Author: ATCA

Ongoing critical scuffle over ‘Spider Man’

The latest take on the ongoing war of attrition is surveyed in this Feb. 8 NY Times account of some reviews of Spidey’s ongoing previews. Previously, Leonard Jacobs had a juicy take on the “Spider Man” situation in the Jan. 17 Huffington Post (it’s rich in links). He wrote of “the anachronistic...

ATCA on Broadway (and thereabouts)

About 50 ATCA members gathered in NYC, Feb. 4-6, for a weekend conference (aka “mini-meeting”). In between panels and shows and the hurlyburly of The City, a few took a short break to file a comment, and more are expected. ...

Who could ask for anything more?

Before spending time with my new ATCA colleagues in New York, I was under the impression that most performers/writers/directors shy from reviews, so I was pleasantly surprised with those who confessed to reading them and how many said that both the good and bad live...

Great moments and push-back in NYC

Some great moments in ATCA’s mini-meeting in NYC: * At the Sardi’s brunch, celeb guest Dan Lauria sounds like Vince Lombardi: “I like the challenge. I’m a Marine. Come on. Bring it on.” His stage wife in Lombardi, Judith Light, looks ethereal as she allows the winds...

A terrific New York Conference weekend

After a day of stimulating panel discussions on the theater experience from the points of view of actors, acting teachers, producers and reviewers, we were treated to the traditional Brunch with the Stars at Sardi’s. What fun it was to sit next to Jeffrey Wright...

Bill Blog (Hirschman, that is)

Ah, to be in New York City when the sleet’s in bloom! Okay, it’s not April in Paris. Nor Fort Lauderdale in February (one of the most beautiful times of the year back home). But it’s not like we’re standing on an El platform in...

Rapp, Nelson, Mann join Perspectives on Criticism; latest NY conference schedule

Feb. 1 — The previously announced Bartlett Sher is out, but playwrights Richard Nelson, Adam Rapp and Emily Mann, plus Playwrights Horizons artistic director Tim Sanford are in. As previously announced here, both the Friday and Sunday sessions are at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, entrance at 25th St. between Third and...

Theater Hall of Fame inducts 8 + 4

Jan. 27 — Monday saw eight new names join more than 400 others in raised gold letters on the walls of the Gershwin Theatre, the 2010 class of the Theater Hall of Fame: Charles Strouse and Fritz Weaver Linda Lavin Previous inductes Willa Kim and William Ivey Long actors Brian...

Latest info on N.Y. conference, Feb. 4-6

Jan. 22 — Normallly our Perspectives in Criticism speakers are critics; but at our N.Y. conference, Feb. 4-6, they will be playwrights and directors. Upload Registration Form here. Latest schedule follows. ATCA New York Weekend Conference, Feb. 4-6, 2011 For developing details (names of more participants, tweaks in schedule),...

‘Defy the Elite!’

Thus the headline to A.O. Scott’s Jan. 16 NYT column on the death/change/whatever of criticism. Having resolved “no panels on the State or Future or Death of Criticism … no thumb suckers for the Sunday paper on the history or the essence of the critical...