analytical and interpretive fashion about something elusive
powerful because readers depend on them to make choices
decide the life or death of a piece of art.
casual, humorous, smart-alecky mode has become the default
void a stuffy or snobby tone
informal, clever, occasionally snarky approach
balance enthusiasm, critical distance, skepticism, understanding of the scene, hunger for innovation, respect for tradition and the desire to entertain
ommunicate the honest reaction to the major elements of the production.
identify the artist's intentions
infectious and leads to ticket sales.
honestly and impartially assess
weigh separate elements in the analysis and distinguish the efforts
udgments are based on the quality of the language, designs, acting and the general impact
avoid reading my colleagues' work on shows I cover
"Groupthink is never any good when it comes to art.
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