May 27, 2011

Lyn Gardner on reviewing actors’ performances – 15 May 2011

‘Want to read an in-depth review of a star performance? Turn to the sports pages.’

A few weeks ago, there was a symposium at Kent University with the title: What Is Theatre Criticism For? No satisfactory answer was found. But one of the issues raised was why today’s critics no longer write about acting, or at least not with any of the zest and descriptive power of their predecessors. This coincided with the arrival of a letter from an actors’ agency asking me to mention actors in reviews more often. [More]    

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