Author: ATCA

IATC publishes web journal, ‘Critical Stages’

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chair of ATCA’s International Committee, sends word of the latest (sixth) edition of Critical Stages, the web journal of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC). Go to the International Committee’s own web page or go direct to Critical Stages. Coming updates will include a...

Another lament over the erosion of criticism

Maybe you missed the reference in the (excellent!) rush of ATCA tweets (those orange boxes up top on the left), so here it is again: the controversial Johann Hari defends criticism, most recently in Spin. ...

More links to Chicago conference reviews and commentary

(NOTE that we’ll link to other reviews from our Chicago conference as we get them.) In the Desert Local News, Jack Lyons reviews Timeline Theatre premiere, My Kind of Town: click here. Chicago report from Jacksonville’s Dual Critics (Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom): click here. Jack Petro (Jack’s...

Jay Handelman re-elected ATCA chair by new executive committee

Laura Hayes’ logo for ATCA Chicago: ATCA’s satiric image of a self-satisified critic by Daumier takes over the famous spitting Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. At the Chicago conference, the ATCA membership elected Michael Howley and Tim Treanor to three-year executive committee terms (until 2015). Re-elected to a second term...

Vigorous and brawny, full of variety

Chicago, writes Chris Rawson in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “feels like a throwback to the great age of cities” — and that includes five Tony-winning theaters, out of some 200 in all. Quick survey of seven shows: click here....

Chicago is my kind of theater town

Jay Handelman writes in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: With more than 200 companies of all sizes, styles and genres, Chicago offers audiences a theatrical variety that most cities can only envy. Click here....

Two more Chicago reviews by Charles Giuliano

“The remarkable Jackie Taylor built the new $19 million Black Ensemble Theatre. She also writes, produces and directs musicals about the immortals of soul. Currently a boffo hit The Marvin Gaye Story: Don’t Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend is the coolest show of...

Milwaukee odyssey and Chicago reflections

Bill Hirschman: The post-Chicago odyssey to Milwaukee was a stunning surprise for those of us who had never been there and might even have been dismissive. Anne Siegel gave us a whirlwind tour of a fraction of the city’s theatrical community that was impressive to say the least. Yes,...

Site changes coming; Chicago news continues

The Chicago conference produced plans for website changes, including ways to call attention to new content on internal pages and to members-only features. Most of this will have to wait a few weeks to allow for vacations and the inevitable post-conference exhaustion. But if you...

Essential words from the Milwaukee add-on

Some of the attendees from the Chicago Conference, which Jonathan Abarbanel so masterfully put together, have come to Milwaukee for an “add on” arranged by Anne Siegel. Among our stops today was the Broadway Theater Center — home to the Skylight Music Theatre, The Milwaukee...