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10 Articles on Gender Parity You Need to Read Right Now

Ten gender parity articles you may have missed over the summer. Grab a cuppa and read.

Certified Fresh?: A Call to Review Our Review Aggregators

Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic are valuable tools, but they're in need of improvement.

Theater Critic Helen Shaw: Monster in the Audience

"We prepare and experience and think and respond, but know? I don't know anything."

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Reminds Us How to Empathize

In a post-empathy world, Yiadom-Boakye at the New Museum appeals to our humanity.

How Diep Tran Hones Her Theater Criticism — With Anger

No one believes that full-time criticism is a viable career option, she says.

Defining Diversity Down: The Meaning of Jesse Green

In an article in Exeunt Magazine (featuring, among others, CFR contributor Martha Wade Steketee), there's a thoughtful roundtable that gently laments the hiring of...

After Lyn Gardner: Want Great Arts Coverage? Pay For It.

Short of paywalls, what is the solution?

Chris Rawson, Theater Critic, On Honoring August Wilson

"If something seems wrong about the show...it may be the key to something important."

What the Debate Over That “Big River” Review Really Means

"Room for disagreement" could also be the subtitle of America in 2017.

Bill Hirschman: Theater Criticism’s Cockeyed Optimist

"An opinion is not criticism; it’s not even good reviewing."

Can a Playwright Be a Critic? Eliza Bent Says Yes

There is such an "orthodoxy" as to who can and who cannot be a critic.

Theater Critic Frank Rizzo Balances Head and Heart

"A little self-doubt, humor or humility can give an opinion authenticity."

The Shame of Pre-Judging Art: “Family Ties” for the Stage

Let's remember to judge works when they're ready.

Feminist Theater Critic Jill Dolan Faces the World

"Sometimes I think I lead from the heart, and my heart often bleeds a little."

TV Criticism So White and Male

The voices establishing the canon and critical language of TV echo its lack of diversity.

More Casual References to Race in Theater Reviews

"Casual" and "aggression" are not compatible states of being.

The Murder of the Creative Class

Scott Timberg says that the creative class is being killed. What are you going to do about

To Love a Mockingbird

Unstinting progressivism that practically leaps off the page.

How to Write about a Terrible Performance

Critic James Jorden demonstrates a constructive way to loathe a performance.