Criticism

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From our February 2009 video interview with Quinton Skinner, Dominic Papatola, Camille LeFevre, and Graydon Royce. A year and a half later only one remains a full time theater critic.

Let's admit it: Arguing about the work we do—whether in print or in bars—is almost as important as doing it. It's how we judge our impact and learn where we need to grow. In this issue, we critique the critics while also dipping our vulnerable toes into the rough waters of classical criticism.

REVIEW: Grandma knows best

Criticism

4000 Miles travels a long distance, led by the Grandma of Your Lefty Political Dreams, only to get not very far along.

Best of 2013-2014: These 6 moments

Criticism

A clown, a set, a fight, a dance, an improvised monologue and one deliver in Spanish. These are the moments that Derek remembers from last season.

REVIEW: The whole crazy adventure

Criticism

"It's an object lesson in how performance itself can hold us suspended even when character and plot have left the field."

REVIEW: Chekhov that works

Criticism

Exceptional ensemble acting turns a "workshop" into a master class on how to transform naturalism into classic theater.

BLOG: How To Properly Celebrate Winter

Criticism | Tradition

If you're the type who celebrates winter by drinking in a bar, then have we got something for you!

REVIEW: Tipping the scales

Criticism

A well-executed play about a man who weighs 500 pounds somehow sets up expectations of a realistic play that it fails to satisfy.

REVIEW: Whose youth is it?

Criticism

An excellent production from a new company is overshadowed by current events.

BLOG: A Critic's Passing

Audience | Criticism

Sure, we can dish about Peter Pan or big grant money, but I want to talk about a critic who stopped writing 20 years ago.

REVIEW: Is the Cocktail Hour necessary?

Criticism

As the first act becomes the second, a creeping sense of familiarity may or may not provide you with a satisfying experience.

REVIEW: Boogie with the Beavers

Criticism

Food, fun, music, dancing beaver, and Marx dressed like Santa Claus. If that doesn't get you into the mood for the holidays, then, well--wait, what?

Mid-career artists and the Right Here Showcase

Criticism

A combination review and consideration of the mid-career artist in the Twin Cities ecosystem. Alternate opinions welcome.

REVIEW: A bucket for a drum

Criticism

An inventive group of artists gather in the Dowling Studio for an immersive experience. Is it more than a charming diversion?

REVIEW: Understanding Expressionism

Criticism

Nimbus's "Ghost Sonata" tackles Expressionism with some success, and many intelligent choices. But how do you feel about Expressionism?

REVIEW: The crimes are greater than you think

Criticism

A musical in the folk tradition of murder ballads, Sandbox's epic "Killer Inside" inspires thinking about the justice system and good and evil.

REVIEW: Performance soars, script crashes

Criticism

Sha Cage dominates the stage in a script that tries to box her in.

REVIEW: The Mess is not a mess

Criticism

Ira sets out to conquer the Improv theater review, a notoriously slippery form of criticism.

REVIEW: The value in what is hard

Criticism

"There is a satisfaction and intellectual pleasure that makes you want to keep thinking, arguing, and asking more questions."

REVIEW: A question of blood

Criticism

A trio of Horror Festival shows bring on the blood and guts in very different fashions.

REVIEW: What is a Horror Festival?

Criticism

'Doll Collection' is Ira's highlight of the Horror Festival so far, but if creepiness isn't your thing, then stay for the dance or comedy.

REVIEW: A bounty of ideas from a tiny seed

Criticism

"People wish to be useful more than they desire to be rich. We are hardwired to make meaningful contributions to the lives of those around us."

REVIEW: Drunk on language and love

Criticism

You may think you've seen enough of this play. You'll want to see this version anyway.

REVIEW: The wrong verdict

Criticism

Katherine Glover attempts to tackle an enormous, thorny, provocative topic in her newest play, but the topic wiggles out her grasp.

REVIEW: How do you do that?

Criticism

It's a play about how things work, but Ira can't figure out how it works. He only knows that it does.

REVIEW: Janaki Ranpura’s 'Ububu' and other conflicts of interest

Criticism

Can a working artist ever feel comfortable as a critic in his or her own discipline?

REVIEW: What is Gabriel?

Criticism

In her 1st review for us, Sophie Kerman is engrossed in a play even though she suspects it isn't up to Walking Shadow's standards.

