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Critic Spotlight: July 2020

Sheri Flanders Chicago critic, improv performer and teacher at Second CityOutlets: Freelance; her work has appeared in Chicagoland Musical Theatre, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Rescripted, New City and Windy City Times. Sheri Flanders What drew you to criticism?When the Hedy Weiss story happened with Pass Over, the Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition called...

ATCA members connect with the latest in New York, national theater

By Maren Scriven Swensen Charles Busch and Wendy Rosenfield at Sardi’s NEW YORK — More than 60 members of ATCA gathered at the new MCC Theater complex on West 52nd Street Friday, Nov. 1, to Sunday, Nov. 3 to engage with the best and the brightest in the...

ATCA visits National Black Theatre Festival

by Lauren Van HemertPhotos by Martha Wade Steketee and Jay Handelman   This summer, the top black theater companies from around the world convened in Winston-Salem, N.C. for the 16th National Black Theatre Festival. Along with them was a small contingent of American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) members to cover...

Theater critic longevity (insert your own witticism here)

Who is the longest-serving theater critic? Queried in March by Ada Tseng of the LA Times, we replied that ATCA doesn’t keep statistics, but we cited Michael Billington, who’s been reviewing for The Guardian in England for 48 years and reviewed for smaller papers for 10 years before that...

How did drama critics and theater journalists fare in this year’s Broadway audience survey?

Every year the Broadway League conducts a survey of Broadway audiences to determine, among other things, what motivates individual audience members to attend a particular show. They don’t ask the question the same way each year and respondents can choose more than one reason. Statisticians...

Russian critics denounce treatment of director Serebrennikov

Kirill Serebrennikov The Russian Theatre Critics Association, ATCA’s co-member in the International Association of Theatre Critics, has denounced the arrest of controversial Russian stage/film/opera director Kirill Serebrennikov. Described as “always fresh, unconventional, and truly innovative,” he has been selected to receive the New Theatrical Reality prize this December by...

Furor over Chicago critic

Hedy Weiss (Photo by Rich Hein/Sun-Times) Long-time Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss (ATCA’s 2015 Perspectives in Criticism speaker) has stirred up a hurricane (not for the first time) with a June 13 review of Antoinette Nwandu’s “Pass Over,” a re-write of “Waiting for Godot” featuring two young African-Americans, now at Steppenwolf...

Isherwood leaves NY Times; paper affirms ideals of theater criticism

SOME FOLLOWUP STORIES Update, March 1: High profile playwrights (Marsha Norman, David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Doug Wright, etc., etc.) are among 800 signers of a petition to the N.Y. Times to fill the second string theater critic slot with a woman or transgender person of color,...

Statistics and perspectives on the decline in newspaper coverage of the arts

The Columbia Journalism Review has published a thought provoking piece by Boston’s Jeb Gottlieb, former music and theater writer for the Boston Herald. In a section he titled “the end of the age of the critic” Gottlieb provides statistics on the decline of full time...

IATC Young Critics Seminar in Poland in October, 2016

ATCA’s Russell Warne (managing editor, Utah Theatre Bloggers Assn.) files a very interesting report on the YCS he recently attended in Poland, commenting especially on the similarities and differences between the concerns and issues addressed there and in the U.S. (To read, cick link here or below.) Such seminars are sponsored...