As much as Engine28.com is a theater journalism blitz, it’s also an experiment. As reporters, we want to figure out how to make our work more useful to those who read/watch/listen to/consume it. Even the toughest critics among us are in it for the love of the game (it certainly isn’t for the big bucks) and just like theater makers, we hope to serve, and maybe even please, our audiences.
And so I ask:
Dear Theater Practitioners:
- Beyond visibility for your production/work, what should theater journalists provide?
- What’s the issue we overlook most, or seem to avoid covering?
- Would you ever consider making changes based on a review?
- Do you care about reading a review of a show that you haven’t seen, or may never see?
- When you read a review, are you looking for context, a thumbs up/down, or something more?
- Are we “biased” about certain subject matter? What would it take to overcome that perception?
And the question all good reporters ask at the end of interviews: What else should I have asked about?
Start the conversation in the comment box below. Speak now or forever hold your peace. Or at least until we post our next review.