Open Letter to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback

Criticism

TBT: Springboard for the Arts' executive director Laura Zabel responds to veto of Arts Commission budget in her home state, Kansas.

REVIEW: When myth is fact

Criticism

This production of Erin Shields' "If We Were Birds" dramatizes an emotional truth more powerful than simply making a myth relevant again.

Forgetting taboos

Criticism | Vision

A critic’s reaction inspires Dominic Orlando to contemplate Doubt, Forgetting, and a taboo greater than sex.

Best of 2013-2014: Cabaret and Ashland

Criticism

What do "Ashland" and "Cabaret" have in common? Dominic advocates for the mixing of styles into what can only be described as "adult pleasure".

REVIEW: Nature is transcendant

Criticism

Introducing Matthew Foster as one of our new critics. Come for the opinion; stay for the way with words.

Best of 2013-2014: Small Art

Criticism

A sometimes forgotten excellence of live performance is its impermanence and adaptability, like basketball.

Best of 2013-2014: The Lower Depths

Criticism

Though this difficult world makes escapist theater a welcome distraction, Sophie is most lifted up by The Lower Depths.

Best of 2013-2014: The risks

Criticism

Four shows, three actors, two new plays, and one designer made Marya's list of 2013-2014's most memorable moments.

Don't review this

Criticism | Vision

TBT: Melodie Bahan loves good performing arts writing so much that she begs arts journalists to make her life as a publicist more difficult.

REVIEW: "You forget the fact that they're dancing."

Criticism

Through sound and singular ensemble movement, Black Label Movement's "Wreck" thrills and scares their audience with the performance of a ship going under.

REVIEW: "Asking for It" is very funny

Criticism

Ira thinks he may have seen the most 'important' stand-up comedy set around and regrets that its value as theater may overshadow its pure funny.

REVIEW: "The Heiress" cracks open the chestnut

Criticism

A glowing review of The Jungle's production. Plus, so much more to know about 19th century narrative realism and James' women.

REVIEW: 'Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson' at The New Century Theatre

Criticism

The much-discussed musical comes wrapped in controversy, but its problems run even deeper - or shallower - than that.

REVIEW: 'Our Country's Good' at The Guthrie

Criticism

In 1988 'Our Country's Good' was hailed as "a modern classic." It's not 1988 anymore.

REVIEW: 'Drunken City" - Comedy, Tragedy, and Yeah, Life’s Tough But Whatevs

Criticism

Dark & Stormy employs some heavy hitters in service of a light comedy, and Dominic Orlando wonders if that's enough.

An open letter about the premiere of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" in Minneapolis

Criticism

Does Minnesota know itself well enough to responsibly produce a show like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson?

Reviewing the reviews: What's in a space?

Criticism

Theater folks love their nontraditional spaces, but are they always an asset to the art?

REVIEW: 'The Three Musketeers' and 'Dirt Sticks'

Criticism

Everyone from Joseph Campbell to Bertolt Brecht to Dominic's Aunt Rose weighs in on two new, heroic productions.

REVIEW: 'Behind the Eye' at Park Square

Criticism

A new exploration of an unsung artist is flawed, and that's a good thing. The gender balance of local critics is also flawed, and that's not as good.

REVIEW: 'Homegrown' at The Playwrights' Center

Criticism

Is it enough for a play to be perfectly good if it doesn't connect where it counts?

Learning to love arts criticism

Criticism

Does a type of arts criticism exist that would please artists, audiences, and newspaper editors at the same time?

BLOG: Is It Really Real?

Criticism | Production | Tradition

We all have a problem with figuring out "authenticity", and South Carolina still has a problem with lesbians.

Reviewing the reviews: How subjective is too subjective?

Criticism

A critic owns up to his personal bias, but does he still do the production a disservice?

REVIEW: 'Detroit' at The Jungle Theater

Criticism

The Jungle's latest is well-written, well-produced, well-acted and well worth seeing. And yet...

Reviewing the reviews: Who is this for?

Criticism

A reader wonders who a review of 'Othello' was meant for, and it's not an easy answer.

REVIEW: 'Our Town' at Theater Latte Da

Criticism

Does Peter Rothstein's new production capture the secret darkness of an oft-underestimated classic?

REVIEW: Late to the party: Three plays that opened In February

Criticism

Dominic Orlando digs into 'Tristan & Yseult,' 'Shakespeare’s Will' and 'The Ballad of Emmett Till.'

