Black Swan, Reviews, and Reading Habits

Warning: Spoiler Alert This is not a post about reviews per se, but about when we read them–that is before or after the event.  Today I had a very pure movie experience.  I saw Black Swan without having read anything about it beforehand, and for that I am grateful.  I knew the film starred Natalie … Continue reading

Jobsite Theater’s “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” (Review)

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Jobsite Theater’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal Lucy’s locked up; Van (aka Linus) is a pothead; Matt (aka Pigpen) is a germaphobe; Van’s Sister (Sally) is a goth girl; Marcy and Tricia (Peppermint Patty) are sex-obsessed gossip girls; and Beethoven and CB (short, obviously, for Charlie Brown) are … Continue reading

Metacriticism: Making Lemonade Out of A Lemon Review

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What do you do with a negative review?  Burn it? Ignore it? Paper the critic’s house? (Don’t worry, I’m not going to do this.) Get creative with captions?: “Read what the critics are not saying about…” It is never easy to be on the receiving end of a negative review.  Trust me, I know firsthand. … Continue reading

Tonight and Sat., “Pericles-Prince of Tires,” HERE Arts Center in NYC (Review)

Tampa’s Jobsite Theater Company is currently performing its critically acclaimed production of Pericles at New York’s HERE Arts Center (145 Sixth Avenue, between Spring and Broome).  The show will run for a limited engagement thru this Saturday, April 17.  Check out this site for more details. This riotous, highly entertaining  rock musical adaptation, which premiered last August … Continue reading

Metablogging: Drama Daily’s 2009 Recap

Metablogging: Drama Daily’s 2009 Recap As 2009 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the plays and topics Drama Daily has covered and what lies ahead for this theatre blog.  Since its inception last March, this blog has discussed and/or reviewed approximately 40 plays, which are listed below in ABC order by author’s last … Continue reading

Playwrite and Review with Caution

I don’t know how I missed this St. Pete Times article by critic John Fleming from January 2009 on the ethical complexity of an individual working as both a playwright and a critic, but it is an interesting read as are the responses it elicited, particularly Michael Feingold’s. The debate was sparked by concerns about … Continue reading

‘Tis the Season for “A Doll’s House” at Dramaworks (Review)

‘Tis the Season for “A Doll’s House” at Dramaworks (Review) ‘Tis the season for A Doll’s House, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s classic portrait of nineteenth century marriage and gender roles that unfolds on Christmas Eve and Christmas day in 1879, also the year in which it was written and first staged. The title’s significance, broached by Nora … Continue reading

Critics Center Stage, Still

Critics Center Stage, Still “The great misapprehension that shrouds the association’s code of practice is the belief that critics are part of the theatre community and that we should do everything in our power to encourage and support it. That is wrong. We are observers, not participants, and our only loyalty should be to our … Continue reading

Aphra Behn’s The Amorous Prince, Or, The Curious Husband. A Comedy.

The Amorous Prince, Or, The Curious Husband. A Comedy. By Aphra Behn. 2 down. 16 to go. Join me in reading the 18 plays of Aphra Behn (1640-1689). If you don’t know who she is, click here for a biographical overview. Click here for information on the Aphra Behn Society. Aphra in Duffy’s Or More than … Continue reading

Naked Women Fully Clothed at Women’s Theatre Project

Naked Women Fully Clothed at Women’s Theatre Project In “Naked Women Fully Clothed,” currently running at Sixth Star Studios in Ft. Lauderdale, Women’s Theatre Project offers up a mixed theatrical fare with equally mixed results.  With this said and before going into further detail, the audience, myself included, enjoyed many laugh-out-loud moments thanks to especially strong … Continue reading

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