Not a day goes by without someone, somewhere grinding their axe on a theatre production. This can be in print or more recently, in online criticism. Equally, theatre workers diss the critics, especially when their production has been less than favourably treated.
The issue of the quality of play reviewing is of sufficient interest we would have thought, to garner some commentary. However, this poll on the quality of theatre criticism wasn’t well responded to in terms of numbers, and we wonder whether or not there is a general malaise or simple disinterest (by this small – but niche – readership at least) about the issue. It also opens up another poll which we’ll release soon; this one on what makes for a good piece of theatre criticism. But to the results of this poll …
Clearly the quality of play reviewing varies here in Australia and elsewhere, and the results show this; perhaps this wasn’t a good option to put – seems far too obvious. No respondent thought the overall standard to be ‘Excellent,’ but a quarter of all respondents thought the quality of play reviewing in their locale to be ‘Awful.’
One comment: Pandering, uncritical and written as if the “critic” is looking for friends
Here are the results