REVIEW: 'The Music Man' from Ten Thousand Things

Criticism

Some people just don't get musicals, and Dominic Orlando just doesn't get why.

REVIEW: Three plays in five days

Criticism

Dominic Orlando finds a thread between 'Ash Land,' 'Evita' and 'The Year I Was Born.'

Reviewing the reviews: What's in a rave?

Criticism

The critics all like 'Fuddy Meers,' but no two like it in quite the same way.

REVIEW: 'Cabaret' from Theatre Latte Da & The Hennepin Trust, at The Pantages

Criticism

"This is a mosaic of adulthood we all recognize, even if we never moved more than a mile from home."

Some modest proposals for better theater criticism in 2014

Criticism

A little counter-rant to all the year-end ranting and writing by arts critics.

Reviewing the reviews: Meeting expectations

Criticism

A major touring production does what it's supposed to, and so do its reviews. Is that a good thing?

Reviewing the reviews

Criticism

Taking a closer look at Twin Cities theater criticism, one review at a time.

Seeing our selves in 'Displaced Hindu Gods'

Criticism

Aditi Brennan Kapil’s trilogy dug into identities at Mixed Blood and Lisa Hu was there for all 4.5 hours.

REVIEW: Frank and Sandbox present the past

Criticism

'Maple and Vine' and 'This Is A World To Live In' offer very different takes on modernity and nostalgia.

Best of 2012-2013: The sweet surprise of 'Nice Fish'

Criticism

The Guthrie isn't the first place you expect puppets, whimsy or regional humor. That made this fish story all the nicer.

Hunting for horror in 'The Hollow'

Criticism

A search for scary theater begins with Workhaus Collective's atmospheric New Orleans story.

Best of 2012-2013: 'Minneapolis Madness'

Criticism

The Unit Collective's inclusive experimentation made Ricardo Vazquez feel truly at home on the local stage.

Best of 2012-2013: 'Milly and Tillie' and 'Long Day’s Journey into Night'

Criticism

Jon Ferguson found inspiration from humble beauty at Open Eye to a bracing classic at the Guthrie.

Best of 2012-2013: 'Hidebound'

Criticism

"Was it enjoyable? That's beside the point." Charles Campbell looks at one of the year's most provocative puppet shows.

Best of 2012-2013: The audience comes alive

Criticism

Shadow puppets and sweaty comedians gave Laura Holway a new outlook on audience participation.

Best of 2012-2013: A look from 'Lolita'

Criticism

Four Humors' Fringe hit had a certain look that held Ira Brooker's gaze.

Best of 2012-2013: Samantha Johns' smorgasbord

Criticism

Samantha Johns' favorite performances of the season run the gamut and then some.

What do you do with reviews?

Criticism

A divisive production raises the question of what value reviews have for artists and audiences.

Learning to watch at the Children's Theatre

Criticism

A production of 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' helps my son leap a few hurdles of art appreciation.

"Tucker's Robot" - My kid's first show

Criticism

The peculiar power of puppetry at Open Eye Figure Theatre spawns a new fan for local theater.

REVIEW: A helluva "Town," but a bit of a yawn

Criticism

New York City comes to Bloomington in a new "On the Town," but is it anything worth writing home about?

The ageless artists of "Alive and Kickin"

Criticism

It's more than just "old folks singing" - the artists of "Alive & Kickin" represent a living document of local theater history.

The burpy beauty of Open Eye Figure Theatre

Criticism

In one writer's eyes, Open Eye is a "perfect combination of thoughtful exploration, risk-taking, universality and humor."

The communal comfort of 'Dykes Do Drag'

Criticism

For its devotees, the long-running Bryant-Lake Bowl show is much more than just a fun night out at the theater.

REVIEW: "Loss Machine" at Open Eye

Criticism

Open Eye Figure Theater's Platform series kicks off with a transformative journey into transformation.

REVIEW: "To the Moon" at Open Eye

Criticism

A reimagining of "The Honeymooners" with an all-female cast makes for an entertaining 90 minutes.

'Buzzer' rings twice

Criticism

Tracey Scott Wilson's tragicomedy returns with a revised script on a new stage. What can we learn by watching a play's evolution?

How do we watch modern dance?

Criticism

Chris Schlichting's "Matching Drapes" at Red Eye makes our reviewer ponder the way she watches dance performances.

