses Opera del West’s recent production of Cendrillon at the Boston Center for the Arts.

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Unmanly Grief
Essay

Unmanly Grief

Performing A Trans Hamlet

10 September 2019

Aley O’Mara reflects on Daniel Winder’s Hamlet and speaks to the lead—trans actor Jenet Le Lacheur—about the titular character in this production being nonbinary and transfeminine.

four actors onstage
Turning Medea into a Telenovela
Essay

Turning Medea into a Telenovela

Melodrama and Luis Alfaro’s Mojada

5 September 2019

Juan Recondo looks at Luis Alfaro’s reimaging of Euripides’s Medea, in which the title character is a Mexican undocumented immigrant who arrived in New York after facing the horrors of the border.

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A New Identity for Oklahoma
Essay

A New Identity for Oklahoma

7 August 2019

Tara Brooke Watkins discusses how Oklahoma! has shaped the state’s cultural identity, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Spinning Plates’s production of the musical with an all-black cast.

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Participatory Theatre
Essay

Participatory Theatre

Europe’s Game Changer

4 August 2019

verity healey does a deep-dive into the Our Stage – 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival, which took place in Dresden, Germany, in May 2019.

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The Responsibility of the Artist-Critic
Essay

The Responsibility of the Artist-Critic

1 August 2019

Kitty Drexel and Regina Victor, both artists and critics, talk about working through biases, accountability, transparency, and more.

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Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws
Essay

Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws

Melinda Lopez’s Yerma

31 July 2019

Shari Caplan discusses the Huntington Theatre’s production of Yerma.

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Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival
Essay

Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival

23 July 2019

verity healey examines the concept of theatrical space as it applies to two shows that were presented at Germany’s Our Stage festival in May: Invited and A Doll’s House.

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The Basics of Theatre Criticism
Essay

The Basics of Theatre Criticism

The Parking Lot Rule

14 July 2019

Danielle Rosvally looks at the importance of theatre criticism, explores the idea that everyone’s a critic, and talks about the parking lot rule.

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Sympathy for the Incel?
Essay

Sympathy for the Incel?

On Oklahoma! and Jud Fry in the #MeToo Era 

26 June 2019

Catherine M. Young discusses the recent Broadway production of Oklahoma!, which she believes, despite inclusive casting and adventurous aesthetics, asks audiences to pay more attention to white men than anyone else.

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Language and Identity in the Welsh-Turkish Play Y Brain/Kargalar
Essay

Language and Identity in the Welsh-Turkish Play Y Brain/Kargalar

12 June 2019

Emily Garside discusses Y Brain/Kargalar, in which the playwright, Turkish refugee Meltem Arikan, who settled in Wales, explores her conflicting identities. 

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The Search for Truth in Putin’s Russia
Essay

The Search for Truth in Putin’s Russia

How Teatr.doc’s “Civil Theatre” Is Exposing Injustice

4 June 2019

verity healey looks at Teatr.doc’s latest show, Torture, and the vital need for “truth-telling” theatre.

actors on stage
Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love
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Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love

14 May 2019

Alix Rosenfeld talks about the difference between inclusion and belonging when it comes to working with the disability community, using the Philadelphia-based FringeArts production of A Fierce Kind of Love as an example.

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"Fighting Fire With Fire"
Essay

"Fighting Fire With Fire"

The Intersection of Gun and Sexual Violence in Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday

5 May 2019

Sean Anthony Chia discusses Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday, placing it within what he calls “theatre of the unashamed.”

actors onstage underneath a large projection
Harnessing the Combined Power of Theatre and TV
Essay

Harnessing the Combined Power of Theatre and TV

7 April 2019

Camille Cuzzupoli examines the themes present in Manual Cinema’s production The End of TV.