Exploring change for the awkward arts zealot: Survival


The Machine wants us. Do we rage against it, run away from it or try to dismantle it from the inside?

REVIEW: 'Homegrown' at The Playwrights' Center


Is it enough for a play to be perfectly good if it doesn't connect where it counts?

BLOG: Butts in Seats

It's live performance. It's dependent on people showing up. How do we do that, exactly?

We're pretty smart and that's OK


Let's give local theater some credit for giving local audiences some credit.

Learning to love arts criticism


Does a type of arts criticism exist that would please artists, audiences, and newspaper editors at the same time?

BLOG: Is It Really Real?

Criticism | Production | Tradition

We all have a problem with figuring out "authenticity", and South Carolina still has a problem with lesbians.

Reviewing the reviews: How subjective is too subjective?


A critic owns up to his personal bias, but does he still do the production a disservice?

On dance, theater, efficacy and form


Looking through the prisms of form, character and audience expectation to see why "theater is 50 years behind dance."

Why another Shakespeare festival?


Celebrations of the Bard are coming hot and heavy this year. A founder of a new Shakespeare film fest explains why we can't have too many.

REVIEW: 'Detroit' at The Jungle Theater


The Jungle's latest is well-written, well-produced, well-acted and well worth seeing. And yet...