Thursday, April 10, 2008

Deep thoughts and shallow puns.

Georgia Strait theatre critic Colin Thomas is interviewed by The Next Stage. Thought this was of interest:
Vancouver has too many cheerleading critics, which is one of the reasons that the level of public discussion about theatre is low.

Incidentally, I think that theatre artists have a responsibility here, too. Part of that responsibility is learning how to differentiate between themselves and their work. We’ve got to be able to talk honestly, respectfully — and frankly — about the art form we all love.

What’s the difference between a theatregoer and a hockey fan? When the home team loses, a hockey fan isn’t afraid to pick apart the team’s performance to see what worked and what didn’t. Sports fans aren’t afraid of offending the players, for God’s sake; they want them to get better and to win.
Speaking of hockey, I’ll be checking the Montreal-Boston score at intermission tonight. I’ve dressed a little statue of Shakespeare in a Habs scarf and will keep him dressed like that until the Canadiens are eliminated or bring home the Stanley Cup.

What? Have you never heard of the tradition of the play-off Bard?

3 comments:

Simon said...

Hey Kelly, thanks for the link. I think I'm going to have to suggest the play-off bard to the 'nucks for next season. God knows they something, anything to help them.

Just wanted to mention that Colin's last name is actually Thomas.

Cheers!

J. Kelly said...

Thanks Simon. Hastily written post! I've fixed it...

Jacob Zimmer said...

am thinking a lot about the relationship of the critic to the form and the artists (and their relationship to the form).

In short - yes something more substantial in term of communication would really seem to be required in the public forum, to talk about theatre as art and to talk about art as if it matters

and just wanted to cross link this to a similar discussion on another Toronto blog: http://chrisdupuis.blogspot.com/2008/04/problem-with-arts-journalism.html

there is of course the problem that with many less arts writers and column space and even less agreement on what "winning" looks like or how one might go about that.