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Alec Baldwin on Theatre Criticism

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Alec Baldwin on Theatre Criticism

Postby number6 » Thu May 16, 2013 11:02 am

How Broadway Has Changed

Isthmus could learn a thing or two from Mr Baldwin.
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Re: Alec Baldwin on Theatre Criticism

Postby massimo » Thu May 16, 2013 11:49 am

uhhh, a little help here?

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Re: Alec Baldwin on Theatre Criticism

Postby Stebben84 » Thu May 16, 2013 11:54 am

If you can't take criticism, you shouldn't be in the arts.

You come across as incredibly whiny by the way.
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Re: Alec Baldwin on Theatre Criticism

Postby Detritus » Thu May 16, 2013 12:34 pm

number6 wrote:How Broadway Has Changed

Isthmus could learn a thing or two from Mr Baldwin.

I'm not sure I follow. Your reviewer, however under-informed he may have been, was enthusiastic enough. Baldwin's reviewer seemed truly not to care whether he ever saw another show.

It is criminal, I agree, that a theater reviewer in a town with a relatively rich history of Asian theater, not to mention one graced with the presence of Kabuki specialist David Furumoto, would be so stupid about the whole thing. I also detest the habit found in so many reviewers of parading their own knowledge in the guise of criticism, which is how I read his comments on the casting.

Both phenomena are unfortunately common, however, and hardly limited to small towns like this one.
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Re: Alec Baldwin on Theatre Criticism

Postby number6 » Thu May 16, 2013 2:04 pm

@Stebben84:
So it's "whining" to point out when a reviewer literally makes stuff up to support his view of the play? "Kabuki puppets"? "East Asian music"? Associating a playwright with a Twitter account when said playwright doesn't even have a Twitter account?

You'll note that Isthmus finally decided to edit out Mr Connors' ignorance with respect to Kabuki. And one of the Midsummer musicians himself commented (on the review page, go see for yourself) that the music is definitely NOT "East Asian" either.

You'll also note that Isthmus edited Mr Connors' other review (for "The Arsonists"), removing Mr Connors' reference to the Twitter account and its "scatalogical humor".

If this is whining, then more people should "whine" more loudly and more often, because Isthmus reviewers are guilty of this A LOT. It's insulting to the artists involved when a reviewer can't even get basic facts straight, yet uses his delusional worldview to make observations on the art. More egregiously, it's intellectually lazy as well as journalistically sloppy and unethical.

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@Detritus:
For me, the most important thing with respect to Isthmus' recent reviews was:

A critic's job is to evaluate two things: what you are attempting to do and how close do you come to pulling it off.


I can't remember the last time an Isthmus reviewer came to a show and analyzed the production in this manner. It's more like, "Yeah, I sorta liked it. Didn't think this one guy could act so well, but the lead female was great." THIS is what passes for criticism?

Just ... don't.
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Re: Alec Baldwin on Theatre Criticism

Postby jjoyce » Thu May 16, 2013 2:42 pm

I think we could all learn a few things from Alec Baldwin.

That said, I wonder how much local theater he's reviewed.
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Re: Alec Baldwin on Theatre Criticism

Postby Detritus » Thu May 16, 2013 5:21 pm

jjoyce wrote:I think we could all learn a few things from Alec Baldwin.

How not to handle a divorce, for one.
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