As the economy in this country is violently shaken, money spent on live theatre is quickly becoming a rare commodity. Is there not a more important time to hold creative types to task? A critic must demand that creators avoid slipping into a Hollywood mindset of crafting flashy blockbusters; rather they carry forward the tradition of cultural enrichment.
A critic must stand alone, unaffected by any controlling interests or pressures to valiantly inform their reader. "It is only by remaining collected, and refusing to lend himself to the point of view of the practical man, that the critic can do the practical man any service," wrote Matthew Arnold.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Critics Hold Fast
From Jams Sims in Variety: