I think of blogs not as alternatives to reviews or essays, but as a
forum for short items, news and remarks, as well as links and responses to longer pieces posted on the sites that commission them. I could be wrong, though, as I'm not really a reader of blogs.
And the following from an interview with Sarah Ruhl in TimeOut Chicago:
Interviewer:You’re part of a wave of playwrights interested in the
whimsical—less naturalism than surrealism. What do you make of that trend?
RUHL: I think people are bored of watching watered-down television onstage. I think playwrights are responding to that.
Interviewer: What do you mean by “watered-down television”?
RUHL: What I mean is family dramas that take place in a house with furniture, and there’s an issue at the center of it and a secret that is
Interviewer:But couldn’t one say that this whimsy-playwriting—with its quick scene cuts, interior fantasy sequences, breezy dialogue—is influenced more by TV trends than by theatrical tradition?
RUHL: I don’t really watch TV, so I don’t know....
(Emphasis is mine.)