REVIEW: Hijack and Chris Yon at Outlet Performance Festival

Criticism

Unorthodox dance in an unexpected environment made Jaime Carrera's "Outlet" festival an immersive experience for reviewer Laura Holway.

REVIEW: Minnesota Opera's "Doubt"

Criticism

John Patrick Shanley's modern classic gets the operatic treatment at the Ordway. Bartley Stratton says little is lost in translation.

'Anne Frank' and onstage redemption

Criticism

"I am Anne Frank" and Vanessa Gamble return to Minneapolis, and Dean J. Seal says the story of redemption hits as hard as ever.

REVIEW: "Rabbit Hole" at Theatre in the Round

Criticism

Theatre in the Round chose a grim subject for its 500th production, but Matt Berg says "Rabbit Hole" suits the milestone better than you'd think.

Best of 2011-2012: Black Water

Criticism

Have you noticed an increase in site-specific work lately? Sheila Regan has, and she isn't complaining.

Best of 2011-2012: The Amen Corner

Criticism

Owatonna's Merlin Players Artistic Director points out the lessons you can learn, and stories you can tell, in careful set construction.

Best of 2011-2012: Spring Awakening

Criticism

Theatre Latte Da and the University of Minnesota combine forces to surprise John Heimbuch into liking musicals.

Best of 2011-2012: Paul F. Tompkins

Criticism

Levi values high levels of craft and big buckets of fun, and he finds it in the work of great stand-up comics.

Best of 2011-2012: Walking Shadow Theater Company

Criticism

Walking Shadow won an Ivey Monday, and their success is driving Matt Dawson mad. Damn them!

Best of 2011-2012: The Naked I

Criticism

The author identifies the paradoxical quality of Vulnerability, being strong enough to get hurt, as the best part of his theater experiences.

Best of 2011-2012

Criticism

"These works felt necessary, essential. They needed to be made and thus performed and thereby witnessed."

Best of 2011-2012: Pina

Criticism

A 2011 film about Pina Bausch inspires Stuart Pimsler to reflect on his own journey. (Don't forget the Sage Awards on October 17.)

Live tweets from the Iveys

Audience | Criticism | Production | Vision

Levi Weinhagen live tweets the Ivey Awards tonight for us @minnesotaplays #iveyawards #theaterprom #canyoubetoosnarky

Best of 2011-2012: The Dragons are Singing Tonight

Criticism

TigerLion Arts combine spectacle with big stories. Even when they make a children's play, they continue to impress.

Best of 2011-2012: A Bun for a Door Handle

Criticism

Have you considered what your tech choices, or lack of choices, tell the audience about the world of the play?

How do you define Quality?

Criticism

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director digs deeper into conversations about Quality and uncovers the land mines.

Best of 2011-2012: The Ravagers

Criticism

"Theater – really good theater – makes you feel alive even as you are literally stepping over dead bodies."

Best of 2011-2012: Bearded Men Improv

Criticism

Great improv contains so many more elements than just quick wit. There's got to be heart, physicality, and tech.

Best of 2011-2012

Criticism

Carleton College Professor highlights four very different productions that are united by how well the ensemble works together.

Best of 2011-2012: The Birthday Party

Criticism

Harold Pinter's work is not for everyone, but for the people who love it, "The Birthday Party" was worth celebrating.

Best of 2011-2012

Criticism

"Snowfuck" and "A Bun for A Door Handle" lived so far outside the author's traditional theater expectations in a way that felt miraculous.

Writing about Writing about Writing

Criticism | Fringe

Playwright and theater journalist writes about the struggle between being a playwright and writing about plays.

Suggestion box

Criticism | Innovation | Management

We're considering a major redesign of the website in the coming months. Now is your chance to send us your suggestions.

In praise of Christmas past

Audience | Criticism

After watching Kevin Kling's latest show at the Fitzgerald, Matt wonders whether the essence of the season is nostalgia.

Mother Goose and her dancers

Criticism

How are nursery rhymes like a dance company? Linda Shapiro illuminates both in her review of Zenon's holiday show.

A separate peace

Criticism

In his third try, Matt discovers a holiday show that inspires him to yearn for the lack of war that the season demands.

Nuts!

Criticism

Ballet of the Dolls and Le Cirque Rouge team to blow up the season's Nutcracker cliches.

Not feeling it

Criticism

After seeing DHM Productions version of "A Christmas Carol," Matt McGeachy makes a request to Santa.

