Critic as Artist or Critic vs. Artist

Critic as Artist or Critic vs. Artist Is theatre criticism a learned craft , an organic art form, or both? Put differently, are artists themselves not critics of sorts? And, are critics not also artists in their own right? One need look no further than the writings of G.B. Shaw and Oscar Wilde for historical … Continue reading

Experimentation vs. Convention in Dramatic Writing

Experimentation vs. Convention in Dramatic Writing I will always remember with nostalgic fondness my first encounter with experimental dramatists in Suzanne Westfall’s Modern Drama course during my undergrad studies at Lafayette.  Susan Glaspell’s Machinal, Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, and August Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata were delicious counterpoints to my footings in Marlowe, Shakespeare, … Continue reading

Dowd the Rogue Dramatist

Dowd the Rogue Dramatist On Sunday, July 12, the NYT featured yet another Op-ed by Maureen Dowd about…drum roll…SARAH PALIN.  Shocking, I know.  In this piece,entitled “Sweet Tweet Revenge,” Dowd has composed a faux Twitter dialogue between Sarah Palin and John McCain, both of whom do, indeed, tweet.  Back in April, I wrote a post … Continue reading

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