Wednesday, September 03, 2008

An Interview with -- Me! -- on Extra Criticum (Part 4 of 7)

I was very flattered when Rolando Teco, whose new blog Extra Criticum is pretty damn cool and has a lot of potential, asked me to participate in an experiment in which his various writers and contributors would ask a bunch of questions of me as a critic. Well, the fourth installment is up; there will be seven parts (and a bonus). And who knows who I'll alienate this time!

Here's the tease:

Q: Have you ever seen a play and felt like you had nothing to say about it, and if so, what did you do? Is it possible to identify which characteristics of a production tend to cause this reaction?

A: The easiest reviews to write are about the shows you feel passionately about. This is another way of saying that ambivalence can be absolutely deadly to a critic and the process of writing the review will feel like—and usually read like—drudge work....

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