A musical revue with a war in the background

Criticism

Matt McGeachy reviews "A Civil War Christmas," the first in a series of reviews this month.

Civilization and its playwrights

Criticism

A rash of contemporary plays argue that you should throw off the chains of civilization and embrace your inner savage.

Short on pig

Criticism | Process

A well done production hindered by adaptation choices.

Best of 2010-2011: Chimera

Audience | Criticism

Deborah Stein and Suli Holum's creation crawled under the Bedlam Artistic Director's skin.

Best of 2010-2011: Red Resurrected

Audience | Criticism

Spare need not be empty. With the aid of the audience's imagination, minimal has maximum effect.

Best of 2010-2011: New Play Readings

Criticism | Innovation

"When you need to feel complicit in something, like you belong to a community, go see a reading."

The state of the arts is strong

Criticism

"We are surrounded by artists who are wrestling with the issues of the day, and that makes life better for all of us."

Worst of 2010-2011: Lack of thoughtfulness

Criticism | Process

"So often shows are either out of breath or holding their breath."

Best of 2010-2011: Laurie Van Wieren

Criticism | Innovation

Laurie Van Wieran's "2nd Draft: Who Made These Video Tapes" helps us recognize what it means to be here now.

Best of 2010-2011: Tracey Maloney

Criticism

If theater writing were more like sportswriting, you would know more about the ins and outs of how actors do great work.

Best of 2010-2011: The Oldest Story in the World

Criticism | Vision

The Playwrights' Center's new Artistic Director tells us why he feels at home here in the Twin Cities.

The best is yet to come

Audience | Criticism | Vision

Challenging is a criteria for excellence that Minnesota may experience more in the year to come.

A conversion experience

Criticism | Tradition

"The dramatic structure of the play actually seems like the sort of thing a virtuosic theater director might undertake on a dare."

A great space Christmas

Audience | Criticism | Tradition

"You can bet if the Klingons were in two wars at once, and had been for years, they would have the knobby alien balls to own up to it."

Unbearable lightness of holiday theater

Criticism | Tradition | Vision

Snow can be heavy, dirty, and hard to handle. Holiday shows are not. Matt Sciple thinks they might benefit from a bit more blizzard, a bit less whitewash.

Balancing act

Criticism

Joseph Scrimshaw begins the month with praise for the kind of effortless comic acting, balancing humor and pathos, that we don't see enough.

Open windows

Criticism

Offleash Area's co-Artistic Director expects a lot from the work he sees. This year, he was inspired by John Munger.

Behold(en)

Criticism

What makes great dance? For dancer and choreographer Penny Freeh, Uri Sands "Earth" lingers.

Meaning and nothingness

Criticism

People spout shameless nonsense just for attention. Regular Playlist contributor John Middleton begs you not to be one of those people.

Disruption

Criticism

Theater, like scotch and jazz and fine food, is best enjoyed with time. Sid Solomon doesn't think you should judge before you let it marinate.

Body slams and pile drivers

Criticism

"In a state where it’s winter most of the year, I hope that every theater experience wants to bring a little heat to the audiences’ collective soul."

How to be a critic

Criticism

Clarity is not your friend; foreign-sounding words are - and other tricks of the critical trade from John Middleton.

The dance scene

Criticism | Vision

Decentralized, political, process-oriented, and anti-fashion: Does that sound like the dance you've seen around town?

How to be a bad director

Criticism | Production

For audience, actors, and writers alike, Isaac Butler attempts to create a quick guide to saving yourself from that horrible director.

ASFB: Giving oneself over to a shadow dance

Criticism

Playwright Tom Poole cracks wise on critics of dance and on dance criticism.

Thespis to theater in America: “Why can’t I quit you?”

Criticism | Vision

A dramatic dialogue in which theater addict Matt Sciple hides behind the fake moustache of satire to question the value of his chosen profession.

ASFB: Like Ferris wheels in a windstorm

Criticism

Architect Phillip Koski examines the nuts and bolts of ASFB's choreography.

ASFB: Undiscovered country worth exploring

Criticism

Theater critic Ed Huyck explores new territory and is invigorated, puzzled, rewarded.

Dancing around a subject

Audience | Criticism

The audience responds, live, to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Northop Auditorium on Tuesday, March 8.

