Tag Archives: meta criticism

Time To Rethink A Certain Reindeer Story

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It’s December and the ubiquitous holiday music – playing since mid-November – reminds us that Christmas is just around the corner.  I’ve always been troubled by one particular Christmas carol I first learned at the tender age of 4: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You know the story, right? Young buck born with funny nose. Ostracized and bullied for it. Naturally, an extenuating circumstance (“one foggy ...

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Should Critics Expect a Plus-One Ticket?

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The Telegraph: Critics have a job to perform at the theater: to help the public understand where to spend hard earned dollars and precious time.  Of course, it never hurts to have a little fun on the job and critics often invite a friend to accompany them to the office on the theater’s dime.  The Artistic Director of Britain’s National Theatre, Rufus Norris, is changing ...

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Self-criticism: A theater critic’s search for nuance in the age of Yelp

LA Times:  Looking back on 10 years in Los Angeles, LA Times’ chief theater critic, Charles McNulty, gives his observations on what is troubling about theater criticism in the digital age and how these issues might be addressed.

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Stage Raw’s First Symposium: “Visualizing the Invisible: Form and Content”

Stage Raw, Steven Morris, Tracey Paleo, Bill Raden, Charles McNulty, Margaret Gray, John Flynn

Stage Raw: These are tumultuous days for the theater community in Los Angeles, but one thing is for sure: There has never been a better time for the community to draw together for the purposes of thought-provoking self-analysis.  Paul Birchall reports on Stage Raw’s first of three symposia: “Visualizing the Invisible: Form and Content.”

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