Tag: Critical I

Neglected Plays of Teresa Deevy Mints New Vaudeville

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, August 28, 2017.] The title of The Suitcase Under the Bed is both self-effacing and self-referential. With this production, Mint Theater Company’s Artistic Director Jonathan Bank continues its commitment to staging, publishing and promoting the works of Irish playwright Teresa Deevy (1894-1963), who made a splash early in her career at Dublin’s Abbey

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Theater Critic Helen Shaw: Monster in the Audience

[caption: Helen Shaw. Photo: Bobby Webster.] [article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, July 20, 2017.] Debates about cultural criticism question its relevance, who is and is not a critic, and the audience for critical writing. We believe critics themselves must not be sidelined from these debates. In our occasional series, Critical I, critics tell their own stories and offer their personal

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How Diep Tran Hones Her Theater Criticism — With Anger

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, May 25, 2017.] It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. The debate questions what criticism is and who is and is not a critic, challenges us to imagine what the audience for criticism should be, and considers proper critical comportment. We believe critics

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Chris Rawson, Theater Critic, On Honoring August Wilson

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, March 12, 2017.] It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. The debate questions what criticism is and who is and is not a critic, challenges us to imagine what the audience for criticism should be, and considers proper critical comportment. We believe critics themselves

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Bill Hirschman: Theater Criticism’s Cockeyed Optimist

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, February 12, 2017.] It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. The debate questions what criticism is, who is and is not a critic, challenges us to imagine what the audience for criticism should be and to think about proper critical comportment. We believe critics themselves

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Can a Playwright Be a Critic? Eliza Bent Says Yes

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, January 13, 2017.] [featured image caption: Eliza Bent in performance mode. Photo: Peter Bellamy.] It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. The debate questions what criticism is, who is and is not a critic, challenges us to imagine what the audience for criticism should

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2016: excavation review themes

  After six annual marathons captured in “what Martha has seen” lists of theater and film adventuring (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), I’ve learned a few things. I’ve learned that sometimes theater gluttony can build personal knowledge but impede creative critical output. I’ve learned that it’s a great privilege to be among the frequent

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Theater Critic Frank Rizzo Balances Head and Heart

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, October 20, 2016.] [featured image caption: Theater critic Frank Rizzo ponders the New York Post’s longtime theatrical hatchet-man, Michael Riedel. Photo: Mara Lavitt.] It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. This debate questions what criticism is, further questions who is and is not a

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Feminist Theater Critic Jill Dolan Faces the World

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, September 16, 2016.] It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. For better or for worse, this debate questions what criticism is, further questions who is and is not a “critic,” challenges us to imagine what the audience for criticism should be, and further

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