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Are theater critics becoming extinct?

The proverbial Dodo Obviously, no, not yet. In fact, we’re proliferating on the web. (Many thoughts, here, from an international view.) But here’s a recent, articulate lament. And for many more views, scroll down, look to the right column, etc. Critics spend as much time debating what...

Interview with Dan Sullivan

Andrew McGibbon interviews Dan Sullivan (right) and critics seminar at the O’Neill the ATCA co-founder and head of the NCI program at the O’Neill Theatre Center. ...

HowlRound week on criticism

For HowlRound’s week on criticism, go here. Some of the contributions:Wendy Rosenfield on really wanting to be a critic and what criticism’s for, here.Jason Zinoman on the critic’s passion, here.Rob Weinert-Kendt on the personal drive to criticism, here.John Moore on the economics of reviewing as newspapers abandon the field, here. ...

Lahr steps down at New Yorker

After 20 years, John Lahr is stepping down as chief theater critic for the New Yorker, where he won the George Jean Nathan Award in 1994 (he had previously won it in 1969 for reviews in the Evergreen Review and Village Voice). Living mainly in London, he...

David Hare: mere fact, mere fiction

In The Guardian, 17 April 2010, the playwright replied to his critics by arguing that good theater should never be confused with journalism. A few quotes: “Journalism is life with the mystery taken out. Art is life with the mystery restored.” …“If we accept the simple...