An experiment in criticism

Criticism

Introducing a new series on criticism, responses to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

At stake when writing a “bad” review: trust and excellence

Criticism

Matt McGeachy on why critics put their own particular version of excellence at stake in their critiques.

The artist as critic

Criticism

Max "Bunny" Sparber looks at the increasing crossover between artists and critics.

Theater and chaos

Criticism | Process

Max "Bunny" Sparber looks as examples of performance in which every production is going to be as new for the performers as it is for the audience.

What's wrong with best of lists?

Criticism

Max "Bunny" Sparber asks if there is any value in end-of-the-year "Best of" lists.

The missing Minnesota mythos

Criticism | Vision

"We are on the cusp of a change in what Twin Cities theater is, or at least, what it is willing to do."

When critic meets playwright

Criticism | Innovation

Muzzle the urge to call that theater critic a despicable prick. The critic may just be the best friend a new work can have.

Corporate welfare crybaby hypocrites

Criticism

Cutting arts funding is moronic fiscal policy; it can only be justified as cultural revenge killling.

Shame on me

Criticism

Can Pure Confidence save theater? MinnesotaPlaylist tries to convert one theater skeptic at a time, starting with local writer Brad Zellar.

Using the tubes

Criticism | Management

Two rules for online media: If you build it, they won't come, and everything will take more labor than you think. Scared? Don't worry. There are options.

Batman knows all

Criticism

Storyteller and blogger phillip low considers Jeffrey Hatcher's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a new twist on the original two-face story.

Critical interview

Criticism

Four Twin Cities critics sit down for a wide-ranging interview on the tension in their role, their relationship to artists and responsibility to readers.

Review this

Criticism

How should a critic pick what shows to review? The Star Tribune's Graydon Royce sends us an honest question. How would you respond?

The follow-up

Criticism | Management

Some journalists will tell you that they haven't got time to answer their phones. Call them anyway.

The press release

Criticism | Management

Don't give reporters reason to curse you. Make sure your press release spreads word of your show, easy and smooth.

Watch out

Criticism

Prof. Paul Woodruff wrote a book on the “art of watching and being watched.” You should avoid reading it if you possibly can.

In defense of theater

Criticism

There's no good reason, but if you want to spell it R-E, go right ahead.

Useless is useful

Criticism | Vision

Grazing through other intellectual commentary on the arts, Ryan Hartigan turns Oscar Wilde’s aphorism "All art is useless" inside out.

Generosity and inanity

Criticism | Tradition

"Normally when I say 'cult' I’m being negative. This is a special holiday exception. "

Baby, it's cold outside

Audience | Criticism | Tradition

What is a religious experience? What is magic? What does Fat Man Crying have to tell us about these questions and more?

Holiday (show) virgin

Criticism

Our first crack at the question of why people go see holiday shows comes from playwright Tom Poole. For some reason, raccoons come up.

Speaking of place

Criticism

Where you live matters. This last essay on Minnesota Style delves deep into the world of architecture. Just as with theater, discipline and restraint reappear.

Art in an outpost

Criticism

Enjoy this excellent article, exchanged with mnartists.org, on the Minnesota tradition in visual arts. As similar to the performance scene as a sibling.

Anti-anxiety of influence

Criticism | Process

Minnesota Style is the sum total of the people who live here. Regular contributor John Middleton explores how we learn the style we call our own.

Penumbra style

Criticism | Vision

While Garrison Keillor seems like Minnesota's essential national representative, don't forget that Penumbra Theatre nurtured the equally famous August Wilson.

The Minnesota Way

Criticism | Tradition

Wendy Knox and Bain Boehlke. Michelle Hensley and Lou Bellamy. Do they have anything in common? Quinton Skinner tracks it down.

The art of participation

Criticism | Innovation

Through analysis and experience, Camille LeFevre distills the essence of audience participation outside the black box into a quick study guide for audiences.

Your mission

Criticism | Vision

If you aren't viciously committed to your nonprofit's mission, then you should pull the plug on your next show. And maybe even your entire institution.

Redefining excellence

Criticism

No one strives for mediocre, yet excellence is as hard to define as a fish is to hold. But Matt McGeachy attempts it while thinking on ". . .Virginia Woolf"

Multiple dimensions

Criticism

For some theater artists this year, John Heimbuch's "The Transdimensional Couriers Union" was the show to see. Nicholas Leeman explains his excitement.