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