On Warming (Up to) Our Audiences

Last week on the Guardian’s “Noises Off,” Chris Wilkinson asked the title question “Are audiences too old?”  In the post, he rounds up the voices from the blogosphere that have been sounding off on this subject lately–many spurred by concerns raised about audience in Outrageous Fortune. The comments Wilkinson’s post elicited are quite interesting–many of … Continue reading

The WTB

You’ve heard of The W (a hotel), The WB (a tv network), TBS (another tv network), and The BLT (a sandwich), and now I present to you–The WTB–updated and explicated. For those of you just tuning in, the WTB are Women Theatre Bloggers. Why a list of WTB? In recent years, several studies have indicated … Continue reading

‘Woman to Woman,’ Do You Write about Theatre?

Today on The Guardian‘s theatre blog, Noises Off, Chris Wilkinson acknowledges Drama Daily’s (still growing) list of Women Theatre Bloggers.  Check out his post: “Hands Up for Women in Theatre.” Hopefully, other women who write about theatre will read Chris’s post and identify themselves so that I can make the list as comprehensive as possible before … Continue reading

British Theatre Today: Golden Age? Near Utopia? (A Guardian recap)

In his latest post (“British theatre isn’t a utopia yet–but we’re on our way“) on the Guardian theatre blog, Michael Billington highlights the various ways British theatre has adapted to the times, reinvigorated itself, and, therefore, thrived in the past year. He points to new talent, authorship diversity more representative of Britan’s multicultural population, and … Continue reading

Children’s Theatre, Not Mere ‘Child’s Play’

Children’s Theatre, Not Mere ‘Child’s Play’ David Harradine’s most recent post on the Guardian theatre blog highlights the great children’s theatre currently being produced in London by companies that typically only play to adult audiences.  As Harradine also notes, children’s theatre in general continues to work to overcome the (mis)perception that it is inferior to … 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

In Defense of Live Theatre (conted)

In Defense of Live Theatre (conted) Last month a post by Patrick Healy on the Guardian Theatre blog got me thinking again about liveness, as it relates to the theatre, in ways that I had not in nearly a decade, since I first read Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (1999) by Philip Auslander.  (Here … Continue reading

Older Means of Reviewing No Longer Worth Its Weight in Stars?

“Older Means of Reviewing No Longer Worth Its Weight in Stars?” Below is an excerpt from John Ellingsworth’s most recent post “Could Twitter Spell the End of Star Ratings?” on The Guardian theatre blog, and it’s worth a read, particularly if you have been following last week’s conversation over at the Parabasis blog about the (de)merits … Continue reading

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