Tag Archives: critical series

Best Practices of Being a Critic

For those who love to blog, status update, twitter or tumblr about shows they’ve seen, things they’ve eaten, places they’ve gone to: I loved this read from Terry Teachout, the theater critic for the Wall Street Journal.  It outlines 15 best practices for arts journalism and journalistic criticism of most varieties.  We all know I […]

The Critical Series: and yet. . .

Having said all of that. . . I want to remind everyone creating anything about this: “It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic, is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.”  ~Theodore Roosevelt The trick is to keep criticism in […]

The Critical Series: p2p review, it’s all in the timing. . .

On the subject of peer-to-peer review, more than anything else I cannot emphasize that there is a time and a place and a way for it.  And it isn’t at the post-opening night revels at the bar. Here is one playwright’s list of do’s and don’ts. How to tell a playwright you didn’t like his […]

The Critical Series: Critic, Audiences, Idiots, Genius

Can a reviewer be expected to give honest critical feedback while simultaneously cheerleading the artistic community? This question has come up on the Fresno Beehive twice: the issue of the critic’s–in both cases, Donald Munro’s– poor review being taken to task for not being supportive enough of local artistic endeavors. The topic coming up once every […]

The critical series: Advantages

Quick List: Advantages to being reviewed 1. As an artist, it gives you an outward, tangible veneer of legitimacy. I’m not talking about your intrinsic feeling as a legitimate artist, I’m talking about public perception. Being reviewed by someone unconnected with the production/producer means you’re putting your work out there for public response and not […]

The Critical Series: When is criticism at its best?

Let’s face it. Criticism has become a dirty word. We think of it as “nit-picking, objection, disapproval.” But it doesn’t have to be a dirty word. In a broader context, criticism is an assessment, review or observation that can even be in the form of appreciation. Nobody seems to ever talk about that one: When […]