Theater critics are known for their direct points of view. They don’t often meet in the middle, as they either have an exclamation of love for one production and utter distaste for the next. We watched Statler and Waldorf from an early age critique their way through all of the Muppets showtimes. This may have altered our perception as to what a Theater Critic actually does.
The stage of the Theater is a promising acquisition of talents and enthralling acts. It is the role of a critic to see beyond the starry lights and smiles and look at the overall delivery of the performance. There are no rights or wrongs in an opinion or review. It is however the responsibility of the critic to be neutral and unobscured by any previous notions regarding the director, crew, content or cast. Remaining objective will build a confident rapport with the theatrical community.
One of the first things a critic will take note of is the audience. The diversity of guests and ages who took an interest in the impending program. They will gauge the reactions that come from the seats in comparison with their own thoughts during the scenes. This will lead to understanding the directors intention. A critic will be able to discern the vision and see if it follows through or proverbially flops. In conjunction with the concept, next comes the execution.
A critic will watch as the plot unfolds. The execution or implementation of the stage are broken up into four categories.
- The Writing
- Cast Chemistry and Talents
- Props and Stage Appeals
- Extra and Unique Additions
It is not one, but all of these under the directors direction that gives a grand presentation. When you are captivated by the whole without the individual pieces, you may not notice some of the smaller mishaps or inconsistencies. That is where the critics job begins. They look at the aspects on a separate level while simultaneously seeing how they flow together. If the writing is below par yet the cast and stage presence were exceptional, the critic can comment on them distinctively without tanking the entire show.
The Critics Review
In the review, you will find base information about the theatrical presentation. The goal is to disclose details without giving away the plot. You will find background intel such as who the director is, when was the piece written and the varied members of the cast and crew. The thumbs up or down connotation will usually be direct and to the point. There is no need to read between the lines as it is the critics commitment to offer an honest assessment. Theater enthusiasts rely on these reviews to determine their showtime schedule and are appreciative of the featured elements. It is not the desire of a critic to thwart the directors dreams. They offer an opinion that may say hey or nay, yet it is the audiences and the heart of the show that really matter.