The Critic

What is the role of the critic?

Key Considerations

  • audience and purpose
  • play as script vs. play as production
  • objective/descriptive vs. subjective/evaluative
  • production: acting plus anything else?
  • goal: balanced, comprehensive, accurate, fair, thoughtful

Review of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at The Alley Theatre

Goethe’s Three Critical Questions

  1. What was the artist trying to do?
  2. Was he/she successful in doing it?
  3. Was it worth doing?

Always Consider…

  • Popular/Commercial Success vs. Critical Success
    Example: Wicked
  • Journalistic vs. Academic Criticism
  • Moral vs. Artistic Criticism
  • Personal Taste and Values


DidHeLikeIt: Ben Brantley and The New York Times

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