Theatre & Critics, not just frenemies, but friends? Lynn Gardner weighs in (again)

On the Guardian theatre blog today, Lynn Gardner revisits the perennial topic of theatre and criticism. Her post’s title sums it up: theatre and critics need each other. Her post was inspired by the recent initiative by National Theatre Wales to nurture new critical voices.

I think this line in particular really resonates: “[I]t remains crucial for a developing theatre culture that there is coverage of all types of theatre in all parts…”

And I would add that a diverse and healthy theatre culture needs not only coverage and coverage of all types of theatre, but also diverse critical voices willing to experience a range of work, from the most tried and true plays on Broadway to the unknown, sometimes idiosyncratic plays of  offoffBroadway and beyond.

(P.S. I loathe the word frenemy. I’d like to see it on Lake Superior State University’s list of banished words this year!!!)


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